June Challenge: Leaning Tree

I planned our Saturday ride with three things in mind: 1) Needs to be short and easy to save energy for a larger ride on Sun or Mon; 2) Needs to pick up some new roads; 3) Needs to include a floatie session for the guys.

So we drove down to Chiltern, parked the car near the pool and toilets and then did a short 30 kms through the park and along a few (new-to-us) gravel roads in the Indigo Valley. The weather continues to frustrate farmers and excite cyclists. There was more clear, sunny and almost warm weather today. The southeasterly was a bit on the moderate side but that is forgivable given the other fantastic conditions. This is the second day of winter????

Looking over paddocks in the Indigo Creek Valley on Cookinburra Road. You may be able to make out the burnt trees on the ridge from the 2015 fires. We rode along that ridge on Pooleys Track a couple weekends ago.


Indigo Creek.


Church Road – very corrugated but very peaceful.


We’ve climbed around a hill and are now heading back down to the valley on Back Martindale Road.


Our tree and bike pic for the monthly challenge. The bike gives scale and shows how Nature’s scale dwarfs even the most amazing of human design and accomplishment. That’s a box tree of some sort – yellow, white or grey, I’m not sure which.


Homestead ruins. Chimney, water tank and trees. Big fires came through here in 1952 and that may have wiped it out. There is a plaque on the chimney that I ALMOST trespassed to go read.


Sheep. Still very dry hills. We just had our second-driest autumn on record. The cost of supplemental feed has skyrocketed.


I will have trouble if Bill does a monthly challenge of buildings with three stories or more. But I’m good for farm implement challenges – unless you have to identify them, because I’ve got no idea what that is or what it did.


Our out-and-back part of the ride was along the Chiltern-Yackandandah Road through the edge of the national park. The freeway to Melbourne runs not far off to the right of this pic.


Floatie session accomplished post-ride in Lake Anderson at Chiltern. It was a wee bit chilly at this point but the guys did NOT care. There was enough wind to give them some little waves to bob over.


14 response to "June Challenge: Leaning Tree"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 3, 2018

    Ah, rusted farm implements! Now you really have me thinking about the Challenge for July!

    • By: Scooter Posted: June 3, 2018

      I agree – that would be a great topic. I keep seeing these over here, but have no idea what I’m looking at.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: June 4, 2018

      Yes, they love floatie sessions after gravel roads when I vibrate their poor little heads to no end. I had to do a little gymnastics to get them out there on that line of rocks, but luckily I didn’t fall in!

  2. By: Scooter Posted: June 3, 2018

    Terrific post. It frustrates me that you can’t like or comment on individual photos on this website, because several merit a comment. Someone should bring this up with the webmaster.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: June 4, 2018

      Thanks, Scott. I am not a photographer like you. I just take photos as we go, more as a reminder than any attempt at art. I did get a new point-and-shoot camera though, because the old one was just horrible with dealing with any level of contrast. I’m happy so far with the new one – it’s a Nikon, the one I hated was a Sony.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 6, 2018

      I agree with Scott, we should be able to comment on individual photos! Hmm, how to make the possible?

  3. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 3, 2018

    How do trees like that remain standing in a good blow? But they do. Good picture Emily.

    Rusting ag equipment – what a great idea. The colours of rust are just so pleasing. A story about an artist working with scrap was on TV last week. What was interesting were the colours created when the items got a covering of frost. Yes Please Bill !!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: June 4, 2018

      Thanks, Tony. I would love to see that tree’s root structure to see how it holds the counterweight. I’m reading “The Hidden Life of Trees” right now, and I will never look at trees in the same way again. You can get all the frost-covered farm implement photos – I kinda prefer to wait until it is a little warmer in the day if possible!

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 4, 2018

        Neighbor, who has been involved in agriculture for a very long time, identified that equipment as a Disc Plow. Apparently it is used in drier farming areas with rocky soils; the springs are there to allow the disc to adjust to obstacles (rocks) and not break. Also, wiki article seems to indicate the disc plow chops up the crop residue while producing a shallow ridge and trough, both of which help reduce erosion by the wind. Used here in the States in the drier areas of the Great Plains, IE. the Dust Bowl regions.

        I welcome any corrections, additions, or re-interpretation of all of this.

        • By: The Navigator Posted: June 5, 2018

          That makes a lot of sense. The soil would be rocky there and the area only receives about 15-17 inches of rain a year. I can’t imagine they would have ever tried a crop like wheat or cereals – but maybe there were some good years that enticed them. However, they do shallow plow to plant improved pasture, so maybe they did the same back then. I haven’t ever heard that this area did any cropping of lucerne, alfalfa, etc, though. There is no evidence that they irrigate from the creek. Thanks for investigating!

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 4, 2018

    Thats an incredible leaning tree! Nature is all about balance I guess?

    I made a copy of the farm implement photo to show my neighbor who is an old time farmer — he may know something about it. The vertical shafts appear to be spring loaded (?), which is curious.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2018

      It should really be greening up by now – it’s sad for the farmers but not for everyone else taking advantage of it. We should get a bit of rain on Friday and Saturday, but not a big dump like we need.

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