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A hard day at the office ... by Rosalie Dale

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Just west of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands District of NSW (Australia) I came across this stockman and his cattle. He is not making an impolite gesture, but waving through another car as we’d been blocking the road while discussing weighty matters pertaining to crops, cattle and the approaching storm.

FEATURED in Australian Travel Photography and Writing Group, Nov 2010
FEATURED in Permanents Feature Gallery of Artists Universe Group June 2011
VOTED into the top 10 of the Horse & Partner Challenge, Equine Art Group, May 2012


stockman, farmer, australian, crookwell, southern tablelands, rural, horse

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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  • GailD
    GailDalmost 4 years ago

    Gosh the grass on the side of the roads is so long this season. Good fire season.
    Great shot of the man & his horse. Any of the cattle?

  • That was quick! Thanks Gail. Sure is high grass! I got one of the cattle but a car is pushing its way through unfortunately and after that they scattered.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 4 years ago

    Only thing hard about that is the seat on his pants,
    Tht’s the life I want next time around.

  • Me too Warren – think we’ll have to stand in line!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    looking good Rosalie

  • Thanks for the fav Philip – you wouldn’t believe the colours out towards Harden / Coota / Young / Junee … vivid purples and greens with ripening cereal crops giving some hints of yellow … you’d love it!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • julie anne  grattan
    julie anne gr...almost 4 years ago

    Looks great down that way too Grass for miles
    Love you and the goats as i said to Gail we have 16 that greet us out at the farm and 3 i am still feeding so you get used to bruises and skin missing from them jumping up on you

  • Yep, summer will be a worry if fires get a hold.
    I was so at home Julie – we’ve owned goats on a couple of occasions in the past, and bred them. They are absolutely wonderful – I almost tucked one of the kids into my car … not quite, but almost!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Gilberte
    Gilbertealmost 4 years ago

    Such a natural short Rosalie as if I were there speaking to the man

  • Glad you like it Gilberte – thank you

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishalmost 4 years ago

    Well spotted Rosalie, the background looks like a painting…

  • I so love our rural areas Di. It had just been blowing sleet in Crookwell about 15 mins earlier – lots of cold wind but great skies, and vivid paddocks.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 4 years ago

    Great shot and amazing how green the country side still looks

  • Hey Hans – thanks for the encouragement!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    its certainly a good time for country travel lots of rain the countryside in full bloom and not too hot

  • SharonD
    SharonDalmost 4 years ago

    Looks great Rosalie. I looked twice at his fingers though,lol.

  • I should have snapped more shots – too busy talking! A wonderfully typical laid-back country bloke. Thanks Sharon.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 4 years ago

    A super photo Rosalie – absolutely spot on. I remember Crookwell – it was a bitterly cold morning and we had to take the photos at the little Catholic school – where the sister in charge was a real martinet who kept trying to tell me how I should be going about it!! Bless her – at least she had the decency to write to the company when the photos arrived to say how good they were. A classicial example of reflected glory !! LOL
    Take care

  • The lady in the info centre said she had not let her slow combustion heater go out so far! I guess that’s why they put a ‘wind farm’ just out of town – high, windy, cold. It made me feel it would not be a sensible place for me to move to, even if it is roughly halfway between Sydney and Coota. It is sooooo pretty though.

    – Rosalie Dale

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