Cascade at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, South Australia

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‘Cascade’ – sculpture by Sergio Redegalli

I took this photo of the ‘Cascade’ glass sculpture by Sergio Redegalli when I attended amazing bestselling fiction author Fiona McIntosh‘s Commercial Fiction Masterclass at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in South Australia. Apparently this piece weighs 12 tonnes!

I only realised just now that the reflection of the Palm House on the left hand side looks like part of the wave. And yes, that is a duck photobombing on the other side of the water.

I’ve previously written about attending other writers’ weekends with Fiona – you can read more at An author’s journey – the business of writing (2015) and Business of writing – building your brand (2016).

 

Summer sunset – Murrumbidgee River, Western Riverina

The serenity in this photo of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, outback New South Wales belies the harsh environment that would’ve faced 19th century explorers Burke and Wills on their ill-fated journey from Melbourne to the coast of Carpentaria, a distance of over 3200 kilometres.

The explorers camped in Balranald in 1860, a time when non-indigenous Australians hadn’t travelled or mapped the vast inland of the continent. The journey ultimately cost the lives of both explorers and five of their companions from malnutrition and exhaustion.

Sunset over the Murrumbidgee River