Manor Lakes resident Tex Acola enjoys capturing scenic and striking images both at home and afar.
Mr Acola is a prolific photographer, taking pictures of subjects including landscapes, flora and fauna.
He is a popular community contributor to the Manor Lakes Community Facebook page, where he often posts images of sunsets with the You Yangs in the distance.
He also runs his own Facebook page, titled ‘Texs Troopy Travels’, where he posts photos chronicling the sights he sees while travelling, including aerial photos from his drone photography.
And he uploads pictures from closer to home, showcasing subjects such as the Western Treatment Plant.
Mr Acola said that since purchasing a LandCruiser Troopcarrier – which he has nicknamed ‘Ted’ – about five years ago, he has travelled around Australia about eight times, covering more than 350,000 kilometres in the process.
Mr Acola said that exploring Australia, and taking photos, “is like an anti-depressant for me”.
His advice to others is: “Don’t leave it until you’re old to do your travelling, and see Australia before you travel overseas” and also to visit the Simpson Desert.
“See it if you can – the peace and solitude out there, of knowing you’re thousands of kilometres from any people or annoyances, it’s a very peaceful state of mind,” he said.
See https://www.facebook.com/texstroopytravels/ for details.