30-Day Project | Day 9 | Bored on the Bus

I had a 30-minute bus ride and was a little bored.  I tried to see what I could capture through the front bus window shooting from the hip.  This was the best one I got.

TransPerth Bus

30-Day Project | Day 8 | Legs

I was bored while Chelsea was shopping, so I found it a good time to try and make a picture for today’s 30-Day Project posting…

Shopping Legs

30-Day Project | Day 7 | Layers of Stares

Sometimes it is just impossible to be inconspicuous… Like when you are on a train full of bored people…

TransPerth Train

30-Day Project | Day 6 | Flying Away

Today was my last day in Laverton for the week… flying back to Perth tomorrow for a bit.  It has been a good week, I met lots of people, and I am looking forward to returning here in a week and a half to continue my project (and hopefully actually getting a start on the photographing portion of the project).

Laverton Crow

By the way, the crows here in Australia make the weirdest noises I have ever heard come out of a bird… I wish I could convey that sound in type but that would be impossible.

30-Day Project | Day 5 | Gateway to Alice Springs

Although I met with a lot of people today, I didn’t take a lot of photos.  As I was walking around town this evening, I passed by this old building around sunset and snapped a picture.  It advertises Laverton as the “Gateway to Alice Springs.”

Why is that?  Well, Laverton marks the start of the 2,750km long “Outback Way” which runs from Laverton all the way to the east coast in Queensland going through Alice Springs along the way.  A short 1,500km / 20 hours of driving on mostly unsealed roads will get you to Alice Springs (the closest large town to Urulu/Ayers Rock).  It would be fun to drive someday if I ever got my hands on a 4-wheel-drive vehicle…

Laverton: Gateway to Alice Springs

30-Day Project | Days 3 & 4 | Outback Golf & Sunrises

Day 4 | Outback Golf

Since my goal in Laverton this week is to meet as many people as possible and get to know the town and its surroundings, I just had to wander over to the Laverton Golf Course when I saw it on Google Maps the other day.  Laverton Golf Course is probably not what you are thinking though.  Obviously, water is a precious resources out here so luscious grassy fairways are out.

If you want to play a round at this course, you should probably leave your new TaylorMade clubs at home as you will be hitting off of dirt.  Golf Carts? Bad idea… Bring your 4×4 instead.  Looking for the lady that drives the drink cart around?  You aren’t going to find her.

It is pretty simple– the “fairways” are red dirt and the “greens” are the circular areas of black dirt.  Just make sure you rake a smooth path between your ball and the hole before putting.

Laverton’s golf course is unique and one of many Outback golf courses in Australia.  In fact, if you really want your golfing minds blown, they just finished building a 1,365 km (848 mile) long golf course which bills itself as the “World’s Longest Golf Course.”  Basically, you play one hole in each town as you drive down a very long Outback highway.  Don’t believe me? Check out their website for yourself

I would love to play a round in Laverton one day.  I was really hoping to find some people out playing, but wasn’t that lucky.  I am told that people do play there every once and a while, but not today I suppose.  Since there was nobody playing, I just took some “people without people” photos of the course:

Laverton Golf Course

#6, Par 4, 301 m

Laverton Golf Course

Putting Green, #7 Hole

Laverton Golf Course

Tee Box, Laverton Golf Course

Day 3 | First Light

On Saturday, I woke up at 5AM and my wonderful host, Annette, drove me out near the town of Windarra to see the sunrise at some nearby sand dunes.  It was beautiful:

Sunrise Western Australia