Our Australian Summer . . . by Rosalie Dale

Our Australian Summer . . . by 

Uploaded specifically for the Australian Travel Photography and Writing Group’s Australian – Summer 2010 Travel Photographer project … taken between Harden and Cootamundra in NSW December 15, 2009 following a recent nasty (intentionally lit !!) bushfire.

Our iconic Aussie summer … relentless blue sky with a heat haze shimmering on the horizon. A Southern Cross windmill giving a lazy ‘tic’ as it occasionally shifts in the scorching heat. Even cicadas have deserted the scene – only spasmodic cricket chirps break the silence.
A recently harvested oat crop provides tinder-dry stubble – perfect fuel for the early bushfire which recently tore through the area. Even after some days the acrid smell of ash and smoke rises to assault the senses. Our bush boasts no artifice or pretense. What you see is what you get – raw and real – personifying those who live here.
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!
Dorothea MacKellar © 1904

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I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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  • Davies
    Daviesover 5 years ago

    One extreme to another Rosalie. Dust one day, fire the next. I wish we could catch fire bugs and then make them pay for the damage. Thank you for bringing life in the out back to every one’s attention.

  • One wonders how the minds of the fire bugs work Noelene. Thanks for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • richiedean
    richiedeanover 5 years ago

    So amazing, this planet of ours ……. we just had snow today !!!
    Thanks for the vision Rosalie ……………. :))

  • Hey Richie – we are almost doing the global seaons ourselves this year – wet and quite cool today! Crazy … thanks for the encouragement mate.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiover 5 years ago

    A real snippet of Oz Rosalie,nice work

  • Thanks Joe – a real blast from the past this type of shot – scenes from my childhood!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • roybarry
    roybarryover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, sun scorched work.

  • Thanks heaps Roy

    – Rosalie Dale

  • John Robb
    John Robbover 5 years ago

    A tragically iconic image that I suspect will become the new face of Australia in the years to come. Great capture Rosalie.

  • Especially tragic when it is intentionally lit John. Already, however, tiny shoots of green are appearing. In a couple of weeks this will be an interesting area to view … :+)) Thanks for the visit and kind words xx

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Great work Rosalie!!

  • Almost as hot as your place Marvin! Pushing 40 celcius and only very early Summer. Thanks mate.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day ROSALIE!

    A great pictorial depiction of the harhsness and reality of life on the land in Australia.
    I am really taken by the metaphor of the slightly damaged windmill blades that echoes the resilience of the people who make a living from our brown land – damaged but still working.
    Exposure and composed nicely, showing all the elements clearly with the charred foreground making a strong statement.


  • There’s quite a bit of symbolism in this shot Dennis from my perspective – I am pleased you also identified with the image. There were other paddocks worse hit by the fires, but I particularly liked the elements in this one. Thanks for taking the time to call by and encourage! :))

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanover 5 years ago

    One cannot improve on Dennis’ comment. Signs of things that I miss.
    Beautiful shot Rosalie.

  • Ta Philip – living in the city most of the time (albeit on the rural edge!) I also get nostalgic over these types of images. There’s something about getting back to basics and being at one with the elements / nature.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • JudyBJ
    JudyBJover 5 years ago

    very beautiful ,Rosalie !

  • Many thanks Judy

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    As Philip said, Dennis has it all covered. Well done.

  • Pleased you like it – thank you

    – Rosalie Dale

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