About a month after I got lost in the dark, I picked up my new camera. So one of the first places I wanted to test it out was back over in that paddock.
Just as well I have a good sense of direction. I retraced my steps, following my nose and the fences.
I came across the majestic spreading gum trees again and the jumble of farm machinery. And then there was that beauty of a farm truck!
With more light this time I could see it was a ‘paddock basher’* with an extra spotlight on the front. A great old, solid work-horse! It maybe wouldn’t go very fast but it would go anywhere, I’d say.
Just about every farm has one. For my in-laws it’s a faded yellow Datsun 1500 mini-ute, with column shift. Tough as nails and just keeps going and going and going…
I was so interested in the truck and the tangled pile of rusted cultivators and dropped tree branches that I didn’t even notice the beautiful backdrop(!) … until I got back home.
It’s a pretty stunning view from up there. So I’ll have to go back again and show you. ♦
* ‘paddock basher’ – a rough vehicle, probably not registered. It might be used for heavy work around a farm or used for joy-riding around the paddocks.
‘One Shot Wonders’ series
Photo taken 24 August 2013