Places Remembered: Coonawarra

For this post I’d like to remember a day in October (spring) in Coonawarra, South Australia, one of the country’s (deservedly) best-renowned wine districts.  I was headed from one town to another (this was back in 1994, and I wasn’t yet into detailing a journal to the point that I can come up with their names) and my route took me past this vineyard, positively glowing as a result of the carpet of yellow flowers below the canopy of the grape vines.  I stopped, crouched down, eased my way in a couple dozen feet, and sat among the flowers with my telephoto lens, elbows on my knees for stability.  My camera was a Pentax PZ-1, the lens a Pentax 100-300 at around 200mm, and the film probably Fujichrome Velvia 100.  I recently scanned the original slide and have done no manipulations other than to repair some scratches.  It still makes me smile!  [P.S.  I heard back from a friend in Australia that he believes the yellow flowers are Everlasting Daisies.  Great name!]

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10 Responses to Places Remembered: Coonawarra

  1. they look a little like they may be rapeseed but I could be wrong

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, but I’m afraid I doubt it. On a subsequent trip to Australia, when I showed a print of this to some colleagues, one of them named it, but it’s gone through the cracks in my memory. But rapeseed (or canola) was not what he said. Appreciate the input, though!

  2. Now that’s a dreamy photo – love it!! :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, Cindy, thanks a lot! I can still smell the spring earth and feel the warm sun! BTW, I misspelled your address on the e-mail I tried to send you a couple of days ago. Please check your inbox again!

  3. Summer! Thanks. It feels so warm now.

  4. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful photograph – so cheerful and warm. I’m not sure what the flowers are but they look wonderful en-masse!

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve sent urgent queries to three friends in Australia and hope to have an answer shortly, and will update the post as soon as I have the missing piece to the puzzle. Thanks for your support!

  5. dianne - "life as i see it" - "just because" says:

    what a beautiful post, wonderful image love that yellow carpet and line of trees.. just delightful !

    • krikitarts says:

      Many thanks, Dianne, that’s exactly what I thought when I saw it. I could not possibly have driven on by without stopping–the missed opportunity for closer study would have haunted me for years. A couple of decades ago I passed through Yellowstone as it was starting to regenerate after the big fires, and I still remember with great regret one pond a blackened tree fallen into it, and new flowers starting around it. CD was driving, and I resisted the urge to ask her to stop for yet another photo. I can still see it…

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