Photographer's Note

Birchip was our destination as my friend Tim and I traveled to his place of birth. For him it was a nostalgic trip where he met friends from his youth, some from primary school whom he had not seen in fifty years!
The town has had mixed fortunes and has survived the economic turmoils of past decades. Many similar towns have lost their heart as young people left for the cities. Birchip has kept its young by offering them employment through various enterprises or by keeping them on their parents' farms which due to their enormous size, have been profitable to run.
Nevertheless, there are signs of change, like this railway station which is no longer in use due to government prioritizing. The station was used by trains transporting wheat and barley from the silos built next to the tracks. Now most farmers have private silos and the wheat is transported by special trucks, something the farmers had to do as trains ran less and less frequently. Of course Tim was saddened by the state of the train station as it is part of the town's heritage and should be preserved.

N.B. The sun was setting and from the main street I saw this building glow in a dazzling manner, so I ran as fast as I could before the sun was obstructed by the low clouds.These are the colours as I saw them.

WORKSHOP: You can see the sight towards which I was running.

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Additional Photos by Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3580 W: 114 N: 6323] (28618)
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