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© 2011 Chris Armytage, Fine Art Photography, Daylesford

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Before the glare o’ dawn I rise
To milk the sleepy cows, an’ shake
The droving dust from tired eyes,
Look round the rabbit traps, then bake
The children’s bread.

There’s hay to stook, an’ beans to hoe,
An’ ferns to cut in the scrub below,
Women must work, when men must go
Shearing from shed to shed.

I patch an’ darn, now evening comes,
An’ tired I am with labour sore,
Tired o’ the bush, the cows, the gums,
Tired, but we must dree for long months more

What no tongue tells.
The moon is lonely in the sky,
Lonely the bush, an’ lonely I
Stare down the track no horse draws nigh,
An’ start . . . at the cattle bells.

- The Shearers Wife
by Louis Esson (1879-1943)

FEATURED in The World As We See It, or as we missed it, 4 May 2011

FEATURED in Representational Digital Art, 7 May 2011

LANDSCAPE OF THE WEEK, The World As We See It – Editor’s Choice ending 8 May 2011

FEATURED in High Quality Images, Permanent Feature Page – One Moment in Time 19 June 2011

Photograph taken near Mt Franklin in Victoria, Australia, with a Panasonic FZ20, edited and layered with textures from my own stock photography in Photoshop CS3.

I very much appreciate your visit and comments on my work. I will reply by commenting on and favouriting your work soon. Thank you all so much for taking the time to look.

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