postcards from the stirling range | spring 2015

storm clouds roll in over mt. trio, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

Last month we travelled to the Stirling Range, and although it’s taken a while I’ve now got some photos to share with you.

The Stirling Range National Park encloses the only major mountain range in the southern half of Western Australia, approximately 340 kilometres from Perth (a five to six hour drive, depending on your need for coffee, fuel or toilet breaks along the way).

Renowned for its spectacular cloud formations, the Aboriginal name for the range – Koi Kyenunu-ruff – means ‘mist rolling around the mountains’.   The range is also one of few places in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls, which, in a state known for its blazing sunshine and beaches, is a prime-time newsworthy occurrence.

For our family the Stirlings are a special place.  My grandparents first started the tradition by coming down with my Mum, aunt and uncle when they were children, and later the groups increased to include family friends and eventually grandchildren.  My grandfather – ever the adventurer – kept climbing into his seventies.

The first time I climbed a mountain was before I was even born – my epic mother attempted Mt. Hassell two weeks before I was born (although she was firmly turned back part way because the rest of the group were afraid she’d topple over).


late afternoon light on bluff knoll, the tallest peak in the national park

late afternoon light on bluff knoll, tallest peak in the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

storm clouds roll in over bluff knoll & isongerup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

storm clouds roll in over bluff knoll & isongerup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

boundary fence, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com


black cockatoos gather in a canola field as storm clouds roll in

black cockatoos gather as storm clouds roll in over the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

black cockatoos gather as storm clouds roll in over the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

black cockatoos gather as storm clouds roll in over the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

black cockatoos gather as storm clouds roll in over the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com


dusk descends over mt. trio

dusk descends over mt. trio in the stirling range, south western australia


bluff knoll, on the day we climbed

bluff knoll, tallest peak in the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

raindrops on eucalyptus leaves, bluff knoll, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

raindrops on eucalyptus leaves, bluff knoll, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

alpine wildflowers on the summit of bluff knoll, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

alpine wildflowers on the summit of bluff knoll, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com


talyuberlup peak

talyuberlup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

banksia flower at talyuberlup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

talyuberlup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

mum & my brother rem tackle one of talyuberlup’s steep gullies

talyuberlup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

talyuberlup peak, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com


a baby western crowned snake (elapognathus coronatus) on mt. hassell

baby western crowned snake (elapognathus coronatus) on mt. hassell, stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

On the Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea at The Lily Windmill, about a ten minute drive from the Stirling Range National Park.

The Lily is an authentic replica 16th Century ‘ground-sail’ windmill, an incredible feat of engineering and construction by Pleun and Hennie Hitzert.  It’s a five-storey Dutch mill, with a 22 ton cap and a sail length of 24.6 meters, and is the only operational flour producing windmill on mainland Australia.

Pleun and Hennie own and run all aspects of the busy property, including a variety of accommodation, guided windmill tours and operation of the restaurant (the relocated and reconstructed 1924 Gnowangerup Railway Station).

the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

homemade sticky date pudding at the lily windmill, near the stirling range, the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

My grandparents have known Pleun and Hennie for decades, and over the years the Hitzerts have gotten to know more of our family as they visited.

They greeted us with such warmth when we descended upon them for afternoon tea, and Hennie prepared a mouth-watering sticky date pudding especially for the occasion.  It brought back floods of nostalgia, as it tasted just as good as the one embedded clearly in my mind, eaten ten years ago at that very table.

the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

old farming equipment at the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western cat at the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

old farming equipment at the lily windmill, near the stirling range, south western australia | tabletwentyeight.com

 

Advertisements

10 responses to “postcards from the stirling range | spring 2015

  • Greta

    I am so glad I just found your blog. I immediately liked the style of your photography, you really are talented. Really, not everybody´s gift.
    Have a great day Angelica,
    Greta

    Like

  • If the Spoon Fits

    This is so unbelievably cool! Australia is on my bucket list – there’s just so much to do and see in every single corner and it all seems so wild and magical! (I’m really not sure if you understand how much we Americans romanticize Australia lol) And your pictures are amazing and wonderful and breathtaking, per the usual. It’s really not fair that you’re good at food photography anndddd landscape photography andddd wildlife photography lol You’re basically a super hero.

    Like

    • angelica | table twenty eight

      This absolutely made my day, you’re such a gem!! I got totally lucky with the weather, the photos would have looked very different if it had been hot and sunny.

      When you do come to Australia, you HAVE to come here to Perth! We have the most beautiful beaches and the south of the state is packed with beautiful sights to explore – bushlands, karri forests, striking coastlines, little country towns, vineyards and lots of great food, wine and coffee… Come visit!

      xx

      Liked by 1 person

  • Lisa Fischer

    Oh Angelica, you are a true photographer. I loved every photo and wished there were more. Memories flood back of times past with the family altogether. Campfires, climbing and healthy pancake competitions. The Lily, you have captured it wonderfully and makes me nostalgic for a place that can only be described as Gods country. Never stop taking images, you are too good not to. Love you.

    Like

    • angelica | table twenty eight

      Lisa, what a lovely message – thanks so much! It really is such a special place and I want to continue our family tradition (although this is the first I’m hearing about pancake competitions – when did these stop?!). You and Colin will have to take a trip down with us one day – maybe we can plan for autumn next year? Lots of love x

      Like

  • Edward

    Stunning photos, I have a sudden longing to be there. The picture of the trees with spagnum moss clinging is a fairy tale in and of itself.

    Like

leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: