Sunday, August 10, 2014

Out and about in the bush

Life is jam-packed.  Some exciting plans are on the horizon.  We are preparing for spring and a possible escape to the beach before the hot weather arrives.  There are busy times ahead on the farm and the school year is rushing by. 

For me the best way to handle the hectic rhythm of life is to make time to get out and about.  Fresh air and the wide open spaces help to reset the mind and remind me of everything I am grateful for.

I kept one eye firmly on the horizon while I quickly took this photo, waiting for the father emu to return to his sparse nest. 
  

Sunrise through one of our apple trees.  It was -4°C when I took this photo which is about as cold as it gets in our part of the world. 


The lonely, parched skull of a feral pig resting in the red dirt.


Early morning olive tree shadows on the woolshed. 


 At a recent family engagement party most people rolled up to the community hall in utes and four wheel drives to join the celebration.  One outback character and his lovely wife made an understated entrance in this big machine and nobody thought anything of it.  Another reminder that we do live in a unique part of the world. 


I hope you are getting out and about! 

Happy Sunday to you.

43 comments:

  1. A gorgeous little visit to your neck of the woods Miss Jane.
    Thanks for letting us tag along.
    The beach trip sounds SO EXCITING
    I hope you have a fab week. xx

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    1. Happy to have you tagging along Kate! x

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  2. Emu eggs are a rare find but I would have been nervous too Jane. Beautiful photos xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, have you eaten these eggs I wonder? Not me...way too big! x

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  3. lovely photos jane..i hope you do get to get a break and go to the beach..x

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  4. Love love love your posts Jane xxx Stunning photos x

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  5. More good things for us to look at. Those emu eggs look pretty amazing; I didn't realise the males incubated the eggs. Who rears the young - mother or father?
    I hope there was a big parking area at the community hall.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Yes, the male incubates the eggs and rears the young I believe. Good idea isn't it? Miles of parking at the community hall, quite literally! x

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  6. i love that clear and soft light - it's unmistakably early morning winter light.
    beind outdoors and getting fresh air is so important for me to, jane - working in an office all week, it is definitely by 're-set' button. it would be wondrous to have your space as well.
    keep us informed on the emu egg progress!

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    1. Thanks e. I hope you are getting some sunshine in your part of the world!

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  7. Please tell me you picked up that pig skull and took it home Jane? Such a beautiful, beautiful thing.
    I remember chasing emus in the ute along the fence line - they are hilarious when they run, aren't they...

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  8. What a lovely outback post and a reminder that I need to get out more, even tough it is cold. I need to get to the centre of Australia or at least teh Flinders Ranges for some reality time. Might go and check that camper trailer.

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    1. Great idea Francesca, let me know if you decide to head to the outback!

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  9. though, not tough but... maybe they're the same thing?

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  10. Wow, what beautiful postcards from your landscape, Jane! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Wonderful pics ..how good is it living in the country! :)

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    1. Thank you Julie, I know you understand!

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  12. Thanks for the pretty visit to your home :) I love seeing what other parts of the world looks like.

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    1. Thanks Caitlin, nice to meet you!

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  13. Two of our favourite books round these parts, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu. I think I've read them both nonstop for the past 8 years. Loving all these pictures Jane and the fact that our worlds (despite being in the same state) are so, so different.

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    1. I always love your thoughtful comments Brydie. We love those books too! Our lives are so very different aren't they...yet also the same x

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  14. Beautiful photos Jane, a gorgeous glimpse into your world xx

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  15. A wander outside with the camera is such a good way to slow down and appreciate the little things. You always take such beautiful photos.
    Glad to hear you're making plans for a holiday amid all the busy-ness - so important!

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    1. Thank you Amber, I always love hearing from you!

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  16. I'm determined to get out and about (just around our farm) with the camera this afternoon. It feels as if Winter is leaving us in our part of the country and I want to get some photos before this glorious golden light leaves....it's been quite a while since I indulged in a "camera" walk and your post has inspired me to do so!

    Life's nutty here too!
    Sarah xx

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    1. Great Sarah...a camera walk is always good isn't it? x

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  17. wow, what amazing photos. so different from anywhere i've ever been, it's a lovely little glimpse at another kind of life x

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    1. Thanks Gaby, great to hear from you x

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  18. You photos reminded me why I love the outbback again Jane. We are so lucky to have this aren't we ?

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to call in Annie, we are lucky indeed x

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  19. Oh wow these photos are stunning. My mum & stepdad have just returned from two months of camping and driving across the Simpson Desert and WA/NT. Such stunning colours and varied landscapes our country has. x

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    1. What an amazing trip for your mum and stepdad! You are right...our country is so varied x

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  20. What a beautiful collection of images, those eggs are amazing! Hope you are enjoying these fast paced times ;)

    xox Lilly

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    1. Thanks Lilly, good to hear from you x

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  21. Beautiful pictures! You are brave taking pictures of the Emu's nest- gorgeous shot though :)

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  22. Gorgeous photos Jane. You certainly look like you live in a beautiful part of the world. x

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane