The Daylesford region ….inspirational landscape.
This is a new and recovering landscape.
Unlike William’s Pilbara or Boyd’s Shoalhaven this is a much interfered with earth zone. Formed firstly by violent volcanic processes coupled with awesome water sculpturing, but then turned upside down by voracious gold miners, ravaged by visionless foresters and finally divided and conquered by pastoralists and crop farmers, this land has enjoyed little peace over the past two centuries. But finally the European settlers arrived, zoning in on the Mediterranean light and the bountiful natural mineral spring waters , bringing with them new vegetation and sympathetic industries. They became the carers and saviours of this undulating region.
I love it. I can see that the regeneration of this landscape will be a varied affair, some of it returning to its original form and much of it blossoming under the marriage between itself and its relatively new inhabitants.
As an eager observer, I clamber between upturned rocks, over long felled trees, amongst bracken filled new forest, through diverted creeks and along overgrown trails. I’m stunned by the residue of man’s invasion contrasted with the eternal determination of nature to rebuild tortured land into a thing of beauty, harmony and seduction.