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Colours of Australia

  • November 1, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Colours of Australia

When Dorothea Mackeller wrote the infamous poem My Country, she wrote about the colours of the Australian landscape. She captured the colours of Australia on paper perfectly. For example: “jewel sea”; “sapphire-misted mountains”; “brown streams”; “grey-blue distance”; and “land of rainbow gold”.  I have always thought of this poem as being quintessentially true-blue Aussie.

Unless you have actually witnessed some of our Australian landscapes in person, particularly in the remote outback areas, tropical far north and sprawling coastline, you may not believe that the photographs have not been photoshopped to enhance the colours. I can state categorically this collection of Australian landscapes have not been colour enhanced. These vivid and brilliant colours are what the eye sees in this vast brown land of ours.

BLUE AS ………

Cape Bridgewater, Vic

Cape Bridgewater, Vic

Beach along the Great Ocean Road, Vic

Beach along the Great Ocean Road, Vic

JEWEL SEAS

Red Bluff Beach, Quobba WA

Red Bluff Beach, Quobba WA

Surfing Dolphins at Kalbarri WA

Surfing Dolphins at Kalbarri WA

Swimming with a Whale Shark on the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth WA

Swimming with a Whale Shark on the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth WA

Marina at Coral Bay WA

Marina at Coral Bay WA

GREEN AS ………

Tamar River Valley, Tas

Tamar River Valley, Tas

Entrance to Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungles WA

Entrance to Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungles WA

Green Lorikeet Parrots in Emerald Qld

Green Lorikeet Parrots in Emerald Qld

Rainforests in Springbrook Qld

Rainforests in Springbrook Qld

RED AS ……….

The red dirt on the drive into Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula WA

The red dirt on the drive into Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula WA

Oxide Red Cliffs at Kalbarri WA

Oxide Red Cliffs at Kalbarri WA

Stuart Desert Pea growing wild in The Pilbara WA

Stuart Desert Pea growing wild in The Pilbara WA

Sun setting over the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach WA

Sun setting over the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach WA

BROWN AS ……….

Emus in Cape Range National Park, Exmouth WA

Emus in Cape Range National Park, Exmouth WA

Rocky Wallaby and Joey at Lake Argyle WA

Rocky Wallaby and Joey at Lake Argyle WA

Brown muddy waters in the Murchison River Gorge, Kalbarri WA

Brown muddy waters in the Murchison River Gorge, Kalbarri WA

YELLOW AS ……….

Canola Fields on the Eyre Peninsula SA

Canola Fields on the Eyre Peninsula SA

Yellow Desert Sand at The Pinnacles Desert WA

Yellow Desert Sand at The Pinnacles Desert WA

A Ray of Light Shining on the Escarpment at Lake Argyle WA

A Ray of Light Shining on the Escarpment at Lake Argyle WA

PINK AS ……….

Bougainvillea Flowers at Daly Waters Pub NT

Bougainvillea Flowers at Daly Waters Pub NT

A Soft Pink Sunset over Lake Alexandrina, SA

A Soft Pink Sunset over Lake Alexandrina, SA

Pink Salt Water in Lake McDonnell SA

Pink Salt Water in Lake McDonnell SA

GREY AS ……….

A Grey Day on the Clyde River in Batemans Bay NSW

A Grey Day on the Clyde River in Batemans Bay NSW

Granite Boulders on Montague Island NSW

Granite Boulders on Montague Island NSW

Storm Clouds rolling in at Point Gibbon SA

Storm Clouds rolling in at Point Gibbon SA

ORANGE AS ……….

Orange Sandstone Rocks at Barn Hill Station WA

Orange Sandstone Rocks at Barn Hill Station WA

Setting Sun at 40 Mile Beach, The Pilbara WA

Setting Sun at 40 Mile Beach, The Pilbara WA

A Tropical Sunset over the Noosa River Qld

A Tropical Sunset over the Noosa River Qld

PURPLE AS ……….

Purple Clouds after Sunset at Freycinet National Park, Tas

Purple Clouds after Sunset at Freycinet National Park, Tas

Purple Flowers on a Jacaranda Tree, Gold Coast Qld

Purple Flowers on a Jacaranda Tree, Gold Coast Qld

BLACK AS ……….

Black Murky Waters of the Coal River in Richmond Tas

Black Murky Waters of the Coal River in Richmond Tas

black-emerald-coal-mine

A pile of coal at Blackwater Qld

WHITE AS ……….

Whitest of whitest sand on Wharton Beach, Duke of Orleans Bay, Esperance WA

Whitest of whitest sand on Wharton Beach, Duke of Orleans Bay, Esperance WA

White seaspray on Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta Qld

White seaspray on Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta Qld

Aren’t the colours of Australia extraordinary? Where else in the world have you travelled where the colours of the landscapes have blown your mind?

Linking up with Travel Photo Thursday

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By 50 Shades, November 1, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

14 Comments
  • Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty
    November 1, 2016

    Wow this is a wonderful post Kathy! It must have taken you forever to select the photos and put it all together. You’re right about Australia’s incredible diversity of colour. We are for sure not just a sunburnt country with a few tropical bits and lots of beach. It’s been gratifying this morning to sit and relish the colours of this amazing country – some of the places I’ve been to and recognised instantly, before I read your captions, others were new to me, and I just want to hop in the car and get to them! I love what you’ve done here :) It’s sort of a blogging anthem to Australia :)

    • Kathy
      November 1, 2016

      Aren’t the colours of Australia magnificent? I loved putting this post together but it did involve going through thousands of photos! I think quite a few of the photos were from the West where the colours do seem to be more vibrant. I think people who haven’t travelled much in Australia will be blown away by the colour and vibrancy of our landscapes. :)

  • leannelc
    November 2, 2016

    I was singing “I love a sunburnt country” in my head as I was scrolling through Kathy. There were some amazing colours and such a fantastic montage of Australia and it’s beauty – makes me proud to be an Aussie!

    • Kathy
      November 3, 2016

      I remember reciting this wonderful poem at primary school and I loved it then and even more so now that I have travelled right around our big brown country. There are some incredible colours in our landscapes and I hope I have brought them to life. :)

  • Nancie
    November 3, 2016

    Beautiful photos, Kathy. I can attest to the brilliant colors in Australias. Although I was there many years ago, I do have vivid memories of the colors in the Outback. Stanley Chasm comes to mind and Ayers Rock. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      November 3, 2016

      Believe it or not I haven’t travelled to Ayers Rock or Stanley Chasm as yet. But it is on the bucket list. The colours are brilliant! :)

  • Ruth
    November 4, 2016

    I love colors. And you know what I like more? Finding colors in nature. This collection of photos do show the best of Australia and show how surprising nature can be. It gives me a desire to go to explore and try to find those colors in my own backyard. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      November 4, 2016

      Yes I love the colours of differing landscapes. Even the sea changes colour each time you photograph it depending on the light and the depth of the sea. I love all the colour blues that you find. I’m sure there are lots of colours in your country to capture. :)

  • Kreete
    November 6, 2016

    WOW, you certainly have been to some amazing places in this beautiful country. Loving the fact that the colours aren’t enhanced! The only thing that I would say though is that it would be nice to see the horizons horizontal on some of the shots with beaches on. Maybe it’s just me, but it looks even more professional with that little tweak! Thanks for sharing! I wish I could go and experience all these places you have been!

    • Kathy
      November 6, 2016

      Thanks Kreete. Australia is an amazing country brimming with brilliant colourful landscapes. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • Rhonda Albom
    November 8, 2016

    I have seen most of those colors in Australia. And, of those that I haven’t seen, I should by the end of my trip.

    • Kathy
      November 8, 2016

      Fabulous Rhonda! I’m so glad you are witnessing the splendour of Australia through your own eyes. Enjoy! :)

  • Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute
    November 13, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous photography! I would love to see those surfing dolphins! #wkendtravelinspiration

    • Kathy
      November 13, 2016

      Thank you. We sat and watched those surfing dolphins at Kalbarri for ages. It was such a unique experience. :)

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