Hanging Rock: 31st August

Hello.

This thing happened two months ago on Merdeka (independence) day. And I’ve only just gotten round to archiving and editing.

We (Sim, Gabe, and I) joined Monash Photography Club’s outdoor excursion to Organ Pipes National Park and Hanging Rock at Macedon Ranges. We met Saleem who was grouped into our car. This was my first countryside rural mountains sight-seeing day ever since I came to Australia and yes I was quite excited. When we arrived, we had to walk downhill to see the Organ Pipes. I reckon the sights walking downhill was better than the actual attraction itself. I couldn’t stop gaping and “oh my freaking god is this real life” “ohmygoood” “ogmgomgomg”. I could not capture it’s full awesomeness, when I look at the photos now I can’t imagine another person being as awestruck as I was in that moment walking downhill. On the opposite, it was just rolling hills and trees as small as little teeny broccolis lined up along the hills, the sun casting harsh shadows that stretched the trees. When we came by the stream, everyone wandered off to do their thang. Some lagged behind for the rolling hills, some stayed by the stream, Sim and I wandered off to a remote path, where she did jump shots, where I brought out my cloud and snapped some.

Our next stop was Hanging Rock, where we had a barbecue with the BEST SAUSAGES EVER. I remember eating at least 5 pieces with bread. It was that good. We were one of the first groups to start hiking up to The Summit. Up halfway, Gabriel went behind some rocks and we found a secret spot which led to a great view of the squares of land. You could even see sheep and Other Australian Animals in the distance! I climbed down some rocks and sat on some rocks with my feet dangling off the edge of the rock. It was a 360 degree view of great vast landscape, sun shining down and light breeze, we sat and chilled on the secret spot rocks for a while before continuing upwards. A+ taking our time. We were the first to reach down, and we saw kangaroos and llamas and birds. Australia and their free animals.

Made our way to the last stop: Memorial Cross, which wasn’t all that impressive. I had more fun exploring off tracks. Towards to end of the day I discovered the wideness of Gabe’s 11-16 ultra-wide lens and got a bit amazed crazy with it. SOOOO O O    W I D E. Made friends with a gal Yuen Ling because her group was lagging behind. And then we left around golden hour which was perfect light, but seeing the best sights (at Hanging Rock) made up for it. Chilly day it was.

 

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It was such an amazing day 56 days ago, I’m ashamed at how bad I am at updating :/

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