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The Sky's The Limit - Laidley Queensland by Neil Ross

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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!

Sunny Reflections:

Original Image. Please note that it was a dud photo hardly worth salvaging, but I’m so glad that I persevered.

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Very cool, Neil! Marvellous work. Isn’t it magical when those strange cloud formations appear? I was out one day and there was a group that looked like 8 Dementors from the Harry Potter films. Plus the moon was still visible……

  • Cheers Mike. Yeah I love clouds. The ever-changing shapes and shadows really fire up the imagination, and moonlight adds a totally new dimension yet again :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Bernie Stronner
    Bernie Stronnerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture, such vibrant colouring here too…

  • Thanks very much Bernie. This is another of my salvage jobs. I should really pay more attention when I take my photos… but the I’m happy with this end result, so it’s not all bad. Cheers for your comment :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Amazing work, the sky looks really cool, the colours are so vibrant.

  • Thanks Andrea. That’s what I love about it too. The vivid blue and weird clouds give it some grunt. Glad you like this one :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • GeoffSporne
    GeoffSporneabout 4 years ago

    Like the effect that you have created here Neil, nice work

  • Cheers Geoff. I appreciate your comment :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallabout 4 years ago

    love this :) xxx

  • Thanks ever so much Denise. I glad you like this one. I had to work a while to get this one off the ground, but I’m really happy with the end result. I’m sure if I could paint, this is the style I would chose :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillabout 4 years ago

    This looks wonderful Neil…brilliant colours!

  • Thanks very much Kerry. Vivid colours… that my style. I’m so glad that you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • myrbpix
    myrbpixabout 4 years ago

    Wow! You are great, Neil! :o) This is an awesome art! Wonderful colors! Big fav! :o)

  • That’s very high praise. thank you so much. I tried and failed many times to get this one right. Hopefully, I succeeded. I love the colours also, and the clouds were really eerie. Many thanks for all the faves too :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Morag Bates
  • Cheers Morag :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    Just awsome…love the treatment and texture:)

  • Thank you so much. It didn’t know what I was going to do with this photo. All I did know was that it was worth the effort to salvage, and I’m happy with the end result. I’m glad that you like it too :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • flame7
    flame7about 4 years ago

    Great shot! Just love those dotted clouds! Nice treatment to bring out the colours :)

  • Hey Kelly. The clouds were amazing. Worked a while to get the right effect, but it come out well I think. The colours make this shot for me. Glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

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