Cattle Trough - Hay Plains

Title: Cattle Trough – Hay Plains
Photographer: Darren Stones
Location: Cobb Highway, Hay, NSW, Australia
Date and time: Tuesday 11 August, 2009. 5:48pm.

“A drenching shower had just passed and freshened-up this northern section of the Hay Plains in outback NSW. The silence and environment was invigorating. The ground had become slightly muddy, and with 400 metres of off-road driving in a two-wheel drive car to negotiate, the reward of a new image beckoned. A few hours earlier, I spotted this windmill in the distance and took the detour off the Cobb Highway to investigate. It seemed a promising location. With clouds passing quickly, we were in for a pleasing sunset. After taking a few shots, I returned to the car with an inch of mud on my shoes.” – Darren Stones

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  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 4 years ago

    Stunning image, Darren. Beautiful light. Me thinks you should invest in a 4WD?

  • A 4WD would make life a little easier, Sonia. :)

    – Darren Stones

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Mooreover 4 years ago

    Magic shot Darren.

  • Thanks for viewing and commenting, Paul.

    – Darren Stones

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    A great image Darren, well composed and good use of the available light.
  • Right place, right time I think. Enjoyed making this image, Terry. Thanks.

    – Darren Stones

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 4 years ago

    I remember that fantastic image. The story with it is great. Ah well, a car can be cleaned, that shot, one in a thousand.

  • The mat under the brake and accelerator pedals did get a bit dirty after this, John. :) Glad you enjoyed my little story – I enjoyed writing it.

    – Darren Stones

  • Nerida13
    Nerida13over 4 years ago

    Love this shot! I wish i had a 4WD too.

  • Thanks Nerida. Having a 4WD sure would open up a few opportunities.

    – Darren Stones

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyover 4 years ago

    I love the light on this shot, Darren and it goes to show that great images can be found everywhere if you look hard enough – even in the Hay Plains. :-)

  • So true regarding having to look hard for images to create on the Hay Plains, Sue. Think I’ve barely scratched the surface though as I’m sure I saw a few waterholes and plenty of saltbush around. :)

    – Darren Stones

  • Paul Dean
    Paul Deanover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Darren. Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 6th June 2010. The efforts we go to for “that shot”…rain, waves…..mud…a few of your stories involve mud I’ve noticed!!

  • robpower
    robpowerover 4 years ago

    magic light here Darren

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Darren! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group.

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