Sunday, 17 March 2013

Macro Monday - Castlemaine Bricks

Castlemaine is an old gold town about 140 km Northwest of Melbourne.  It one of these classic gold rush towns that built itself on sudden and abundant wealth - and has drifted into genteel decline ever since.

These days food manufacturing and tourism are important.  We when there for a weekend there a (surprisingly long) while ago.  Some of the buildings have the kind of grandeur which speaks of wealth in the past, and reuse in the present.  It's now a place of cafes and galleries.

One of the things that caught my eye was the use of (presumably) local red brinks in many of the buildings.  These seem to be a variable quality, and some have stood the test of time better than others.






We are planing another visit soon - which is what reminded me of these pictures.

You can find more macro images from around the world here at Macro Monday.

Enjoy the close ups.

You can find a (old!) post about our trip to Castlemaine here - After the Gold Rush.

23 comments:

Kerri said...

Outstanding!

TexWisGirl said...

i'm glad the town is at least drawing tourism, now. :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Well, it may be declining, but the town offers some wonderful photo opps! I guess that's similar to our huge plantations that were wealthy so long ago, but are now either decaying or preserved for tourists.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the look of old brick and they made a great macro. I do the same thing you do , looking up old pictures when we're intending to go back to a place!

Fun60 said...

Red bricks always remind me of my home town Manchester.

SandyCarlson said...

I did enjoy the close ups. Fabulous textures.

From The Heart said...

Great photos. I love old bricks!

Carletta said...

I really like all that crumbling texture!

Karen said...

I love the shots of the mud islands in Port Phillip Bay, beautiful, great macro shots too. I am your newest follower, have a nice day.

Regina said...

Great one!

Have a nice new week.

Katrin Klink said...

Perfect closeups!

karen said...

Lovely detail, love red brick. x

Rollercoaster Mum said...

The red bricks make a great close up - fairly common back here as you know but I do love an old red brick house- they always look warm and welcoming.

Lea said...

Interesting!
I think too many old buildings are being torn down - towns are losing their history and character. Glad these are still standing.
Have a wonderful day!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Cecilia Artista said...

Great shots!
Like the red bricks!

Laura said...

wonderful textures!

Karen said...

Red bricks, red roofs! Great textures!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

These are different- red bricks are my favorite.

Jesh St Germain said...

Your last rendition is my favorite! Thanks for putting it in context. Now you make me want to read up on it more.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Interesting textures in your photos.

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!Great photos! I love old bricks!It must be a lovely place to visit!!Have a wonderful week!!
Dimi..

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice photos! This sounds like my kind of place.

edenhills said...

Very unique! I love the texture of the old broken bricks.