Exploring Isaac Volume 01

Note: This is first in a series of posts I’m re-doing to bring them up to a new standard I’ve set myself for these “random drive” posts. They will now follow a particular format, with more emphasis on the photos themselves, and less emphasis on the drive. All of my random drive posts will progressively be being update to this new standard, and all from now on will be tagged “Exploration” as well as “Exploring <particular area>”.

One of the first things I did after moving to Clermont was go for a drive to explore the local area a bit. I think it comes from spending 18 years of my life in the town I grew up in. By the time I left Maryborough, I knew so much about the layout of the town – which roads went where, where all the little back-track shortcuts were, all the fishing spots, all the hidden dirt jumps for BMX, and so on. And now, when I move to a new area, I have an overwhelming urge to at least start building up that kind of knowledge straight away.

So, on the 10th of September 2011, I took the ute I was borrowing from Stacey’s dad, grabbed my cameras and some drinks and snacks, fuelled up, and headed out along Laglan Road…

My vehicle for the drive - 2007 Ford Ranger XLT, borrowed from Stacey's dad.

My vehicle for the drive – 2007 Ford Ranger XLT, borrowed from Stacey’s dad. I snapped this at the same spot as the photos of the “end of the bitumen”.

Newly sealed section of Laglan Road. Land either side is part of Aspley State Forest, which I'm looking forward to exploring by MTB in the near future (as soon as I've established where I'm legally allowed to go).

Newly sealed section of Laglan Road. Land either side is part of Aspley State Forest, which I’m looking forward to exploring by MTB in the near future (as soon as I’ve established where I’m legally allowed to go).

You can't tell in this image, but this is the end of the bitumen. Laglan Road. B&W film image.

You can’t tell in this image, but this is the end of the bitumen. Laglan Road. B&W film image.

Even in the middle of nowhere there's people who don't know how to dispose of rubbish properly. Laglan Road. B&W film image.

Even in the middle of nowhere there’s people who don’t know how to dispose of rubbish properly. Laglan Road. B&W film image.

I ended up following Laglan Road all the way to its end at the Laglan Homestead, where I could’ve continued west on Lou Lou Park Road or turned south onto Albro Road (which eventually could’ve brought me back to Clermont via Pioneer Road), but I had a different route in mind. I turned back towards town and just after crossing the Laglan boundary turned left onto Walthum Road…

This tree really caught my attention. Walthum Road.

This tree really caught my attention. Walthum Road.

The field looking in the other direction from the tree above. Walthum Road.

The field looking in the other direction from the tree above. Walthum Road.

One lonely tree in a cleared area. It also looks like it's been burnt recently. Walthum Road.

One lonely tree in a cleared area. It also looks like it’s been burnt recently. Walthum Road.

An alternative to the above image, this time shot on B&W film.

An alternative to the above image, this time shot on B&W film.

The hazards of driving on some of the roads up here. Impressed I managed to get a level horizon in this shot. Walthum Road.

The hazards of driving on some of the roads up here. Impressed I managed to get a level horizon in this shot. Walthum Road.

Walthum Road runs somewhat parallel to the Gregory Development Road, and eventually meets up with Elgin Road (after crossing Mistake Creek). Elgin Road is quite an important road in our region, leading out to a large number of properties as well as a new coal mine that’s in the process of getting up and running. Having driven the length of Elgin Road once already for work reasons, I knew there was an interesting old bridge at one of the Belyando River crossings,  so I decided I’d head west again before turning around and heading back home via the Gregory Development Road.

Elgin Road. B&W Film.

Elgin Road. B&W Film.

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Old & New. The old bridge (in the foreground) with the new grid bridge in the background. This is the second first anabranch of the Belyando River. Elgin Road. B&W Film.

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Old Bridge, second first Belyando River Anabranch. Elgin Road.

Near where it meets up with the Gregory Development Road, Elgin Road takes a bit of a curve up onto a small hill. It's not much of a hill, but because of the clearing, you can see for miles.

Near where it meets up with the Gregory Development Road, Elgin Road takes a bit of a curve up onto a small hill. It’s not much of a hill, but because of the clearing, you can see for miles.

Still on the little hill, but a different perspective. Elgin Road.

Still on the little hill, but a different perspective, with Elgin Road snaking away into the distance.

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They don’t call this property/locality ‘Twin Hills’ for no reason… shot from Elgin Road. B&W Film.

It was getting close to sunset by the time I turned back on to the Gregory Development Road, and with around 100km to go I was starting to worry about my fuel situation a little bit. The Ranger isn’t my own car, and I hadn’t anticipated just how quickly it would drink fuel when driving on gravel. Unfortunately I didn’t have any mobile service, so I just kept driving and hoping…

Pulled over for a bit of rest here. The road goes on forever.... Gregory Development Road.

Pulled over for a bit of rest here. The road goes on forever…. Gregory Development Road.

Couldn't resist pulling over to shoot the beautiful twilight.

Couldn’t resist pulling over to shoot the beautiful twilight. Gregory Development Road.

And again. I swear this could've been used as some kind of promo image... Gregory Development Road.

And again. I swear this could’ve been used as some kind of promo image… Gregory Development Road.

Anyway, the low fuel warning light came on when I was still a fair way out of town, but I made it back, so it can’t have been too low. Since this drive I’ve been on each of these roads (except Walthum) so many times for work it’s not funny, but I’m hoping to do another photography drive out that way again in the next couple of months. This time in the Jeep. With at least two additional 20L fuel cans.

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Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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