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A Property InTenterfield. NSW, Australia by Ralph de Zilva

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Manfrotto MT 057C3-G Tripod & Manfrotto 057 MO-Q5 Ballhead

My wife and I spent a few days on this property just to get away from it all. We had the entire lake to ourselves and had a wonderful time. The bush cabin in the background was where we stayed. Sooooo relaxing.

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Tenterfield is a town in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the New England region at the intersection of the New England and Bruxner Highways. Tenterfield is a three-hour drive from Brisbane, 2.5 hours from Byron Bay, two hours from Armidale, New South Wales and 10 hours from Sydney. The town sits in a valley astride the Great Dividing Range. At the 2006 census, Tenterfield had a population of 3,130 people.

Tenterfield’s proximity to many regional centres and its position on the route between Sydney and Brisbane led to its development as a centre for the promotion of the federation of the Australian colonies.

The local geography is dominated by prominent granite inselbergs and mountains, the most famous being that of Bald Rock, which sits within the Bald Rock National Park.

Tenterfield’s first inhabitants were the Jukembal people who travelled the area from near Glen Innes to Stanthorpe, Queensland.

In 1841 Sir Stuart Donaldson was running 18,000 sheep on a property that he named Tenterfield Station, after a family home in Scotland. Donaldson was the first premier of NSW and made biannual trips to Tenterfield to inspect his holdings there, which covered 100,000 acres (400 km2) of unfenced land. Tenterfield Post Office opened on 1 January 1849 and the township was gazetted in 1851 with allotments being sold in 1854. In 1858 gold was discovered at Drake (Fairfield) and shortly afterwards at Timbarra and Boonoo Boonoo. During 1859 an AJS Bank opened and an Anglican Church was built the following year. In the 1860s The Tenterfield Chronicle was published, the district court was established; the building of a hospital commenced and a public school was opened. In 1870 the population was less than 900, but the town had five hotels, a school of arts and three churches. The existing Tenterfield Post Office was constructed in 1881.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    The perfect mirror of that lake (I am assuming it’s a lake) is utterly fascinating! What a beautiful place it must have been to get away from it all for a few days!

  • I usually don’t like taking pictures when it is this bright but my wife saw the reflection and wanted me to take a few shots. Thanks very much for the great comment and fave, Celeste.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture and work,fabulous image : ) !

  • Thanks a lot Carlos.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Looks appealing, Ralph. Wonderful reflections.

  • Thank very much, David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 21st Aug., 2012……..Shirley

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Shirley.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonover 2 years ago

    Wow! stunning reflections, instant fave.

  • Thanks Margaret for the nice comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • jos2507
    jos2507over 2 years ago

    what a perfect mirror !

  • Thanks very much for the comment an fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great shot of a beautiful place; such clear reflections. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thanks Judy for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • jeffwild
    jeffwildabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. Tenterfield is a magic place and you’ve helped to capture that magic.

  • Thanks very much Jeff. Yes it is a magic place alright.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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