Bucolic Bellthorpe with a Mt Beerwah backdrop

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Comments (14)

Lilypon on January 13, 2008

:) Looking wonderfully lush and green there! And while it looks similar to my location those rocks in the background add a lovely bit of interest to the view!

Ian Stehbens on January 13, 2008

The plateau is close to the coast, north of Brisbane and almost always is like this. Drought can be everywhere else but this little plateau can be like an oasis. As for 'the rocks', in this part of the world they are quite renowned not only for their appearance but because Captain James Cook named them in 1770 as he was claiming this part of the world as England. He fortuneatly gave them the distinctive name "Glass House Mountains" for they reminded him of industrial structures in the Potteries District. Mt Beerwah is the tallest of these trachytic volcanic plugs.

Lilypon on January 13, 2008

Sorry Ian I shouldn't have used that term. We often talk about the Rocky Mountains that way and it just slipped out.

Thank you for the very informative history lesson. :) I just learned something new and will now have to Google trachytic.

Ian Stehbens on January 13, 2008

I like the term rocks. Aussies are pretty good at understatement too. My comment was to turn the non-specific into more info. Sorry about the teacher tendency in me. Try "trachyte". It's a volcanic rock not too basic like high temperature mobile basalt and not too acidic and viscous as lower temperature rhyolite. Usually therefore described as an intermediate volcanic rock. That's from memory but Google may have other ideas. Ian

Ian Stehbens on January 13, 2008

Pam, oh by the way, do you also use the term 'rock' when referring to a diamond? Or is that only an Australian bloke's way of boasting about the special gift he gave to his fiancée, with out seeming to be too sentimental? Ian again.

EVA_L on January 14, 2008

A beautiful picture, Ian. Such juicy grass, it is delicious probably. And background is very picturesque. Eva

Lecleire Jacques on January 14, 2008

Hey Ian and Lylipon, Rocks, Mountains or Glass House Mountains....ha ha.(LoL). You picture is superb !

Greetings jacques

Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2008

Dear Eva, Whenever we had visitors come to stay at my childhood home, my Dad would love to take then for drives, and this plateau was almost always visited. It is an important dairying area, supplying Brisbane with some of its milk. But while the cows are lucky to have such congenial environment, I was lucky to have them in such a neat arrangement, don't you think?

Jaques, Thankyou for your appreciative comment and enjoyment of the 'rocky" humour Pam and I have shared. Whenever I pass that way in the future, I'll be calling them The Rocks. An historic precinct in inner Sydney, also known as The Rocks, is not quite deserving of the name anymore: The Rocks would be better called The Shops and Pubs.


Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2008

"Almost like us" is true, until you realize that I could have taken this in winter. Summer or winter it is just the same here, Urbie. The cows here do not need bison hides and coats like they do around Lilypon Pam's part of the world at the moment, either.

This area is quite a small plateau and there are no mountains to tower above to create the majesty of Switzerland. Just a few rocks jutting out of the plain below.

And it is nice to meet another Swiss photographer. Thankyou for your visit and nice comment.


KelvinRose on March 4, 2009

Our world famous Mary River (because of the opposition to the proposed Traveston Dam) has its source in the Bellthorpe area.

Ian Stehbens on March 5, 2009

How often do you remember taking visitors to Mary Cairncross Park or to stand on the knoll out Reesville way? You and Dad loved this scenery, Mum.


Suemack24 on July 12, 2009

Magnificent photo Ian. What is the street address for me to take German visitors to view this lovely vista please? I would love to live there! Great shot.

Ian Stehbens on July 12, 2009

Thanks for your appreciation of this landscape, Suemack24. The accompanying Google Earth image on the right of this page will give you the precise location. But if you were to go to Maleny and explore the district there are many great viewpoints of the Glass House Mountains, the dairying landscapes, and the locals forests and waterfalls. Mary Cairncross Park and a drive through the farming area west of Maleny will certainly delight your German guests.



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