Silverton: Emu Beetle

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Ian Stehbens on April 22, 2009

Camouflage that comes in emu design is quite novel, perhaps JF, but when in the Australian Outback where better to hide than in a flock of emus - provided you have legs and can run!


pedrocut on April 22, 2009


Your mention of the journey to Halifax prompted me to take a trip from Adelaide to Broken Hill on Google Earth.

It is amazing to see so many pictures of the Barrier Highway with not a single car in sight. I think it would be a great experience, although somewhat spooky, for someone who is used to nose to tail traffic to drive it. I can’t really imagine the solitude you would feel at night!

Regards, Peter

*goran on April 22, 2009

Amazing photo, even the sky looks so hot! Greetings! Goran

Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2009

The sky can be so clear and the light so intense that it makes landscape photography a real challenge and a joy when it works well. Thanks Goran.

And Peter,

I am glad that you do the crazy things that I do with GE. I love exploring using GE. When driving the Barrier Hwy at night, especially in the early evening or early morning one must be very alert for there can be much cross traffic - as roos bound from the darkness into your headlights!


Peterbnz on August 2, 2011

Hi Ian & Peter, yes it is stange, the road is so long, and yet there are only a few cars and trucks (more of them than the little vehicles!)

But years ago, my son took a drive from Port Augusta, where we lived for about 15 years, northwards up towards and past Woomera.

The cars were as thick as they would be during rush hour traffic in* Adelaide* or Melbourne* or *Syds...

All going northwards to catch a brief 10 minute bit of dark, in the middle of the day.

A Solar elipse, that cast a shadow all away cross the whole of Australia, just a few hundred metres wide.

Thousands of people drove all the up from Adelaide, just to see that brief bit of lack of sunlight - a period where you could see the stars in the middle of the day...!

That many people that the police set the speed limit at something like 80kph instead of the normal 110kph.

And NO TRUCKS on the roads for almost 24 hours.

Kelly and Kathy said it was so strange, to one minute see the sun, then a few minutes later, the stars 'popped out'.... Aweson!!

NEVER EVER has that road been so full of traffic - all going the same direction.

I missed it due to being back in NZ at the time, but oh well, I did see Mr Haley's Comet years ago, in the bloody freezing cold night air!! From Stirling North too!

Cheers, Peter.

Ian Stehbens on August 4, 2011

Thanks very much Peter for this most interesting and descriptive anecdote. It is written so well that it seemed like you were there in the traffic and there when the stars began to shine.

I really appreciate the adding of such cooments to my photos. Thanks.


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