Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mary Mageau: OUTBACK

The Great Dividing Range rises straight ahead from the valley floor. That abrupt counterpoint of rugged mountain tops leads us through Cunningham’s Gap into the dry lands. Green surrenders now to brown – subtle shades of tan, caramel, rich sienna and deep red ochre.

‘Come along,’ you said. ‘This place is a photographer’s heaven.’ Trees disappear from sight, shrubs wilt and droop. Soon only large tracts of barren earth are visible, crosshatched by deep cracks. The featureless landscape is carved into two parts by the road we travel on – a continuous ribbon carrying us straight ahead toward the centre of this vast, timeless land.

dry seeds
the blueprint for new life
wind scattered

by Mary Mageau
Samford, Qld., Australia

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