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
Sony R1 hand held