Continuing on from Parts 22 (1) and (a) these are black and white photos of our honeymoon trip through our south-west region. They would have been taken with the camera that Phil bought on the ship that brought him to Australia in 1960. After our wedding we drove south and spent the first night in a motel in Bunbury. After a hearty breakfast we once again headed in a south/south-westerly direction. It was spring and our beautiful wildflowers were in full bloom. We also took colour slides but, of course, I am unable to share them with you. Anyway, as I said, these are only black and white photos but they still bring back powerful memories. I wonder what all these places look like now in 2014?
As we headed south-west we travelled on the Balingup-Nannup road. It was a very narrow, winding road as you can see from the warning sign. You can enlarge these photos if you have a mind to and more details can be seen if you do so.
We then headed towards the tall timber and the Walpole Inlet:
Then it was into the karri forest where there are many huge red tingle trees. Sorry the words on the sign are not very clear.
In those days tourists would park their cars inside this partly burnt out, but still very much alive, tingle tree. We of course had to do it as well just to show we could. I understand this was stopped some years later and, if I remember rightly, the tree is now cordoned off to prevent this from happening and from any damage occurring to the tree/s which I thoroughly agree with even if it perhaps spoils the fun a little. I guess what you don't know about, you don't miss.
As we headed for Albany we called in to William Bay and discovered the petrified forest. I am sure this huge rock should have a name but I couldn't find one. Reminds me of the head of a hippo and perhaps a foot as well. I tried to find information about this petrified forest but so far without luck. I will keep trying as it must have a story.
This is a modern photograph I grabbed from Google to show you the beauty of William Bay in wonderful technicolor. It really is a very beautiful area on our south coast.
We then drove east towards Albany where we spent a pleasant few days before returning home. This is Jimmy Newell's Harbour, a natural harbour on the south coast named after a man who it is said anchored his ship here to keep safe from a storm.
A little further along the coast we came across the Natural Bridge and right next to it was "Boat Rock". Also 'The Cap".
and then looking to the left (east) and right (west) shots of the rugged coastline in this part of the country. Love the sparkle of the water from the afternoon sun. Even in black and white it looks quite spectacular. Well, I think it does anyway.
We then had to head north toward home as we had to be back for Steven's 10th birthday on the 24th. Here we are travelling toward the beautiful Stirling Ranges, wishing we had more time to spend there admiring the countless different wildflowers. The side of the road was just alive with colour.
Here we are on Mount Toolbrunup looking across the highest peak in the ranges, Bluff Knoll. We had experienced quite cold weather but on this day in the Stirling Ranges the sun was shining and we sought the shade of a small tree. I notice though that Phil still had his cardigan on. That's Phil!!
We did have a wonderful week away, really getting to know each other with nobody else around. It was so peaceful and we felt relaxed and very, very happy.