I’m joining Becky in her October 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 Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.
In the soft light of late afternoon it’s beautiful down beside Dogwood Creek. Tall trees cast long shadows across the water and birdsong fills the air. It’s easy to understand why the first residents of Dogwood Crossing chose this peaceful spot as the final resting place for their departed loved ones.
The information sign at the old cemetery tells another story. People had no way of knowing how high the creek would rise in heavy rains and, despite its location up the hill, the cemetery was regularly flooded.
It’s a long time since anyone was buried at Dogwood Cemetery. Those who lie here are left in peace and solitude, surrounded by the bush – until the rains come again.