Dorothea Mackellar Inspired: Weekly Photo Challenge



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The love of field and coppice,

Of green and shaded lanes.

31 gardens villa Tarranto 1

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Of ordered woods and gardens

Is running in your veins,

Strong love of grey-blue distance


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Brown streams and soft dim skies

I know but cannot share it,

My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,


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A land of sweeping plains,

Mundi Mundi plains

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Of ragged mountain ranges,


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Of droughts and flooding rains.


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I love her far horizons,


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I love her jewel-sea,


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Her beauty and her terror –


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The wide brown land for me!


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For Dorothea Mackellar’s full poem please hit the link on My Country. In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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25 Responses to Dorothea Mackellar Inspired: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. nivs24 says:

    What lovely captures. Each with its own mood and beauty. Lovely. Is that a real snake?


  2. Amazing photos of our beautiful home, Australia. An excellent tribute.

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  3. Christina B says:

    Beautiful and apt photos. I love that poem.

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  4. Miriam says:

    Beautiful imagery. Perfect for the theme.

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  5. Great matching of imagery to verse! I always enjoy your vivid pictures.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Fabulous tribute, although the terror lurking is a bit terrifying!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. 💕

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  8. macmsue says:

    I remember learning that poem at Primary School but have absolutely no recollection of the first verse. I loved your compilation.

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  10. Norah says:

    Your photographs reflect the intent of the poem beautifully, Irene. I always loved that poem.

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  11. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I remember chanting that in primary school (I think the whole country chanted it in primary school) but it’s only now that I really appreciate the soul of it.

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