22 On the Gemfields

I’m joining Becky in her July Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B.  The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word tree. Look for #treesquare. Come with me on a Central Queensland road trip starring trees and the beautiful landscapes of my home state.

The Gemfields, Central Queensland

The towns on the Central Queensland Gemfields may be tiny but their street art is larger than life. Every piece celebrates the riches found here, in the most prolific sapphire yielding region in the world.

The welcome signs on the edge of each town show a fossicker in his hopeful search for precious gems including rubies, emeralds, zircon and peridot as well as the beautiful sapphires.

The striking sculpture Sapphire Reflections greets visitors to Anakie. The coloured glass shapes sparkling in the the morning sun mirror the colours of the sapphires found in this area – the traditional deep blue but also yellow, green and black.

An oversized miner’s toolkit stands outside the general store in Sapphire, ready for a day’s fossicking.

Outside the Bobby Dazzler Mine at Rubyvale, a lucky miner shows off his find.

Even the shelter sheds celebrate the precious stones which can be found on the Gemfields!

24 thoughts on “22 On the Gemfields

  1. what a place, it must have seem extreme joy and despair over the years depending on whether you found your gems or not!

    also a new word for me fossicker – never come across it before. It’s such a great word

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    • You’re probably right about that although I suspect most people do find gems. They are plentiful.

      I never realised fossick isn’t a common word everywhere so I did some research. Apparently its origin is Cornish, meaning to search, and it became widely used in Australia and New Zealand during the gold rushes. It means to search or rummage. We usually use it to describe the act of prospecting for gems or minerals, although it’s common to say you’re fossicking if you’re looking for something eg looking in a pile of stuff for something in particular. There is a driving route in New South Wales called The Fossickers Way which goes through one of the biggest gold and semiprecious gem areas in Australia.

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  2. What a fun place. You definitely have to include this is Cee’s Friday Photographing Public Art Challenge. I love the gem catcher (the man) and that structure, Safire Reflections, is beautiful and so unique. I agree with Becky about the fossicking. That’s going in my Aussie dictionary. 🙂 Great post, my friend. 🙂

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