acheron

We spent a couple of nights up at the farm where my sister and her family live. They were away so, while it was a real shame to not have time with them, it was such a treat to have the place to ourselves for a few days together before Scotto heads to Sydney for 11 weeks of study…

Acheron

Acheron

Eucalypts

Eucalypts

River Red

River Redgum

Acacia

Acacia

Grasses and gum

Grasses and gum

Reeds

Reeds

Acheron River

Acheron River

Sneaking in between two very hot weeks, we had beautiful weather… We spent most of the daytime down by the Acheron River, which was fresh, fast and super cold! And the nights were so clear that we slept outside on the trampoline and watched the stars wheel across the sky, so much brighter and closer than they are at home.

The birds, mostly cockatoos, had the same idea and were out enjoying the gorgeous days.

Cockatoo and clouds

Cockatoo and clouds

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

Cockatoos

Cockatoos

I didn’t do much but wander about with my new (old) camera, getting a feel for it and looking for small treasures in a way I haven’t for ages.

Grasses

Grasses

Grasses

Grasses

Dock

Dock

Brave beetle

Brave beetle

Among the leaves of some of the eucalypts, I spotted quite a few of these delicate nests… I’ve got no idea who uses them but they are strangely beautiful and reminded me of a small child’s shoe. Anyone know what they are?

Webbed nest... bird?

Webbed nest

Gum shedding

Gum shedding

We hung about with the animals: they have chooks…

Settling down to roost

Settling down to roost

Wonderful colours

Wonderful colours

… a couple of Highland cows…

Wee coos!

Wee coos!

… and Damara sheep, who completed transfixed me with their wild horns, their ability to moult (they don’t need to be shorn), the ingenious way they store fat in their tails and their wonderful, beautiful faces.

Wild boy

Wild boy

Beautiful girl

Beautiful girl

Beautiful colouring

Beautiful colouring

Black beauty

Black beauty

Soft and hard

Soft and hard

Shedding

Moulting

Fatty tail

Fatty tail

Soft belly

Soft belly

Thanks so, so much, Hen and Tim, for a magical weekend. It was just what we needed and more than we could have wished for xx

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8 Responses to acheron

  1. Gorgeous photos, Jules, it looks like it was a lovely weekend. Did you collect any interesting dyestuff? Those moulting sheep look interesting – can their fleeces still be used for yarn? x

  2. sclues says:

    I love your posts Jules … beautiful photographs, great narrative xx

  3. Sampling says:

    Such a beautiful series of photographs! Love those sheep……

  4. So gorgeous – makes me miss the bush. x

  5. kgirlknits says:

    those sheep and those cows! LOVE!

    looks like a great timeout location. Your photographs have an ephemeral beauty; gorgeous.

  6. Samantha says:

    mistletoe birds nest

  7. Melanie says:

    Achingly beautiful photography as usual Jules. Thank you for sharing.

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