A quiet pool on the Helena River, in the hills out of Perth in Western Australia. Cool, clear running water that I couldn’t keep the dogs out of. You used to be able to get here by driving to the very “bush tracky” end of Helena Valley Road but now it’s been cut off to vehicles so walking or biking is the only way in.

Luckily, a popular walking path runs right by this spot and meanders up along the valley hillsides where you pass above the Lower Helena Diversion Dam. This is mostly mud unfortunately in this new era of dried up water catchments. Of course the dogs love romping in the mud and you can guess the result of that! Further up, the river is interrupted by Mundaring Weir which supplies drinking water to Perth.

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“Helena River” – Oil on Canvas – 2016  24cm x 36cm