May McKeown looks up at the stars as she stands in the front yard of her 6,000 acre property.
May, aged 78, lives and works on her property mostly alone as her son is constantly traveling.
She inspects the property and hand-feeds her cattle daily, writing poems in her spare time about her lonely life on the flat north-west plains.
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Author: Jane Izzy,
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We have been blessed several times by wonderful backyard Magpie pets.
Two years ago Maggie was in our life, taming herself to us like a lost puppy dog and becoming an integral part of our lives as we were nearing the end with our beautiful, very sick, 18 year old cat.
Since Maggie left we have missed her so dearly but they are wild animals and come and go as they should.
We’ve had a couple since then at different times but never as tame, uninhibited or endearing as Maggie.
Until today…Today we were blessed at another critical personal time in our lives with Pinotti (pictured above).
He is so much like Maggie, running after me in the backyard like a puppy dog and following me up the back stairs.
He went, then came back with three friends, went again and then they all came back again and I found him waiting at the back door for me.
The others are pretty tame too but he is special. I can imagine him sitting on us, snuggling in a very short amount of time, like Maggie.
Cross fingers. It certainly made my very awful day turn into something very special.
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I spent most of today photographing the whales, two cows each with calves close to shore, I got some nice shots but nothing really great.
I’m starting to get hungry and it’s lunchtime so I start to pack up, the whales have moved well to the east of my location so think I might come back later in the afternoon as they travel 2-3 kms up and down the beach each day during whale season.
A friend shows up and as we are talking we see some splashing, an adult female is tail slapping and there is some good surfing taking place in the foreground, I focus on the tail for most shots but thought it might be good to have the surfer in focus with the whale in the background.
I get home and viewing the photos I feel I have a nice Australian coastal photo that I am very pleased with.
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Pic of the week: Opera House
Amazing clouds, brilliant moonlight and the fabulous Sydney Opera House make a spectacular trifecta.
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Captain Charles Sturt is regarded as an icon in the history of Australian exploration.
In 1828 Sturt received permission from Governor Darling to explore the area of the Macquarie River in western New South Wales. It was not, however, until 10 November that the party started out.
It consisted of Sturt, his servant Joseph Harris, two soldiers and eight convicts; on 27 November Sturt was joined by Hamilton Hume as his first assistant. Hume’s experience proved to be very useful.
A week was spent at Wellington Valley breaking in oxen and horses and on 7 December the real start into comparatively little known country was made. 1828–29 was a period of drought and there was difficulty in getting sufficient water.
The courses of the Macquarie, Bogan and Castlereagh rivers had been followed, and though its importance was scarcely sufficiently realized, the Darling River had been discovered. The party returned to Wellington Valley on 21 April 1829.
The expedition proved that northern New South Wales was not an inland sea, but deepened the mystery of where the western-flowing rivers of New South Wales went.
In 1829 Governor Darling approved an expedition to solve this mystery. Sturt proposed to travel down the Murrumbidgee River, whose upper reaches had been seen by the Hume and Hovell expedition.
In place of Hume, who was unable to join the party, George Macleay went “as a companion rather than as an assistant”. A whaleboat built in sections was carried with them which was assembled, and on 7 January 1830 the eventful voyage down the Murrumbidgee began.
In January 1830, Sturt’s party reached the confluence of the Murrumbidgee and a much larger river, which Sturt named the Murray River. It was in fact the same river which Hume and Hovell had crossed further upstream and named the Hume.
Several times the party was in danger from the Aborigines but Sturt always succeeded in appeasing them.
Sturt then proceeded down the Murray, until he reached the river’s confluence with the Darling. Sturt had now proved that all the western-flowing rivers eventually flowed into the Murray.
In February 1830, the party reached a large lake which Sturt called Lake Alexandrina.
A few days later, they reached the sea. There they made the disappointing discovery that the mouth of the Murray was a maze of lagoons and sandbars, impassable to shipping.
The party then faced the ordeal of rowing back up the Murray and Murrumbidgee, against the current, in the heat of an Australian summer. Their supplies ran out and when they reached the site of Narrandera in April they were unable to go any further.
Sturt sent two men overland in search of supplies and they returned in time to save the party from starvation, but Sturt went blind for some months and never fully recovered his health.
By the time they arrived back in Sydney they had rowed and sailed nearly 2,900 kilometres of the river system.