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The title is taken from the poem ‘My Country’ by Dorothea MacKellar, which was written in 1906.

100 years on, with the terrible drought conditions in Australia and the disgraceful state of our precious Murray River, the Coorong and Lower Lakes and other vital waterways, and our government’s lack of a meaningful response to global warming, the words ‘a sunburnt country’ start to take on a new meaning for Australians today.

I for one do not love a sunburnt country and ‘the wide brown land’ is not for me.

The image of the ‘Black Boy’ grass tree is a xanthorrhoea quadrangulata that was photographed on Mount Barker Summit.

Photography is my passion and my favorite subject is nature. I am particularly drawn to photographing landscapes, misty mornings, flowers and nature macros, as well as creating unique artworks using digital enhancement techniques.

I live in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in South Australia and am extremely passionate about capturing the inspiring scenery that is to be found here.

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  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    gorgeous image, well done

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic, it looks so harsh.

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 6 years ago

    Perfect colors,great artistic representation of Australia,Lee.

  • KathyT
    KathyTalmost 6 years ago

    Well done Leanne. Represents the state of things well and yes, I agree, I don’t think Dorothea MacKellar would have wanted our land to get as ‘sunburnt’ as it is.

    Excellent work.

  • Thanks Kathy :) Yes, I mean no disrespect to her wonderful poem or its meaning, I am just trying to highlight the terrible drought conditions we are facing, and the fact that 100 years on her words hold a different meaning for Australians in 2008.

    – Leeo

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondalmost 6 years ago

    You’ve nailed the conditions in this comp. Great work Lee

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldalmost 6 years ago

    Great !

  • Neil
    Neilalmost 6 years ago

    Yep, that about sums up our country at the moment (and I fear that it will not get any better).
    A beautiful image in its own right Leeo, and a stark reminder of the state of our planet.

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent work here Lee, love the image and you have thought though this idea so well.

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant work Leeo!! One of my favourite poems “My Country”!! :o)

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    great catch

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