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    Wild side (cont) - first sight

    by iandsmith Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Sometime during your visit to the New England area you'll come across a standout rock. It will be granite.

    Fondest memory: It's when you get to see them up close that their huge size is even more impressive but, from a distance, as shown here, initially they may not seem that large.
    This particular one requires a scramble through the scrub. This is genuine Aussie bushwalking country. One minute climbing over the granite, next stumbling over dead trees and then brushing aside intruding branches.

    The rock on the mount difficult going
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Upon receiving instructions we did a U-turn and drove back about a kilometre along the dust laden track before turning right and heading off through a paddock.

    Fondest memory: As we neared a copse of eucalypts the sun backlit the scene and grass lit up in fiery browns and reds. It was as if someone had just painted a canvas a few minutes before and it was still shining in the sunlight.

    Just like a painting The vibrant colours of the backlit scene Path through the gum trees
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The plant life is varied here, clinging to its existence in unfavourable circumstances.

    Fondest memory: Yet, despite that there is diversification. Whether or not it is lichen clinging to a fence post (pic 1), amazing fungus halfway up a tree (Pic 2), grasses in a minamilist soil area (pic 4) or glamorous gum trees standing magnificently in a paddock (pic 3), there is variety for even the casual observer.

    Lichen laden log Fascinating fungus Enchanting eucalypt Barely alive
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    A walk on the wild side

    by iandsmith Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Armidale is granite country. As a matter of fact, the whole of the New England area is granite country. It's a bold, solid and imposing type of rock that, in places, dominates the landscape.

    Fondest memory: This then, is the story of a day I spent amongst the granite. Even getting to the spot you had a precursor of what was about to become apparent when we were approaching a cattle grid and came across this specimen.

    En route
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: My companion for the day was Frank. I've known Frank for a few years and he's one of those salt-of-the-earth type people.

    Fondest memory: Without his help I wouldn't have known about where we were going, let alone how to get there. Just before we reached the house where we had to get permission we came across a stream of reflections. Despite the drought conditions it still made for a diversion from the dry scrub we were about to encounter.

    Upon reflection
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: At times during the climb, you lose sight of your goal only for it to re-emerge even larger than before.

    Fondest memory: Then there's a sence of presence, of awe of the geology of the place. The time it takes to weather such stones into such shapes defies the imagination.
    The fragility of the vegetation that clings, in the most unlikely places, to a life so precarious as shown in pics 2 and 3. For whatever reason, a lot of my friends have commented favourably on the third picture.

    Frank in his element Delicate wattle on the rock Delicate plant life below the rock
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: After achieving our initial goal we sought new experiences and headed south along the ridge, seeking a rock formation I had espied from the paddock.

    Fondest memory: At times there were glimpses out west through the foliage and the granite. At other times the going was awkward (see pics 2,3,4), having to navigate our way through cracks and looking for leads though often the way was interrupted by fallen trees, slowly in the process of rotting, something that takes a while out here due to the dry nature of sclerophyll forests.

    Glimpses across the rocks Life's tough in the forest Looking for leads Tough going
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Due to the prolonged drought (will Australia ever be free of it?) there are many dead trees in the area. Actually, many are wrecked by the occasional storm or lightning strike but their situation isn't helped by the dry weather.

    Fondest memory: Thus it is that there are many twisted and bare shapes among the granite and, at times, their shadows play tauntingly upon the rocks.

    The presence Meandering branch Fallen splendour
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In time we walked around the back side of the mountain. Here were different shapes, different angles, different formations.

    Fondest memory: The first shows probably my favourite spot on the walk where moss clung in profusion upon this mostly sheltered rock face. The next shot was taken only about 50 metres further on and I put myself in so you can gauge the size of the crack in the granite.

    Moss laden rock Inside story of the crack
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    Wild side (cont)

    by iandsmith Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Ultimately the area is about the rocks.

    Fondest memory: The variation in shapes, the variation in colour, the power they seem to have. The first shot shows a rock that Frank didn't know existed so we were pretty excited about this find whilst the second shot indicates the size of one that we passed by as you can see Frank in the left hand side of the picture.
    The last is one of my favourites from the day out and gives you some idea how the stones and the forest co-exist.

    How did it get like that? Frank on the left Camouflaged rock
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    PARKING IN ARMIDALE

    by balhannah Written Apr 20, 2015

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    Favorite thing: I found Armidale mostly has free parking with limited times although you can find free all day parking and shopping centres with free car parking.

    What you need to do is check the signage carefully to see if parking is allowed on the day your there and if its the amount of time that suits you. This varies from a quick 15 minute stop to around 3 hours.
    My photo shows a 2 hour parking sign and the times that you can park there for 2 hours. You will notice Saturday is till 12.30pm and Sunday isn't included. This means you could park there the rest of Saturday afternoon for how-ever long you wished and all day on a Sunday. The other side of the sign is parking for people with a disability sticker. If you park in this area with-out the sticker on your window, you will be fined! Never park in a loading zone either!
    Make sure your parked in the correct area and within the lines and be back to your car 5mins before your time expires.
    Parking Inspectors do roam the CBD, I know, one checked our car!

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    STREET TREES OF ARMIDALE

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2015

    Favorite thing: I know this doesn't appeal to everyone but it did to me.
    At the Visitor centre I picked up a brochure "Most popular street trees of Armidale."

    It was April and Autumn when the trees were at their prettiest. I know the names of many kinds of trees but not all! This brochure has a number against each variety and information about that tree. The brochure has a map which shows the location of each numbered tree. Easy to find and follow!

    Trees that can be seen are the Chinese Pistacia, Golden Ash, Box Elder from North America, Golden Elm, Black Tupelo which is a stunning colour, Cherry Plulm, Liquidamber, Pin Oak, Claret Ash, Poplar and Crepe Myrtles.

    Armidale I call a "green" city. Beautiful trees line both sides of the streets and there are many parklands.

    You really need a car if you wish to find all the numbered trees as they are spread out around the city.

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    FILIGREE LACEWORK

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2015

    Favorite thing: Filigree lacework is a favourite of mine!

    During the gold rush in the mid 1800's, many people became wealthy and wanted their homes to display their wealth. This was when the ornate style of Victorian Free classical architecture came into vogue, a time when decorative cast-iron was used a lot for decoration. Cast-iron components was first brought out from Britain, then by the 1870s they were being designed and made in Australia and often featured local flora.

    Armidale has a wonderful selection of old homes and Hotels with filigree lace-work verandah balustrades. I found the filigree patterns came in many different styles and spent time taking some close up photos.

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    HISTORICAL SITES SIGNAGE

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2015

    Favorite thing: This is something I really like to find.

    First, if the Information centre happens to be closed when your in Armidale, you still can go for a walk around the CBD and find the heritage listed buildings by looking for dark blue plaques situated near the entrance of a building.

    The other reason is, I take a photo of each plaque so I know what building the photo is of and I have information about it as well!

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