About an hour’s drive west of Brisbane lies the town of Laidley, one of the larger rural towns in the incredibly productive Lockyer Valley. This area has been providing many of the vegetables that grace plates in Queensland and the eastern states of Australia for more than 100 years.
Squatters first began to settle what was to become Queensland’s country garden in the 1840s, and the village gradually grew around an inn and lagoon where drovers and their stock rested.
Many of the original buildings have been preserved in the Laidley Pioneer Village, while the lagoon where cattle once slaked their thirst is now a flora and fauna sanctuary.
Dear friends of mine are now living on the outskirts of Laidley township, and whilst visiting them in late August 2010 on a gorgeous sunny winters day, these strange rotor clouds appeared out of nowhere. Within minutes, probably 9 or 10 of them had formed, all dotted in a row as you can see here. They drifted slowly eastward towards the coast, and maintained the same formation for well over an hour. (Watercolours effect)
Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!
Original Image. Please note that it was a dud photo hardly worth salvaging, but I’m so glad that I persevered.