Ruby In The Landscape – Admiring Emus

Our recent trip to the outback provided many new experiences for Ruby.  A close encounter with an emu at the Opal Caravan Park at Lightning Ridge provided excitement, and she got her art on by admiring the emus in John Murray’s very cool mural in the alleyway next to his gallery located in the main street.

Lightning Ridge is an iconic Australian outback town. It is truly fascinating, full of characters, mining memorabilia, and of course, the home of the beautiful black opal.

We only had time to stay overnight as we were destined for Broken Hill and Silverton, but we are already planning a trip for next year and look forward to capturing many more “Ruby in the Landscape” images.

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“Admiring Emus”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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The Ladies of Louth

Two lone figures appeared on the horizon like a mirage.  As I drove closer to them along the insanely red dirt road, I could see that they were wearing fly veils and one was carrying dumb bells.

Feeling adventurous, I had ventured off the black-top to travel the unsealed Darling River Run and had travelled more than 100km from Bourke.  I had not seen any other cars and was enjoying the vista of the red earth country and a land springing to life after recent rain.  The appearance of the odd emu, kangaroo and wild goats kept me on my toes as wildlife are a little bit unpredictable when grazing and moving around near the outback roads.

At first, I thought the ladies may have broken down, but the dumb bells had me intrigued.  I pulled up and had a chat to the lovely Clare and Margaret and they told me that they lived at the little town of Louth just up the road.  They had both embarked on a health mission and were out walking to get fit.

To say I was surprised was an understatement.  But life is like that in the country and the outback.  Folks don’t have access to big fancy gyms, they make the most of what they have, and despite the trillions of flies, they were out enjoying the land and each other’s company.

They were pretty chuffed when I asked if I could photograph them, as I was to meet such interesting ladies in the middle of nowhere.

Louth is a small town with a population of under 50 which swells to thousands when they host their annual race meeting.  I called into the pub to refuel and enjoyed looking at the wonderful memorabilia located inside the pub whilst I waited for my hearty bacon and egg burger to cook.

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“The Ladies of Louth”       © Sue Thomson 2014

I received some very good advice from the ladies of Louth…..buy a fly veil when you get to Broken Hill….and I did!

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Ruby In The Landscape – The Mad Max Dog

The town of Silverton in New South Wales, Australia is an outback town with such classic desert appeal that it has perhaps become the most famous movie location in Australia.  Iconic films such as Mad Max II (known as Road Warrior in USA), Dirty Deeds, Mission Impossible II, The Missing, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Reckless Kelly, Razorback, The Slim Dusty Movie, Hostage and A Town Like Alice (mini-series) have all been filmed in and around Silverton.

This was an important destination on our recent outback trip, and as we drove in to Silverton on the first morning for a sunrise shoot, I could sense Ruby’s excitement was growing.  You see, I think she has dreams of being a movie star one day.  We arrived at the Mad Max 2 Museum and Ruby immediately got into the spirit of this awesome movie and strutted her inner feral dog.

Feel free to share this blog and image with any big-name movie screen writers who might be thinking of writing a Mad Max sequel and might be in need of a dog like Ruby.  Her modelling training is coming along well and at this stage, her fee is modest.  Her handler is probably expensive though 🙂

The Mad Max Dog

“The Mad Max Dog”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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