14 June 2011

Dennys Photo Gallery: Beautiful Australia

From Denny:  What a wonderful find is this photographer from Australia. She gives us a travelogue and history of the images she recorded of her country. The landscape exhibits a wild beauty, drenched in color.

Some excellent landscape photos and some penetrating character portraits are part of her collection over at flickr.  These photos of Australia go far beyond the usual tourism photos.  In fact, Australian travel and tourism should employ this photographer.  It sure makes me want to hop a plane and endure the excessively long ride from America just to see Australia!  There is a lot more to Australia than the Great Barrier Reef so often advertised.

But if you can't get time off to see Australia, this photographer sure makes you feel like you are there. Along the way, as you view her images, you get drawn into the culture and people of Australia. Enjoy the journey through her eyes!  I've included some of her observations, cultural information and comments.

All photos are from Dreamscope Photography @ flickr.




Australian Canola Field

Australian Canola Field photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

Canola is popular in America as cooking oil and for salad dressings as it has a neutral flavor, not overpowering the flavor of the ingredients in a dish.





On The Farm

On the farm in Australia photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available





Australia Lavandula Farm

Australia Lavandula Farm photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

Autumn in Australia. From the photographer: "Around its golden stone farm buildings, Lavandula grows lavender, olives and grapes."



Australian Cocky

Two Australian Corella Cockatoo birds photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: "The Corella Cockatoo is native to Australia. This bird is mostly white, with a pink face and forehead, and faintly pink feathers on the breast and belly. Corellas are popular as pets because of their ability to mimic sounds. Corella Cockatoo is considered the best "talker" of the Australian parrots."




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Follow the leader photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available







Molly

Molly photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: This portrait is part of a series "Under every Aussie hat there is a story"







The Bee Keeper

The Bee Keeper photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: This portrait is part of a series "Under every Aussie hat there is a story"




Depression

Depression photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: This portrait is part of a series "Under every Aussie hat there is a story"




An Aussie Kid

An Aussie Kid photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available





Australian Landscape Dusk

Australian Landscape Dusk photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: "The words ‘Country’ and ‘Landscape’ are both used to express a sense of place, and have similarity of meaning as well as important differences. For Indigenous Australians, ‘country’ specifically expresses the sustaining relationship that exists between people and place, and the relating rites and custodianship. ‘Landscape’ is a more European term, and can include abstract philosophical or aesthetic interpretations of a place."




Australian Landscape

Sheep Landscape photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available





Australia Brighton Bathing Boxs

Australia Brighton Bathing Boxes photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: The 82 Brighton bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, sentry order alignment and a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay on a beach owned by Bayside City Council. As simple structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected.

Although approximately 1,860 bathing boxes, boatsheds and similar structures are located around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, the Brighton bathing boxes are the only remaining structures of their kind close to the Melbourne central business district. As a functional remnant of a bygone era, they provide a cultural and historical resource that is constantly being photographed, painted or drawn.

Licensees choose to differentiate their bathing boxes with minor structural, artistic and colour variations. When viewed together they turn the beachscape into a collective work of art that can change by the hour according to season, light and colours.




Australia Echuca Steam Rally

Australia Echuca Steam Rally photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: For 47 years Rotarians in Echuca-Moama have staged the rally to raise money for deserving causes (see Community Benefits). Through the foresight of early members, the club owns the rally venue, Rotary Park, off the Northern Highway.

But the rally also does the hugely important job of exhibiting dozens of rare and beautifully restored engines and pieces of farming machinery, thus encouraging the proud owners to continue finding and preserving them. Exhibitors come from far afield – and a tractor club even holds its AGM at our rally.

Today, more than ever before, Australians love to “touch history” – to get close to our heritage. You’ll see hundreds of examples of machinery in working order, agricultural implements being used for their real purpose, old-time trades and Clydesdale horses working the land in scenes straight out of yesteryear. (see Highlights and Program) And each year we try hard to bring you new and different attractions.




Australia Echuca Steam Rally

Australia Echuca Steam Rally early motorcar photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available




Australia Echuca

Australia Echuca Port photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer: The Historic Port of Echuca precinct is an authentic working steam port, home to Australia’s largest fleet of steam-driven paddlesteamers.

Although its major commodity has changed from wool to people, Port of Echuca still operates much the same as it did in the 1860's, with our shipwrights and steam engineers providing a vital role in the Port's operations today, just as they would have in the late 1800's.





Australia Shearing the old way

Australia Shearing the old way photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available

From the photographer:  Today, large flocks of sheep are shorn by professional shearing teams working eight hour days, most often in spring, by machine shearing. These contractor teams will consist of shearers, shed hands and a cook (in the more isolated areas).

The shed staff working hours and wages are regulated by industry awards. A working day starts at 7:30 AM and the day is divided into four “runs” of two hours each. “Smoko” breaks of a half hour each are at 9:30 AM and again at 3:00 PM.

The lunch break is taken at 12:00 PM for one hour. Most shearers are paid on a piece rate, i.e., per sheep. Shearers who “tally” more than 200 sheep per day are known as “gun shearers”.

Typical mass shearing of sheep today follows a well-defined workflow: remove the wool, throw the fleece onto the wool table, skirt, roll and class the fleece, place it in the appropriate wool bin, press and store the wool until it is transported.

In 1984 Australia became the last country in the world to permit the use of wide combs, due to previous Australian Workers Union rules. Although they were rare in sheds, women now take a large part in the shearing industry by working as pressers, wool rollers, roustabouts, wool classers and also.




Australia Echuca Steam Rally

Beautiful draught horses photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available




Claire

Claire and the curious horses photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available




Australia

Bringing in the hay photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available




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Australia's most famous icon - the kangaroo photo by Dreamscope Photography @ flickr, All Rights Reserved with embed code available






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