This photo which I recently took through the window of a bus has many features which are typical of outback Australia.
On the road a caravan or motorhome disappears over the crest of a hill - in all probability in carries a couple of 'grey nomads'. Grey nomads are typically people 55 years of age and older who are taking a longterm holiday travelling around Australia. Their adventure may only last a few weeks but often they will be on the road for years. In some cases grey nomads may sell most of their worldly possessions and buy caravans or motorhomes (RVs) equivalent in value to an average home.
On the right on the road a roadtrain approaches. A roadtrain is a prime-mover pulling up to 3 trailers (triples). They can be up to 54 metres long and pull loads of up to 200 tonnes. They carry all manner of goods but in outback Queensland they are often seen carrying up to 6 decks (2 layers per trailer) of cattle.
On the left beside the road and in a dip a water level indicator can be seen. When it rains this part of the road obviously floods and can be deemed impassable.
On the right in the foreground can be seen an example of roadkill. A kangaroo which has been recently struck by a vehicle can be seen dead beside the road.
The haze which covers this scene is caused by dust and the heat which it is almost impossible to escape from in the dry areas of outback Australia.
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nazirbadar (234) 2009-09-02 21:49
picture is great but actually your note helps us to understand it more properly.
excellent perspective .
bracasha75 (24517) 2009-09-02 22:16
The Australias road trains.If for nothing else,this huge empty space in Australia is perfect for trucks specialy this raod trains.
Great shot and only in Australia
serp2000 (37841) 2009-09-02 22:23
Impressive shot, like a american movie.Original composition, good colours. The useful note. TFS!
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-09-02 22:38
And, a very dry scenery result of a too long drought still going on in Queensland.
You have here an excellent picture which shows well the roads of Australia. Well done.
kschanna (6) 2009-09-02 22:47
This picture shows the typical Aussie road so well with all the signature elements in it. The dry landscape, the road with heat waves clearly lurking over it, the dead roo and the roadtrain. I think you've done exceptionally well with this shot taken from a bus window.
Thanks for sharing
bema (26279) 2009-09-02 22:49
just a simple picture and it tells so much storys about the people and the landscape they live or work in..great note and at least a very fine picture, lokks real good..
have a fienday, greetings also to your husband..
saxo042 (36902) 2009-09-02 23:13
You have included many details of daily Australian life in just one picture here. This is a perfect TE contribution. If you read the note also, you have learned a lot about Australia. And this is also a well proportioned and composed photo!
Jeppo (17639) 2009-09-02 23:29
I love this perspective...the endless road...the brown asphalt...the road train coming in your direction....
it reminds me USA...but it's OZ. 2 different countries...the same sense of freedom and infinity
fanni (14377) 2009-09-03 0:27
I think that the photo is very well composed, and I like the way you captured the view: it has a certain mood. Also, this scene looks like scenes which are often shown in movies: with heat over the endless road which goes far towards the horizon... and if the weather is hot, the heat makes objects take strange shapes!
I feel much pity for that poor kangaroo :(
Very interesting Note accompanying the photo!
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-09-03 1:14
beautiful looking shot with a great high POV. Nice colour of the road . Tfs. Have a great day.
windosil (1158) 2009-09-03 2:50
Wonderful photo and note, Marlene. Sky colour is unusual and very lovely, though I expect it's a sign of an oppressive heat if you are out in it. You certainly grapbbed the right moment to press the shutter, with the bus jst ging down to a dip in the road as the kangaroo and the other vehicles were in just the right place. Well done!
bisok (948) 2009-09-03 2:59
This is actually a very important picture ...
I mean the subject (or even more - the subjects) of the photograph.
Unfortunately, that's a common view of the Outback, sometimes there are many dead kangaroos laying close
one to another :-(
In my opinion it would be useful expanding information about the death of kangaroos on Australian roads (first of all - why ? )
ifege (10089) 2009-09-03 3:13
A well realised, classic outback shot Marlene and taking advantage of the variations caused by light and heat on the lines at the edge of the road.
The only problem is a touch of vignette in the top corners could have been reduced.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-09-03 6:04
Marlene, if this doesn't look like something from Mad Max then I don't know what... Nice composition with superb detail, great work.
holmertz (36989) 2009-09-03 8:09
This is a photo of many qualities. It's the kind of photo that gives me the urge to travel, seeing the caravan disappearing towards unknown destinations. You take us on a sightseeing tour through Australian society by telling us about tranportation of goods in the outback, the hazards of an unreliable climate and a bit about the local wildlife.
For TE this is a perfect picture. Thanks for sharing,
AKITA (15125) 2009-09-03 23:23
an interesting shot of very Australian road view.
warping lines and big truck look artistic in this picture.
it is sad to see dead kangaroo...
on my neighbor roads, I often meet foxes and deers...and sometimes see the killed bodies by the cars too...
anyway this wild and dry feeling is characteristic there.
thank you for your excellent shot,
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2009-09-04 16:40
Hello again my dear Marlene
What an impressive shot !
Well considerate and appropriate framework indeed.
The usage of long focus lens is auite useful.
Congratulation on your masterpiece.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a solid weekend !
foozi (7101) 2009-09-04 20:50
real picture here with a stunning perspective in great rich colours. Very symmetrical also.
i like the coming truck and it gives a good subject into making this one a nice one.
wolf38 (30276) 2009-09-05 8:29
Hello Marlee. A scene as from the cinema. Well observed and photographically realizes. Best regards, Wolfgang - have a nice weekend.
jmdias (52472) 2009-09-06 3:48
nice note. I saw every detail in this image, very interesting. interesting to know about this nomads, it is an interesting way of life. The poor animal killed at side of the highway is usual here too. I guess image is little tilted to right. nice light and sense of being in travel. well done
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D80 DSLR, Sigma 18-200 / 3.5-6.3, HOYA 72mm circular polariser
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-02 21:04