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Postcards – travelling West to East…Part two

Abandoned farm kitchen in the West Australian wheat belt © Rob Walls 2011

Salt mine at Lake Deborah, Western Australia © Rob Walls 2011

Truck driving sunrise, Nullarbor Roadhouse June 1, 2011 © Rob Walls 2011

Roadside shrine, Nullarbor Plain © Rob Walls 2011

My last campsite for this trip © Rob Walls 2011

Did it never occur to the signwriter, why "Shielas" required a grocer's apostrophe and "Blokes" not? Toilets at the Iron Knob Motel © Rob Walls 2011

Hitman? Probably a lucrative sideline for the butcher at Crystal Brook, SA © Rob Walls 2011

This puzzled me for nearly 1,000km. When I got to where I could get a broadband signal I looked it up. Means creeping over the speed limit © Rob Walls 2011

Racing my shadow home © Rob Walls 2011

PART ONE here

EAST TO WEST ON HIGHWAY ONE

EAST TO WEST Part tw0

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A long way from home; a long way to go…

This trip is like joining up the dots between all the places ever I’ve visited over the years, flying over this vast land, but never experiencing it; discovering the geography of the land between. I’m now 2018 kilometres from Sydney and 1924 kilometres from Perth and just beginning to get an inkling of how vast Australia is. I’m looking forward to what is to come and revisiting a lot of these places again on the way home.

Ceduna, South Australia, half way between Sydney and Perth © Rob Walls 2011

Oyster harvesting, Coffin Bay, South Australia © Rob Walls 2011

The rock formation known as Murphys Haystacks, near Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula © Rob Walls 2011

South Australia has these incredibly long jetties all along its coastline. Their only purpose seems to be recreational fishing. How good is that? © Rob Walls 2011

7.30am: pretending to write in my journal while waiting for the kettle to boil, at my first campsite at Sceales Bay, South Australia © Rob Walls 2011

Every photographer needs a hearty heart attack breakfast to set themselves up for the day. © Rob Walls 2011

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Postcards from South Australia…

Gradually making my way west across South Australia, I’m now at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, my stepping off point to cross the Nullarbor to Western Australia. The countryside is breathtakingly beautiful, but I find I’m still most attracted to the marks we make on the landscape. When it comes to heavy industry, I’m invariably torn between the damage it does and the energy and geometric beauty of its structures.

Horsedrawn tram, Victor Harbor to Granite Island © Rob Walls 2011

Graffitied water tanks near Port Augusta. Did Chloe marry Bill? © Rob Walls 2011

Whyalla's namesake, the ex-RAN corvette © Rob Walls 2011

Shop opposite the Whyalla Secondary School © Rob Walls 2011

Steelworks, early morning, from Hummock Hill, Whyalla © Rob Walls 2011

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The silvery light of the Coorong…

On the road again for the This Working Life project: travelling westward on a trip that will eventually take me nearly 7000km to Port Hedland on the other side of the continent, I made a detour through the Coorong  at the mouth of the Murray River.  With recent flooding rains, the waters at the Murray mouth are at levels that have not been seen for years. I found the geography of the Coorong surprisingly similar to the Camargue, at the mouth of the Rhone. It’s a similar mix of marshes and low salt flats and is also on the edge of a wine-growing region.

The weather was unseasonably cold and wintry, but the silvery light was magnificent as the sun played hide-and-seek behind clouds and squalls of rain. I can understand why this beautiful wild region of Australia can be so seductive for photographers. I’m determined to return here on my way home, in a couple of months.

 

The silvery winter light over the marshes of the Coorong near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia © Rob Walls 2011

Bench by the railway line at Milang, near Lake Alexandrina, South Australia © Rob Walls 2011

The Hindmarsh Island bridge at Goolwa, South Australia © Rob Walls 2011

 

 

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