Albury: Landscape, Wildlife and Dolls

Albury and region, Australia, 1 to 5 February 2017

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I’m interrupting the Falklands posts for a couple of more local ones, as they happen.

This is about landscapes, avian wildlife and dolls. I accompanied my partner the 340km from Canberra to Albury where she was setting up an exhibition of fashion dolls at the Albury LibraryMuseum.

While she and LibraryMuseum staff were setting up the exhibition, I drove out and tested some new cameras and lenses in the countryside.

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Lake Hume

The first few images are from the northern end of Lake Hume, a large man-made lake formed by damming the River Murray.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

This is more Murray River than Lake Hume but where that starts and ends depends on water level which can vary considerably.

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A water plant such as water hyacinth on the surface of the river.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Not algae but perhaps an aquarium plant dumped in the river.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Baled hay with Lake Hume in the background.

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Wonga Wetlands

The next day, I visited Wonga Wetlands which is on the Murray River only six kilometres from Albury.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Reflections.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Ducks.  Perhaps Pacific Black Ducks.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Sacred Kingfisher.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

The Wonga Wetlands is a series of large interconnected lagoons.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Little black cormorants on a branch of the tree in the middle of the lagoon.  There is contention for the topmost place on the branch.

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Great Egret.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Ducks in the algal bloom.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Abstract art in Nature.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

White-faced heron.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

White-faced heron.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Australian White Ibis.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Lake Mulwala, replete with drowned trees.

I drove on to Lake Mulwala, hoping to photograph convoluted sections of the River Murray along the way but the GPS kept redirecting me to Victoria without me realising, so that trip was largely wasted.

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Fashion and Fantasy

This is Julie Manley‘s exhibition of fashion dolls at Albury LibraryMuseum.  The exhibition was previously held at Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2015.  Most of the costumes were sewn and most of the dolls were painted by Julie.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Blacksmith shop by Lou Matheron.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Julie’s address at the opening.

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Wonga Wetlands again

After the exhibition was up and running, I visited the wetlands again, this time with Julie.

Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Aboriginal bark hut in simulated Wiradjuri campsite.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Reflections on the river.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Black swan.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Five black swans.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Female Australasian Shoveller?

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Great Egrets.

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Albury, Australia, Exhibition, Fashion Dolls, Landscape, Nature, New South Wales, Photography, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife.

Great Egret and perhaps a blue-billed duck in the background.

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7 comments on “Albury: Landscape, Wildlife and Dolls

  1. delightful photographs! thanks.

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  2. leecleland says:

    Your photographs are as usual beautiful and give a great overview of the area but Julies’ Fashion Dolls are amazing! The work that went into the dolls themselves and then the clothing is amazing and exquisite. A true work of love by the looks of it. Please pass on my admiration to Julie.

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  3. Denise says:

    What a beautiful country we live in & you have illustrated that so well Murray. THOSE DOLLS!!!! Julie they are truly magnificent -the doll in peacock blue dress with matching feather in her hat is stunnng – which is a big call as they are all so lovely xx

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  4. I really like the ‘reflections’ and ‘abstract art’. Great to see some more of Jules’ work!

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