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Goldfields and Wildflowers - Day 6 @ Lake Ballard

Day 6
Saw the group split, as the majority headed north towards an old emerald mine and Menzies for 3 nights. Yours truly heading into Menzies for a fuel top up and the onto Lake Ballard for a night with Steve & Leanne Green to capture the lake and its iconic statues at sunset and then sunrise. Our journey took us past Ora Banda where Deborah was able to take advantage of the Telstra phone box, this time calling her younger Sister Maxine. We continued past Broad Arrow Tavern & on tthrough Menzies.

Lake Ballard has 51 sculptures scattered over the 10 square kilometres of Lake Ballard. The statues were created by Antony Gormley. The installation is called Inside Australia. 51 volunteers from nearby Menzies had a 3 dimensional scan of their bodies & then the metal statuettes were constructed from local raw metals.

Photo taken by Leanne Green from the top of the eldest Sister Hill. There are seven islands in the Lake, each is one of the Sisters from the Dreaming story for the seven Sisters constellation.

We both found a nice spot along the edge of the camping area overlooking the lake. A very quiet night was had around a small campfire.

When it was time to hit the lake for sunset photos we ventured onto the salt lake hoping the crust was dry, and it was. An early, before 6am, start for sunrise shots was required the next morning...
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Posted by iandeborah 12:42

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Beautiful pictures...
Interesting change of scenery.
Does this Lake actually have water in it?

by Rose

The Lake does not have water in it at the moment or we may have been able to say we could walk on water at the minute. It is dry & has a white salted crust in places from the salt water.

When it rains & you walk on the muddy, salty, sticky lake & your shoes begin to have mud & salt as you walk and you become heavier & taller but slower as you walk along.

The sky is blue, the weather warming up. Should prove a fabulous day to travel once again into the big smoke of Kalgoorlie.

Enjoy your day everyone.

by iandeborah

It all looks great fun and some lovely photos.

by Mel

Great sculptures. Sorry we missed them now but that will have to be in next years radar. Enjoy your fabulous trip and regards to everyone

by Linda & Harry

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