Ev's photos and commentary
As we set out from Lake Bolac the Grampians began to emerge beyond the vast paddocks of sheep, wheat and the golden canola or mustard.
Lambs in a makeshift yard by the roadside being "marked" – castrated and tails cut off– I could not linger because of the singed smell from the cauterising. Their mothers watched from nearby bleating anxiously.
We approached the Grampians from the south-east,
Most of the Grampians National Park was burnt by bushfire in Jan. 2006.
I had squatted down to take a picture then realised I was no more than a metre away from this lovely scaly coil below. He must have still been a bit slow from his winter sleep and did not move so there was ample time to get a picture.
We watched where we put our feet after that little thrill!!
In the burnt areas there was a fantastic display of Xanthorrhoeas and orchids
The new eucalypt shoots and sundews were stunning too.