A few days ago I went to the You Yangs in order to scout out some likely locations for a photoshoot I am planning.
The Ashbird (otherwise known as my brother in-law – “Ashbird” is now an inside joke) and I got sufficiently lost trying to find the You Yangs.
Please note… I CAN SEE THE YOU YANGS FROM MY HOUSE. You wouldn’t think we got lost. But we did.
We got oh so slightly losted. We were following signs but we still got losted.
Getting to the You Yangs via the freeway is slightly convoluted. Because there is a sign for the You Yangs (eventually) on the freeway… but they do not tell you that you need to take the Lara turn-off.
So, folks who are going to the You Yangs via the freeway? Take the Lara turn-off.
We drove through scenic Lara… and drove some more through Lara… and some more.
And then we saw the You Yangs!
Seriously, we just needed to drive towards the big hilly thing that I could see from my main street. Instead we drove around it halfway and then came up it’s arse like something that… goes up something’s arse. I have no idea where I am going with that. It’s too early in the morning and I’ve not slept much.
We scouted. There’s some pretty spots around Big Rock but the population of picnickers may make for some difficulties, particularly if it’s a sunny day as it was last Wednesday. I may try to make the shoot happen on a work day that isn’t a school holiday… which will likely see a whole bunch of school kids there doing abseiling, or something just as exciting but also very much INMYWAY.
A trip around the Great Circle Drive didn’t prove fruitful at all, aside from finding a pleasant little oasis of a picnic spot where there is a little pondy thing. I thought about tossing my model in there but I really don’t want her to get bit by the millions of DEADLY TIGER SNAKES that are in the area.
(And let’s not forget the King Browns… Seriously Australia? Did you HAVE to have every venomous, man-killing reptile in the world???)
So… the You Yangs may be a bust in terms of my photography project but there’s some definite possibilities if we can’t find anywhere else with the look I was going for.
Here’s a fine-artish shot I took of said little oasis of prettifulness.