A Wide Brown Land - Capertee Valley by Ian English

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When we were in Primary School we all knew the words to “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar (1885 – 1968) The most famous verse is -
“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!”
My Country

Taken in the Capertee Valley west of the ranges in NSW Australia

Nikon D700 24-70 f2.8 tripod
ISO 200 f8 @28mm

3 x RAW images +/- 1 stop processed in Photomatix Pro and CS5


hills, mountains, grass, hdr, ian english, sunburnt country

I’m a Sydney based photographer. Photographic interests are the outdoors, people, action, HDR and creative works as well as pretty much everything I guess.

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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful, scenic image Ian. The tones and light are absolutely beautiful!

  • Hi Damienne, thanks a lot :)))

    – Ian English

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    Your excellent capture goes well with the classic Mackellar verse..cheers Ian.

  • Good on ya Waz. When I looked at this I immediately thought of the poem. Thanks mate !!

    – Ian English

  • Fara
    Faraabout 3 years ago

    Glorious colours……..coming from Ireland we would seldom see something like this……thanks for sharing this!!

  • Thanks very much Fara. This was taken before the recent rains. It would be quite green now, but not as green as Ireland methinks. :))

    – Ian English

  • GailD
    GailDabout 3 years ago

    Yep. Fits the verse well. Great Ian.

  • Cheers Gail ;))

    – Ian English

  • Michael Collier
    Michael Collierabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous landscape Ian.

  • Many thanks Michael :))

    – Ian English

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    I love her too :) :) :)
    Wonderful, Ian. To think the early settlers thought this was ugly… crazy Poms! (no offence to any current Poms… only those ones!!) The strip of light on the hill in the mid-ground is wonderful :)

  • What a lovely comment Mieke, thanks !! I like that strip too and the lone tree on the left :))

    – Ian English

  • Sandy Dunn
    Sandy Dunnabout 3 years ago

    An amazing capture! A favorite!

  • Hi Sandy, thanks for the fav and comment……Ian

    – Ian English

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago

    beautiful shot ian

  • Thank you vv, glad you like it :))

    – Ian English

  • Bill  Robinson
    Bill Robinsonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Australian landscape Ian.

  • Cheers Bill, appreciated mate !!

    – Ian English

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishabout 3 years ago

    Well spotted Ian, great “sunburnt” tones !!

  • Thanks Di no SPF 30 I think !! ;)) x

    – Ian English

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