Kow Swamp in Victoria, Australia. Just one of the fabulous places (if not a little sinister), that I visited on my November holiday in Australia visiting my brother and his wife.
I had seen photographs of this location on flickr and knew it was a "must see" place if I was likely to be in the vicinity whilst on my holiday in Australia; it's Kow Swamp. In some ways the visit was disappointing as the photos I had seen showed a serene view with still water and a lakeside beach with dead trees sticking out of the water. The reality is only too plain to see, the water level is extremely high making it extremely difficult to get near enough to any of the standing trees to get wide angle close-ups; the lake was also very choppy and muddy brown, with quite large waves breaking onto the shore. Fortunately I had brought my "Hunters" with me as I knew I was likely to visit some damp locations needing protective footwear and this was one such place. All manner of nasty creepy-crawlies were in that water and on the foreshore and I was grateful of the foot and lower leg protection. The bonus, of course, was that hugely dramatic sky which just helped add to the drama and evilness of the views! The photographs I took were all within a 200 metre strip of the lakeside edge as it was very difficult to get through the undergrowth and marsh surrounding much of this vast lake. Ideally a guide familiar with this spot would have been very welcome.
You can read a little more about the swamp on my blog page here: opobs.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/beware-of-leeches/
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