Saturday, April 24, 2010

Great Ocean Road Trip! Album #2/6 Picking Bush's Berries!

Part two of my trip along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria.
For our next stop, we decided to visit a berry farm. These berry farms are situated in the middle of nowhere.
Even so, these majestic looking pets were happy to see 50 visitors, laden with cameras!
The owner of the farm gave us some insight on where and how to pick berries.
From this angle, he looks a lil bit like George Bush!
Anyway, raspberries were in season. All we had to to was pay an entry fee of 5AUD and we could pick all the berries we wanted!
I am a real big fan of raspberries! But all you can eat for AUD5 was my kinda buffet! Only thing was the fact that this was a farm, not a supermarket, where the produce have been treated with noxious gases to preserve them.
Don't they look scrumptious? If you should, aim for the darker ones, they are sweet. Just look out for worms and insects, else you will have extra protein in your dessert!
The orchard also had apples. In fact, there were whole loads of apples. One thing I guess is apples are kinda difficult to eat, so the owners make more cash by just letting them drop to the ground.
See what I mean?
Anyway, these are how berries look like on the plant itself. The flashy red hue stands out greatly from the leaves.
Like fish in the sea, photoholics get busy to pluck and eat!
Scarecrows were there too. These are quite fancy but i doubt they keep the birds away.
After about 30 minutes and a punnet later, this was my catch of the day!
See what I mean bout the scarecrows not having any effect. Okay, you may argue that these are not crows.
But the sight of two sparrows playing about the farm and feasting on the berries was too hard for my 300mm to resist. As I got my lens out, the two males were fighting over this territory.
Flowers where not in short supply as well. Luckily my trusty macro lens allowed me to capture every detail here.
These were the strawberry farms. Notice how low they go to?
All the while, the skies were filled with clouds, signaling a storm.
As we left, the sight of this scarecrow caught my attention. Those porcelain eyes have seen more sunsets than I have.
Before we left, Da Wei just had to bring out his 300mm for a group photo. Only problem was that his camera was 30m away from the group!
Man with a camera in the bush.
So, canons typically have a shutter timer of 10 seconds. So you run!!
Next stop, 12 Apostles!

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