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Beyond the Black Stump…

by on Oct.20, 2016, under Life, Photography

Coolah is one of several towns to claim bragging rights as the home of the legendary “Black Stump”. It was here that the colloquial saying “Beyond the Black Stump” is said to have originated. This is the name for an imaginary point beyond which the country is considered remote or uncivilised. Therefore an abstract marker of the limits of established settlement.

Green Scape

Green Scape

FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 167

Coolah’s claim is supported by a document showing land boundaries declared by Governor Darling in 1826. This boundary line passes through the centre of a property known as “Black Stump Run”.

In 1905, a fire engulfed the Black Stump Wine Saloon which was the said to be the location of the original black stump. Today, a rest area and replica stump mark the historic location.

Continuing my daughters learner driving experience we headed out to the grandparents second property. It’s out along the appropriately named Black Stump Highway past said Black Stump rest area.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

On the way back we noticed a few places which we might be able to take some images. Thankfully it had also briefly stopped raining. The below image is the BTS (Behind the Scenes) for the abstract aerial which leads this post. It’s amazing how something as simple as a patch of farming land can look when appropriately composed and viewed from above.


FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/120 sec at f/2.8, ISO 185

Not far from the above we also found this lovely little dirt road heading off into the distance under this row/canopy of trees. I was actually planning to shoot this from above with the drone, with the lovely lush green fields to either side. Unfortunately by the time we arrived here it was raining. This shot with the trusty D-SLR at ground level will have to do. The water resistant D750 is significantly more robust in these conditions than the somewhat exposed electronics of the drone :).

Country Road

Country Road

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 160 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 1100

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