We leave Adelaide for Melbourne tomorrow morning. We are staying at Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne with my sister Karen. Jyl, my other sister, will be driving down from Canberra. It's a family reunion of sorts---my birthday. Ari, our 14 year standard poodle, will travel with us. We will be away from Adelaide for around 11 days.
It's a holiday and a photo trip. Whilst Suzanne stays with friends in Geelong for several days I will be photographing in the city of Melbourne, picking up from where I left off when I was exploring Richmond in 2015:
With a bit of luck I'll may even be able to do some large format photography in a topographical style with Stuart Murdoch, after he finishes teaching for the day at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology. Weather permitting, of course.
We return to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road and then the Coorong National Park. We have planned to spend a couple of days in the Ottway's so that I can explore the bush around Wye River and Separation Creek, where the recent Victorian bush fires occurred. Then we have a couple of days in the Coorong on the way back to Adelaide so that I can attempt to photograph the landscape.
It is several years since I've visited the Coorong, and it's even longer since I've photographed in the national park. I pretty much stayed away during the decade long drought (the Millennium Drought) --it was too depressing. Lack of decent accommodation was also an issue for spending holiday time there. On this current visit I want to see if my photographs of the landscape can contribute to, or be a part of, the second part of the Edgeland series.
This part of the project needs a tighter focus, and I've decided to increase the emphasis on both the ecological health of the rivers and burnt landscapes. What is common to both is the impact of climate change on the environment: the trend line for Adelaide's temperatures - both mean maximum and mean minimum - is heading upwards, while rainfall is decreasing. That means a future with less water and more intense bush fires.