Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Beauty from Clare Valley

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have had a couple of requests to see some more of the beauty we enjoyed in Clare Valley.

I hope you enjoy these snippets of another place.

Martindale Hall, Mintaro, Clare Valley

There is a lovely, somewhat sad story that goes with this house which featured in the film "Picnic at Hanging Rock". You can stay here as well which would be simply gorgeous - it is in the middle of nowhere. Explore it is a little further here.

Red Stringybark

These gorgeous trees are yet another striking example of one of the most beautiful things about the state of South Australia. They are, unfortunately, now quite rare as so much land has been cleared by pioneers for grazing and cropping. It is nice to find this little island of woody grassland which has been protected now.

These gorgeous blooms were growing on a very small bush by the Red Stringybark in an island of grassy woodland, south west of Clare. It is a very beautiful drive through the hills, past the wineries due west of Clare and Sevenhill, Watervale and Penwortham. If anyone knows what these blossoms are, please let me know. I have no idea about these.

These gorgeous Arum Lilies were growing by Rosebrae Cottage, Watervale, (where we stayed) near the rainwater tanks. They grow wild here in South Australia. I have never seen them grow so prolifically. They are simply gorgeous along Millbrook Road, Adelaide Hills. We always take a spring drive along there to enjoy their beauty.

This delicate little flower is also unknown to me. I think it is a little wildflower. It looks native to me but I am not sure whether that is true. Can someone fill me in on this one? We saw it while walking briefly along the Riesling Trail near Clare.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch under this gorgeous blossom tree at Timandra Garden, Mintaro before we headed home again.

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