Ruby In The Landscape – Windorah Red

There is something special about the outback and we loved our trip to Windorah this year.

Just a little red dog doing her thing in the outback!

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“Windorah Red”       

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Ruby In The Landscape – Dune Frenzy

What is an Australian Kelpie, who lives in an urban townhouse, to do when she has the opportunity to explore a red sand dune in the outback?

Why………stick her nose in the sand and go crazy……..of course!

A cow grazes peacefully in the background.

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“Dune Frenzy”       © Sue Thomson 2015

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Ruby In The Landscape – Queen Of The Outback

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“Queen Of The Outback”       © Sue Thomson 2015

There is something about the Australian outback that is addictive.

Dry cracked red earth, endless vistas, spectacular wildlife and pubs in remote towns that always have a cold beer.

We are just home from a trip to Windorah, which is located in the heart of the Channel Country, approximately 1200km west of Brisbane.  Windorah is surrounded by red sand hills and is a great spot to overnight before heading out on the road to Birdsville.

Ruby enjoyed the red dirt and will be back again soon!

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Drift

Once a living being, the ocean takes it in, polishes and shapes it, tumbles it around like a washing machine, and then spits it out, sometimes thousands of miles away.  Trees become mysterious objects such as dinosaurs, knarly hands and little worms.

Perhaps my imagination is a little vivid, but hey driftwood is cool!

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“Knarly”      © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Driftwood Worm”      © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Moonrise over Bribie Island”      © Sue Thomson 2013

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“Tyrannosaurus Rex”      © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Upended”      © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Low Tide at Maine”      © Sue Thomson 2014

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“The Hand”      © Sue Thomson 2013

 

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Ruby In The Landscape – Centre Stage

Ruby is an integral part of my landscapes now.  She is great company when I travel to locations in the dark and wait for the light.  She loves to explore and kick up her heels and whilst I have always intended for her to be a small part of the image that I create, sometimes she just cant help herself…..she has to be centre stage!

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“Centre Stage”      © Sue Thomson 2015

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Ruby In The Landscape – Wait

She knows what beckons on the other side of the sand dune, it excites her greatly, and yet she waits. 

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“Wait”       © Sue Thomson 2015

She can hear the pounding of the ocean waves, she knows that at this early time in the morning, no one will be on the beach and she will be able to run freely to her hearts content.  She knows that when she is done chasing waves, she will be able to wade into the warm ocean and swim to sooth her aching muscles, and yet, she waits.

She waits for her master to give the release word and let her know that it is OK for her to go ahead. 

An Australian Kelpie develops an intensely loyal bond with their master.  They are one of the most enthusiastic and tireless working dogs on the planet.  It doesn’t matter whether they are working on the land, or living in an urban environment and learning obedience, agility or tricks, they will give their all to their master, without complaint, and with love and devotion.

Little Ruby has been busy strutting her stuff in the show ring shows during 2014, earning her Australian championship title, and taking out the national pointscore for No. 1 Australian Kelpie in her class.

2015 will bring her debut into the agility ring, a few more shows for fun, and more images  to be created for the Ruby in the Landscape series.  

Ruby is looking forward to planning and sharing some special shoots this year with you.

Woof woof!

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Ruby In The Landscape – Best Seat In The House

Community halls and showgrounds are the lifeblood of small country towns.  Folk travel from all around to gather and join in festivities such as the yearly agricultural show, rodeos, exhibitions and meetings.  A catch-up over a cup of tea and a lamington or a scone always goes down a treat.

Recently, Ruby and I took a drive to Allora, a small town in South Eastern Queensland on the Darling Downs.  It is best known for rich agricultural land, fields of sunflowers, and magnificent heritage buildings located in the main street.

Ruby checked out the grandstand at the showground and quickly found the best seat in the house.

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                                     “Best Seat In The House”       © Sue Thomson 2014

These grand old heritage buildings can take a lot of upkeep to maintain and I was pleased to be able to recently contribute to a fund-raising campaign aimed at restoring the 110-year-old grandstand at Camperdown Racecourse.   A fabulous documentary book called “Camperdown and It’s Cup” has been created by Andrew Chapman, Noel Butcher and Jaime Murcia and all proceeds from the book sales are being donated to restore the grandstand.  The book is a great read and  the images are amazing.

Ruby is currently busy planning her next adventure into the landscape, so be sure to follow one of the links below to see where she will be heading next.

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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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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 🙂

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“The Mad Max Dog”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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Ruby In The Landscape – Blending In

Yesterday we went for a wonderful walk in the fog.  Ruby was excited to sniff and smell all the new things which had been brought to life from the rain. We ended up at a small creek surrounded by pine trees and watched the magic of nature as the sun rose and the light filtered through the trees.  There is always beauty close to home.

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“Blending In”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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