I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 2nd 2020
Where has all the green grass gone?
Is the grass greener on the other side of the highway? It was when I shifted into the area 45 years ago and horses grazed in the verdant pastures across the highway. The pastures are now long gone, turned into 100s of houses, each with their own little patch of grass.
With our exercise locations now being geographically restricted a foot-borne expedition was in order to gain some exercise, breathe some fresh air (filtered) and become more visually aware of our near neighbourhood, not to mention finding green grass.
I started my exploration at Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark. As I crossed the Maroondah Highway, a loud crow call above me attracted my attention. Not being fluent in crow talk, I didn't know if he was saying, welcome or go away.
On the western side of Mooroolbark Road a footpath, bordering residential areas winds its way up and down the undulating landscape. Both sides of the path have been landscaped, hiding paling fences and softening the sound of passing traffic.
A splash of colour caught my eye only a couple of metres away. It was a Crimson Rosella, almost hiding in a tall shrub at eye height. I think we both received a fright as it quickly departed as I managed a quick photo.
Good effort looking for beauty, in the human overflow. I know people need a place to live, but why monster houses on beautiful fertile land.
Its the same where I grew up.
Enjoyed your article. Hope you find more green grass. :)