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Ann Britton Outback Photography

Sunrise from the Cazna turnoff

You know the saying, the story behind the photo or a picture paints a thousand words?
You could let your imagination run wild if given a photo, and one image could give an array of emotions to many people.
(Children have been given photos to make up stories as English projects. I also think media sometimes do this, take a photo and then add a story 🙄)

So to start at the beginning of this story, that ends at me taking me photos of the sunrise at the Cazna turn off on the 27 April.

Anyone want to guess what is happening here, and why?
“Hamilton Drover” Garland Cattle Transport with a flat top hitched up, with the fencing (legendary) Toyota being unloaded, by Ryan and Ben, at the Coorabulka Road sealed rest stop, just off the Kennedy Development Road.
Long story short, we dried hired a grader, Ryan picked it up and dropped it off at the Cazna turnoff and picked up the fencing Toyota from Lucknow, and bought it back. The fencing Toyota was needed at Mudgeacca. (we had a flood in March if you hadn’t heard, and fences need repairing as a result of that.
So on the morning of the Wednesday 24th of April, I went with #BossMan to where Ryan and Ben unloaded the grader, 40km East towards Winton on the Kennedy Development Road. The Cazna turnoff is the one we take to get to Black Mountain. #BossMan graded to Black Mountain and then did (graded) the East side of the Mountain. The grading is done to that the dirt roads we use to do bore runs are easier to travel on.

That afternoon, about 4pm, I headed to Black Mountain to pick #BossMan up.
Leave Goodwood, head north on the Coorabulka (dirt) road about 4kms, turn right onto the Kennedy Development Road (one lane beef road) for about 40km till the Cazna turnoff. Cazna is Anzac, spelt backwards. Yep, you checked that hey LOL.  Then onto the road north to Black Mountain, that #BossMan had graded and would do a second cut before he had finished.
There are four gates on this road, and we drive through two neighbours properties, Macsland and Cazna. The fourth gate is the boundary gate into Black Mountain. The yards and the 15 Mile are only a couple of kilometers on from the boundary.
These red kangaroos were on the freshly graded road, on my way to the Mountain. They were most likely trying to get a bit of a relief from the mozzies and the flies, away from the vegetation. They didn’t move far off the road and were accommodating in allowing me to take their photo. That is Mount Datsun in the background. There is plenty of pigweed in the foreground and seeding Flinders grass in the background. Green green green as far as the eye can see.

Then, of course, Thursday 25 April is a day of no work for the #GoodwoodCrew as we reflect on how and why we are able to live the lifestyle we are accustomed to. We are grateful and appreciative of the country we live in and to those that allow/ed us to live the life we are today. The whole crew turns out for the #DawnService.

Early Saturday 27 April, I went with #BossMan to the 15 Mile at Black Mountain, where the grader had been left and where I had picked him up from on Wednesday. It had actually sprinkled the night/day before and we drove through scotch mist on the way up and me on the way back.
You know those “little things” in life that you enjoy. While waiting for #BossMan to organise himself to get in the grader, at the yards at Black Mountain (the 15 Mile) before sunrise, I enjoyed standing beside the Toyota not battling flies or mozzies. Pure bliss.
(Friday 26th April #BossMan had graded the western side of the Mountain and brought the grader back to the yards/15 Mile.)
I left #BossMan to start grading south, towards the main road, using the lights of the grader as it was still dark. (the second cut of the road, to make it easier traveling)
The sky in the east became more and more interesting as I headed south. I made the fourth gate, just before the Kennedy Develop Road, just as the earth’s rotation allowed the light of the sun to colour the clouds so magnificently.

For the camera nerds full focus length on my 24mm -120mm lens, 400 ISO, 1/250 @ f4.5 exposure (manual)
( I love camera talk, stats, info, etc sort of like “sexy” talk in the photography game. The above may not be all that sexy, bit of the norm, oh well)
You can see the moisture trying to escape the foreground cloud, giving that blurry look and those bubbly clouds behind them. On the horizon to the south (right), there is moisture coming out of the cloud.
6.35am was the official “first light” time

Lens at 44mm to give a greater area in the capture. You can see on the horizon to the south, the rain falling out of the cloud. You can also see that there is only a small amount of horizon not covered by cloud allowing the light of the sun to kiss the clouds with colour.

The more light from the sun, the lighter the “show”
6.58am was the official “sunrise” time

The Scotch Mist rain from the cloud to the south of the sun

More focal zoom out, more sun, means great area and lighter colours

Same as above, but zoomed in focal length

The power of the light from the sun, seems to demand all the attention be focused on it.

The spotlight has been taken off the clouds as the earth rolls round allowing the sun to take command of its light, and it itself becomes the spotlight that allows us to exist (basically)
After this photo, there was no colour in the sky, just a dull yellow where the sun was.
In the space of 4.26:30 minutes, let us say, less than 5 minutes, that magnificent view was over.
Some say one sunrise is like the next, to me that is like saying, all babies look the same.
Sometimes, I do just enjoy the sunrise, or sunset without taking any photos. The sun appearing or disappearing with no cloud, may not be as dramatic as with cloud, even a whisp, but it is no doubt still beautiful and still should be appreciated in my books.
While I took these photos, I was covered in flies as was #BadBoy. I was thankful there were no mozzies or sandflies.

I thought I best take a video and turn it into a YouTube to show you the flies.
Yes I usually do wear a fly veil and of late it is a mozzie veil, with my hoody jumper, tracky dacks, and shoes, plus repellant just to go outside and do chores like hang the washing, going to the storeroom, do the chooks.
When I left the house this morning, of going with #BossMan, he drove the car as close as he could to the house, so I could “run the gauntlet.” We have four steps into our house, as I descended them, in the dark, with only my phone as a touch light, and slipped out of my slippers into my sandshoes, the mozzies were flying around me as thick as the flies in this video, fair dinkum.

After spraying the office numerous times to try and finish this blog, that I started days ago, the mozzies are just getting too good for me, so best to “publish” and share.

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