|Forming up - James St Information Centre|
The Darling Downs Chapter of the MX5 club disappeared into smoke yesterday.
We were heading off to Queen Mary Falls in one of the most pervasive smoke hazes I've seen since living in Toowoomba.
|Hume St Southbound|
Heading out, the amount of activity surrounding the Carnival of Flowers was evident, but the spectacle was diminished somewhat by the haze.
|Through the smoke darkly|
The effect on the New England was ethereal.
We paused for Morning tea at Yangan.
|Breeze proof shelter|
The shelter shed was obviously a modified off-the-shelf garage, cunningly designed to maximise any heat build-up whilst at the same time screening out any cooling breezes.
Summer has arrived without any reference to Spring, or even a “Gidday” as it whizzed past.
|Green grass - brown sky|
The scenery became hazily bucolic as we punched South, following the track of the old railway line, the last remnants of which closed in the 1960s.
Once we’d left the New England, the roads became more MX5 friendly, with great sweeping bends.
|Upward and into the haze|
The mountains loomed ahead through the haze, and soon we were climbing. The country, where you could see it, looked great, but there’s plenty of fuel and fires are obviously going to be an issue.
|Mazdas on the edge|
Our next stop rejoiced in the name of Dagg’s Falls. Harry knows how it got its name – you’ll have to ask him.
These are the falls.
These are some of the people looking at the falls. MX5 drivers smile a lot.
|Deep in the forest something stirred|
We plunged into the mountain (but stayed on the road whilst doing this plunging).
|Lean green hungry country|
After lunch at Queen Mary’s Falls, we went for a stroll, and came across some interesting scrub, with the stream flowing through it, and the falls themselves.
|Queen Mary Falls|
Despite the summery day, it was spring, and the flowers were out.
Further along the track was a day lily.
|It waited for us|
It had obviously decided to pick that time and place to appear, just for us.