Australia is vast and even though I’ve lived here all my life and traveled widely there’s still so much I’ve yet to see.
At the top of my bucket list is the Red Centre, the route right up the heart of Australia.
With a bit of luck and a lot of planning we’ll be traveling up there in June/July next year, an epic drive from Melbourne heading towards Uluru, through the Red Centre and beyond.
We’ll undoubtedly cover stretches of wide open roads, barren red earth, pristine gorges and lush rainforests.
Such is the diversity of this county.
The Australian outback is a never ending canvas of contrasting colors blending earth and sky.
Last year we drove to the Flinders Ranges and Arkaroola, chalking up over 3000kms in our maiden trip with our new camper. The Red Centre will easily eclipse that.
We’ve visited the plains of Mungo, a place that fires the imagination and camped near Silverton and in the lush surrounds of Menindi.
I still remember the picture postcard colors, the vivid blue skies that looked painted against the ochre red soil we drove on.
But it’s not just the outback we see contrasts in color.
It’s in our hills and forests, places like Mount Macedon with its flaming red trees in Autunn against lush green.
It’s the vibrant colors on our pristine beaches. Sometimes gray, sometimes blue, always enticing.
Where rainbow speckled moss on rocks contrasts with ocean and sky colors, depending on Mother Nature’s mood.
Vivid red boulders are a splash of color against the white sand of the Prom. And in the smallest of details we see contrasts of colors.
But it’s often the little things that have the biggest impact.
Simple smiles of nature can make a grey ordinary scene a magical one.
Every where we look there are differences in our world. It’s what makes life interesting.
How dull would it be if everything – and everyone – was the same?
This is Merlin in front, our cheeky Quarter Horse cross Andalusian with his buddy Wilbur at the back, a dappled Grey. Different yet the best of friends.
May we all embrace our differences and contrasts, where ever we find them.
Wishing everyone a creative and colorful week ahead.
In response to Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Color Contrast