Once upon a time, there lived..... by George Petrovsky

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Once upon a time, there lived..... by 

……who knows who and who knows when?

This abandoned stone house was discovered in the Wattle Range on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. It must have a story to tell, of times when it was a home for someone and smoke would rise from the chimney. Perhaps there was once laughter here as children may have played under the trees. Perhaps here was once harmony and happiness. Perhaps there were once tears, as it had to be let go and ultimately left to ruination. If only these walls could speak…. if only there was someone to listen….

Nikon D80, Tamron 28-300 lens @ 220mm, 1/320 sec @ f10, ISO 400, Landscape mode, pattern metering, auto exposure and WB. Processed in PSE 3 to give a partly colourised effect, trying to accentuate the stonework.


australia, south australia, wattle range, limestone coast, house, home, trees, abandoned, stone, story, ruins, ruined, george petrovsky

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

Now, you know all my stuff is Copyright If you try and pinch any of it, I’ll jump through your screen and rip your bloody arms off!

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 2 years ago

    I’d love to know the stories belonging to this place.

    Great capture and processing, George!

  • Thanks very much for the fave Donna – always appreciated. There are some interesting old ruins in the district and this old ruin might try finding and posting a few more…. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago


  • Spasibo bol’shoe Vitta – I’m very pleased you’ve added this picture to your favourites! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Prasad
    Prasadover 2 years ago


  • G’day Prasad, I’m pleased you like this rural scene. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    This has a gorgeous finish, like an old style photo tinting, delightful

  • Thanks Kala – I was mucking about with all sorts of variations on this picture, so I’m pleased you like this version of it. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    I bet there are a lot of stories hidden in these walls ! ..Excellent work George – Love this xx

  • Gail – 50 lashes self administered! Somehow I missed replying to your kind comments and thanking you for adding this picture to your favourites. As ever, muchly appreciated! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Dohmnuill
    Dohmnuillover 2 years ago

    Looks like an out-station building, George. The smallness and one window are typical. These buildings were occupied, sometimes on a temporary basis, by a farm hand, often a bachelor, to avoid the long ride back to the main homestead. Quite common over pastoral areas of Australia. Perhaps this one was associated with “Yallum”.

  • Thanks very much for the additional background info Dohmnuill – much appreciated. This is on the Catalapa Rd heading in the direction of Wattle Range. There is another ruined stone house, much more substantial, at the intersection of this road and the one going to Furner, which I have a few shots of waiting in the wings. Must get the light right though! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 2 years ago

    Good pic and treatment George.

  • Thanks Sharon, I’m pleased you like the results of this lot of mucking around. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    An absolute magnificance of an image and a delight to read the words that accompany it. Love the image and what it stands for; the feel; the texture; the ruggedness; the contrasting moods; perhaps it is the stories that it tells. It keeps is wondering about the who’s and the when’s and the why’s. And that’s the magic of this image. GREAT piece of work George. Hope all is well with you. Good to see you again. Hany

  • Thanks Hany – this current voyage of discovery is yielding some interesting finds. It leads one to look into the past of this pastoral region, developed for sheep and cattle grazing and grain production. The land has variously suffered or prospered depending on the husbandry. The pioneering history of both this country and North America is a fascinating one. I’m very pleased that you like my mucking about and interpretation of this particular image. The voyage of discovery continues! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Great find and capture George, bet it could tell some stories.

    Cheers Jude

  • G’day Jude – thanks very much for adding this picture to your favourites – muchly appreciated. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    George.. hi

    George.. hiBeautiful colors and scene, great work!

  • Glad you like this piece of rural Australia John, and my rendition of it. Much appreciated. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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