Country Piano, Dirranbandi, Queensland

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Comments (6)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on January 5, 2008

Ian, I love your series of aerial photos! They look fantastic. Were you on a plane or helicopter?

Greetings, May

Ian Stehbens on January 5, 2008

May, the thousands of kms of flat terrain is something different for a Swissmay! And it gives some very different patterns and scales. The majesty of this landscape is not in the relief but in the vastness. A friend at St George had a few hours available to take me and my son-in-law aloft in his Cessna. A Cessna is the ideal way to do photography for you can choose your route and altitude and let the pilot take care of the rest, while the camera works overtime! Gliders, balloons and ultralites are fun too but there are other things one must pay attention "Where are we going to land?" By the way, my son-in-law is not only a photographer too, but a competent tractor driver and he repaid the pilot (who is a farmer) by giving him a day last week driving the tractor cultivating for him. So I am grateful to Michael, the tractor driver, and to Peter, the pilot.

Ian Stehbens on January 5, 2008

This pattern needs an explanation! This is a shot of the holding yard of the Dirranbandi Cotton Gin. The red soil plain is the background colour. The white is quarried gravel that has been placed as foundation surface on which huge modules of compressed raw cotton are temporarily stored awaiting ginning. [The cotton gin removes the seed and any leaf from the raw cotton prior to it being sent for spinning overseas or elsewhere in Australia.] The white areas are referred to as pads. Each module of raw cotton fills the back of one semi-trailer truck. It would measure about 8M long x 2.5M wide x 3M high. Each of the set of 5 white pads would store 100 of these modules. As there had been some good rain a couple of weeks prior to the photograph there was plenty of green to add to the colour.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on January 6, 2008

Thank you Ian! I guess, it must be an experience to fly over such a vast flat terrain and you will have to fly to get an aerial view, whereas Swissheidi can climb the next hill or mountain to get some overview on the valleys and layers of hills and mountains ;) I didn't know, you grew cotton in Australia as well. It's great to learn from each other. :) Greetings, May

Hazel Coetzee on December 17, 2009

I am so glad to see these photo's that I missed out on last year, Ian!!

This one should prove interesting to Trikermike and Amelia - I am wondering what Scottish Clan would claim this lovely pattern for their kilts?

Any ideas, Amelia - Mike? It certainly looks tartan to me, but then I'm not from beautiful Scotland, so I'd better convert it into a lovely African beading design where each colour bead has a different meaning!! ((o;

Warm wishes, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on December 19, 2009

Dear Hazel,

You are right at home in the cockpit with me. I am not sure that this measures up to the quality of scottish tartan for a number of reasons:

  1. This is cotton not wool,

  2. This is the design of a pianist not a piper,

  3. This is out on the plains not in the highlands,

  4. This is the traditional land of the Murris not the Murrays,

  5. This is a bit untidy compared with the precision of tartan,

So I am going to suggest it is best viewed n monochrome hence we would have to call this a Murri Black & White Rag.

(with apologies to the late Winifred Atwell)

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