Weekly Photo Challenge. This week: Grid

Location: Castlemaine, Victoria. Australia

Gear: Canon 650D + Canon ‘L Series’ 24 – 105 ml. Click image for EXIF data.

Observation: Melbourne, Australia was once the richest city in the world. In the 1860s tonnes of alluvial gold flowed into Melbourne’s Treasury Building each week from the gold diggings in the Castlemaine area just 130 kilometres north west of the city. But of course this ‘Gold Rush’ came and went and time, weather and nature has re-claimed much of the evidence of this hectic period in history.

Something I love to do as a history buff is drive the hour or so out of town and wander amongst these relics. Touching history and imagining the sights and sounds. In fact here is a post about exactly that entitled:

Castlemaine Gold Rush. Drive 130 kms and go back 130 years.

For my first submission into the WordPress Dailypost Photo Challenge I thought I would post something a little different. I love the grid and geometry of this rusting hulk of machinery that I spotted on one of my gold-fields visits. I was exploring early in the evening as it had been a boiling hot day (around 35 degrees Celsius/ 100 F) and the ‘Golden Hour’ sunlight just before dusk really made the rusty metal surfaces pop.

My first post in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”


I'm passionate about travelling, music, photography, blogging, 'Social Anthropology' (the posh term for people-watching) and creating content. I travel to learn and observe to understand. My dream day would look something like this.... A bottle of red (or two), fresh baguette (or two) & wedge of Camembert (or two), a balmy Paris September eve spent people-watching in fine company on the banks of the Canal St Martin.

8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge. This week: Grid

  1. Great photo, and fascinating history lesson. I live in Butte, Montana, once the biggest and richest city in the US west of the Mississippi. At one point the hill on which most of the town is built was called the richest hill on earth. The copper mines have left their scars deep and hard on the town. There are hundreds of miles of shafts below the city and some of them reach nearly a mile below the ground. Now the city is mostly abandoned, but there are still some 30,000 of us here. I too love to explore the remnants of the bustling past.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I really enjoyed checking out your photos and entry for ‘Grid’ Ah ha the backstory is really useful re: a lot of your photography. I look forward to continuing to follow your photographic journey. 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by the Trivial Mind. Your ‘grid’ entry was great. This was a good topic with much room for the imagination to fill. I, too, like to go to the historic places and imagine how life was in these bygone times.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Dennis. Luckily most of the old relics connected with ‘our’ Gold Rush history are not really considered a tourist attraction so you normally get them all to yourself. Really helps letting the mind wander!

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