This is about 10 kilometres outside the tiny town of Molong in western New South Wales. My great grandmother was born just near here at Copper Hill, on the fields of a copper mine.
But Molong's most famous son is Yuranigh of the Gomeroi and Wiradjuri people. Whilst Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell claims to have "discovered" this part of New South Wales, it was Yuranigh who guided him there. Mitchell wrote of Yuranigh in uncommonly affectionate terms as his "guide, companion, counsellor and friend" and that "his intelligence and his judgment rendered him so necessary to me that he was ever at my elbow … Confidence in him was never misplaced. He well knew the character of all the white men in the party. Nothing escaped his penetrating eye and quick ear". Yuranigh passed away in 1850 and his grave is just to the left of these trees. He was given the honour only bestowed on noble warriors and important tribesmen, with his grave being marked by 4 trees carved in the motifs of the Wiradjuri and Gomeroi tribes.
In my Workshop you can see photos of the wood carvings surrounding his grave.
There is a creek nearby named after Yuranigh, and a lagoon in Queensland.
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Sergiom (58734) 2014-09-02 5:03
It is almost like if the wind carved these trees in a fluid form that looks like a beaver. I like the contrast between the yellow grass and the grey sky.
Have a nice day
lousat (75566) 2014-09-02 5:06
Ciao Lisa,bisogna leggere le note per dare valore a questa immagine che sembrerebbe molto semplice a prima vista,da qui arriva la tua bisnonna ed ha vissuto anche questo personaggio che non conoscevo,molto artistiche ed artigianali le sculture nel legno accanto alla tomba nei due WS,un post davvero insolito e molto originale,ricco di significati piu' di quanto la foto racconta....buonanotte,Luciano
daddo (23823) 2014-09-02 5:12
Ciao cara Lisa. Firstly, the warm glow against a foreboding sky somehow fits the character of Yuranigh. The carved trees are a better tribute than words carved on stone.I await the day when over this vast land we shall see monuments?statues erected to mark important aboriginal freedom fighters and men of vision. People like Bennelong- I suppose there is no statue of this brave yet tragic figure on Bennelong Point.Regards. Klaudio.
snunney (82559) 2014-09-02 5:13
Fascinating how this clump of trees have adopted an almost symmetrical shape that your picture shows to great effect. Love the light and the soft muted tones.
dta (65730) 2014-09-02 5:13
Ciao Lisa ,
So simple , but so beautiful , this bosquet of naked trees and the golden grass contrasting with the dark stormy sky . The old tree stump provides an attractive foacl point .
TopGeo (38202) 2014-09-02 5:27
Hi Lisa - in the circumstances The tension that gives the atmosphere and the color contrast adds to this simple landscape interest and importance artistic! I believe nature has many moments that can thrill us, but we have to find out!
miumiu (5837) 2014-09-02 5:31
Very interesting photo and note.
This place is a little bit misty but very calm at the same time.
Very impressive capture.
Gerrit (47518) 2014-09-02 5:48
beautiful wintercomposition in such delicious lihjt and colors. Wonderful contrast with the dark clouds.
dkmurphys (48446) 2014-09-02 7:24
Simple and attractive image. I love the colors and the interesting shape of the trees together. Well seen.
berek (37328) 2014-09-02 7:51
very beautiful nature photography. simple, beutiful composition. i like very much color harmony between the yellow grass and grey clouds. trees looks lovely.
holmertz (40085) 2014-09-02 8:15
I love the subdued colours and the elegant curve created by the grove. The light under the dark clouds is quite fantastic. The workshop photos are very interesting too. I can't remember seeing that kind of carved trees before. We learn a little bit every day from TE :-).
Noel_Byrne (23286) 2014-09-02 9:48
Have you imported some Irish weather? The backdrop looks just like those that have followed me around Ireland for the past week and a bit, clouds promising rain. Although I suspect that yours were probably accompanied by an intense heat that would likely kill the average paddy like me :)
Its a beautiful shot, and the trees have grown in a vey precise and particular way, almost as if they are aware of their importance in this place, and their responsibility to look great. One thing I always love in images is this dark sky while the foreground is filled with fantastic Brit sun, and you captured that really nicely here, and with such an important place as the main centre of focus. The gold of the foreground against the grey turbulent skies looks really beautiful. Love the workshop too.
Cheers, and I raise you a wheat juice from the little old town of bushmills :)
unclehotshot (706) 2014-09-02 10:44
I love that kind of sky; and as it happens, it's a perfect match for the dry yellow grass: The shape of the little group of trees makes it perfect.
photoray (11795) 2014-09-02 12:04
Fine emotional view of Nature's tribute to Yuranigh, dormant grasses, mature trees leafless and a dramatic dark cloud backdrop.
Our Native Americans believe the spirit goes on to the "Happy Hunting Grounds" after death, and I hope to also.
I am also amazed how our history facts constantly talk about how the Europeans discovered the New World as if there were no humans before then. Of course the Native Americans were treated as if they were not humans.
Thanks for sharing,
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-09-02 13:53
Excellent composition and great scene you captured here.Beautiful place looks mystical with those strange trees in front of a great claudy sky.Very good work!
carlo62 (31444) 2014-09-02 14:52
la foto è molto bella, la forma di questi alberi è armoniosa ed è ben racchiusa tra il cielo scuro e il campo giallo. Leggendo la tua nota, prende una forma diversa, più intima e più sporica e le foto del ws contribuiscono a dare un tocco di misticismo a tutto il tuo splendido lavoro.
macjake (55562) 2014-09-02 15:46
one of the best things about TE is how the site delivers us knew and interesting info about far away places.
for example this one here.
Seriously speaking, how many people outside of Australia know about this story, this place, and these people? I would bet extremely low numbers of people!!!
But thanks to you, and thanks to TE we can learn about it now.
excellent backdrop with the grey brooding skyline, and the horizontal light browns along the bottom contrast it so well.
nice shot indeed! great story once again.
have a great day
emka (77444) 2014-09-02 18:48
Hedllo Lisa, Very interesting note and photo. Beautiful shot and how strange tge trees grow.
I am already in Russia, curious how it will be. Now 1,5 hour bus ride and I will meet our friends :)). The people are nice and friendly
warm regards Malgo
jemaflor (83757) 2014-09-02 23:09
great light capture and interesting contrast with this grey sky, well seen this landscape, nice photogenic result.
willperrett (6712) 2014-09-03 2:28
An interesting and moving note, to accompany a delicious minimalist shot. Near-symmetricality(?), sunlight on the trees and scrub, and that threatening sky, all create a memourable image. The KISS principle at work again.
Spyder (594) 2014-09-03 2:46
I love this image, as do a few others, and I echo their comments, especially Photoray.
Your notes are of particular interest. Shocking how Native people were treated by the 'conquerers'.
danos (85785) 2014-09-03 3:52
fascinating the view of the leafless trees having as backdrop the cloudy sky.
I like the created shape from the trees,the brilliant light as falling on the foreground making the scene even more effective.
abmdsudi (42664) 2014-09-03 7:45
This is way more than landscape, the triangular form of the trees, lighting, contrasting colour and texture are superb. Because of this I don't think that it needs scale, It just needs to be very big on my wall. Great minds and a beauty of a capture, 10/10 for style and execution. Fabs
ktanska (24626) 2014-09-03 12:12
Bare trees and rain promising sky does not give a typical Ausrtalian appearance. This could be from Finland on a rare sunny moment of November.
I like the colour scheme here: deep blue clouds and bright ochre hay.
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-09-03 23:45
Hello Dear Lisa,
Superb composition of the bare trees against the yellow dried up grasses and an overcast sky.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. Keep sharing.TFS.
adores (36195) 2014-09-07 17:06
Seems a very important place, and very beautiful also. The trees form a nice shape. I like the sunlight here and the dard sky, it adds a lot of atmosphere to the place and I guess it's the first time I learn about these carvings also.
COSTANTINO (54493) 2014-09-10 8:31
Hello my dear friend
fascinating the presentation of those trees
with symmetry in this wonderful landscape
I love the color of the sky creating
a dynamic contrast
have a nice time
Gigidusud (15147) 2014-09-10 13:31
Molto bello questo paesaggio di campagna. Il cielo nuvolose e la luce danno un bel contrasto di colori dorato e argento. Bella la storia anche e interessante il WS. Complimenti!
brianmcc (6099) 2014-09-11 11:23
this is a great picture and beautifully composed. the grey menacing tones in the sky are superb and very dramatic. they contrast well with the warmer tones of the grasses. i love the shape of the trees in the centre of the scene. this would look fantastic in the snow, with the branches of the trees against a blue sky and white foreground. But then there's probably not much chance of that happening too often!
mirosu (13340) 2014-11-26 5:54
Hello dear Lisa,
As I can see I've missed some of your excellent photographs (partly caused by my long journey).
I like this composition very much. The trees are very well places in the frame and the light is superb.
There is a splendid contrast with darker sky in background.
Very well done.
Greetings to Sydney,
Angshu (55407) 2014-12-02 2:17
The light is delicious and the row of naked trees standing against the grey sky. Thank you for the WS post...its something I have not seen before...Beautiful!