The second running of this cattle drive occurred 8th-14th April, 2018.
So there you go, a sample of the experience.
When one is driving a rural highway at daybreak and the light does this, one must find a spot to pull over and take a snap
I have just returned from a week of filming the Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and the National Rodeo Finals, 2017. In the little free time I had, I snapped a couple of still images of two campdraft competitors.
Early morn’ and greeting the dawn with some cattle on the ‘moo ve’ near Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland.
The Liverpool Plains is a prime food and fibre producing area that is under imminent threat from several coal mines – at least one of which, the Shenhua Watermark mine, is foreign-owned (Chinese). These companies seek to rape and scar the land, deplete and contaminate aquifers, then pack up and leave once the destruction is no longer financially viable. Never mind that there are farmers, you know, living breathing hard-working people, with families and dreams, enduring incredible stress as they seek to remain being outstanding stewards of the land they sweat for. How and why our political “representatives” allow this is beyond me – I suppose it goes along with their belief in continued economic growth year on year. Well, let’s inform them that exponential growth is unattainable and to seek it is ignorantly irresponsible (but I guess it is politically astute?).
I am not against mining, per se, however I do have issues with “the commons” being over-extracted for the profits of a few whilst the landholder has little recompense for the invasion, and the people of this nation see very little direct financial benefits. As another roadside sign in the area states: “Wrong mine, wrong place.”
I hope you enjoyed these images.
This is overlooking Virgin Rock and the town of Springsure in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, Australia – as seen from Minerva Hills National Park. As is my want, I hiked in a few hours too early with all the required equipment and froze my bum off, waiting for dusk’s blue hour and the town lights to be on, in order to light-paint this scene…
This is the “before” image, taken on iPhone 5:
And this is the subsequent light-painting image.
The remaining images here are different views of Mount Zamia escarpment, incorporating Virgin Rock:
This is a light-painting of the entrance to Springsure Golf Club.
For the following shots it was 1 degree C, and silly me, I was out photographing in thongs (i.e. Flip flops, not the underwear variety), light summer fishing pants, t-shirt and an old hoodie! Brrr.
On the left is Virgin Rock – a feature of the Mount Zamia escarpment.
The following two images are essentially very similar compositions, but were taken 50 minutes apart.
different light = different feel.
Hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse of this beautiful area of Queensland.
Oh my, this 2015 drought in Queensland is horrific! This is at Ilfracombe, near Longreach QLD.
So much heartache for our rural folks, doing it very tough! I have full admiration for the stewards of Australia’s agricultural and pastoral land.
Cheers to the bushies!
Early morning fog envelopes a bluff on the boundary of Wollemi National Park and a rural pocket near Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, NSW.
During my recent >9,000 km road trip highway vistas like this one routinely had me in awe of the scenic beauty of this wonderful land.
Oh, how I enjoy the tranquillity of a sleepy river and the Australian bush. This is the De Grey River and rail bridge just off the Great Northern Highway near Port Headland, Western Australia. I didn’t camp here but I did enjoy the respite as I stretched my legs during the long drive.
Travelling is full of surprises…
The ubiquitous road train: some transport livestock, some transport supplies, and for others, like this one, it is iron ore.
Thanks for swinging by and I hope you enjoyed these photo’s of my travels.