Onwards to Rubyvale, the Gemfields in central Queensland, Australia

Rubyvale and the local lookout. Many ancient volcanoes in the distant view, given their involvement in the genesis of local gems, mainly sapphires.
Mineshaft in Rubyvale. in pursuit of sapphires.
Local terrain and house near Rubyvale. In the great flood of Noah, when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, Rubyvale only got a few drops. So goes the local joke. It does not rain here much!
Willows lookout approaching Rubyvale.
Emerald. The adjacent large town to the east of the Gemfields. Picasso art in the nice local park. It actually works a treat as a local tourist attraction, even though many locals first baulked at the idea given its $50K price tag.

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