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The bush, the cows, the gums ... by Chris Armytage™

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© 2011 Chris Armytage, Fine Art Photography, Daylesford

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Before the glare o’ dawn I rise
To milk the sleepy cows, an’ shake
The droving dust from tired eyes,
Look round the rabbit traps, then bake
The children’s bread.

There’s hay to stook, an’ beans to hoe,
An’ ferns to cut in the scrub below,
Women must work, when men must go
Shearing from shed to shed.

I patch an’ darn, now evening comes,
An’ tired I am with labour sore,
Tired o’ the bush, the cows, the gums,
Tired, but we must dree for long months more

What no tongue tells.
The moon is lonely in the sky,
Lonely the bush, an’ lonely I
Stare down the track no horse draws nigh,
An’ start . . . at the cattle bells.

- The Shearers Wife
by Louis Esson (1879-1943)

FEATURED in The World As We See It, or as we missed it, 4 May 2011

FEATURED in Representational Digital Art, 7 May 2011

LANDSCAPE OF THE WEEK, The World As We See It – Editor’s Choice ending 8 May 2011

FEATURED in High Quality Images, Permanent Feature Page – One Moment in Time 19 June 2011

Photograph taken near Mt Franklin in Victoria, Australia, with a Panasonic FZ20, edited and layered with textures from my own stock photography in Photoshop CS3.

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I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t create, it’s as natural to me as breathing, especially now that we have the means to achieve great art with digital photography. It’s so exciting and I feel that my creativity has finally come to fruition with these fantastic digital tools.
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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Such pretty low light across this relaxed pastoral scene my friend- just what we’e been missing lately. Great to see you on tonight xxx

  • Great to see you too Rosie! I had a rare weekend at home last week and it was such a pleasure to be out in the countryside with my camera again. It’s very cold here now – I think we’ve passed Autumn by, most of the leaves just dropped instead of turning … not sure about the chestnuts, but there’s bound to be some still around :)xx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Love the textured look and great lighting, such a pretty scene, well done :o)x

  • Thanks so much Josie :)x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Beautifully done

  • Thanks so much Kathy :)x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • fazza
    fazzaover 3 years ago

    this is well done,great work!!cheers fazza

  • Thanks so much Fazza, glad you like my cows :)

    – Chris Armytage™

  • MaryLouF
    MaryLouFover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much MaryLou :)

    – Chris Armytage™

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Peaceful and beautiful image! Boy life in the old days was hard work! Perhaps moved at a slower pace in some ways, but not sure I want to change places with my forbearers! Nice presentation and writing Chris!

  • Hi Angie – yes, life was certainly harder in those days, I know I wouldn’t want to trade places! Thanks so much, glad you liked the poem :)x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, wonderful treatment and light.

  • Hi Aunt Dot. Thanks so much :)xx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Trish :))x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 3 years ago

    Light is lovely here Chris, but such a hard life way back then :-))

  • Thanks so much Sandra, times were tough back them, I wouldn’t want to swap places with them :))x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Great capture and lovely Treatment Chris, a wonderful image.

  • Thanks so much, Andrea :)xx

    – Chris Armytage™

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