A few of my favourite things..

My Country


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror —
The wide brown land for me!


Little of Australia’s landscape could ever be described as ‘pretty’, but I find a beauty in the harshness of the bush, and can’t go past trees with this array of texture.



12 responses

  1. Fee

    Oh I think that scene most definitely is beautiful. It almost looks like an oil painting. I love the poetry too Mrs BB. Just lovely. Fee x


    January 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  2. I have always admired your country’s landscapes. But then, I am from Texas, so they are familiar yet different. The trees are very interesting and the horse adds the perfect touch.


    January 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

  3. lovely πŸ™‚

    is that a wild horse?

    those trees are eucalyptus, right? :-/ (I think)
    we have them here, too.


    January 24, 2011 at 4:36 am

  4. I definitely think this is beautiful.
    I love the poem!


    January 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

  5. Fee, thanks, I have a new respect for NZ landscapes after my brief visit last year. They certainly come under the “pretty” heading!

    Burstmode, Michaela, thanks for your comments. I’ll have to educate myself on your state: when I think of Texas, I think of desert, steers, cowboy boots and western movies. Somehow, trees never figure in the picture!

    Vimal, Eucalyptus, yes, they are also called gum trees. They are native here, but introduced in many countries. The horse is not wild (though we do have wild horses in some parts). I think this one may have been a percheron or one of those larger breeds. Although it looks dwarfed in the scenery, it was a giant of a horse.


    January 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

  6. they are native here also πŸ˜›

    and the horse does look strong and sturdy


    January 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

  7. Whoa! Vimal, new haircut?! Very dramatic πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I have to confess now, that I didn’t outright believe you that your gums were native. (I know… such a doubting Thomas.) It just didn’t seem right that something that is so iconically Australian is not only native to Australia (and may I mention that it is Australia Day today? Everyone is feeling all patriotic here). But it seems there are 9 varieties that don’t occur in Australia.

    But don’t be feeling too much like I’ve conceded… because there are hundreds and hundreds of species of gum that don’t occur anywhere in the world but here. It’s a big relief. I’d feel plain silly next time I heard an Australian singing “Give me a home among the gum trees*”, if there were nothing unique about our having them. πŸ˜›

    So.. I’ll allow that we match. πŸ˜€

    But just a lil’ bit. πŸ˜‰

    * It’s the kind of song you hear mostly on days like today, after everyone’s had a few.


    January 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

  8. I’ll settle for “a lil’ bit” πŸ™‚
    It’s just that we have them almost everywhere.
    In the plains, the hills. Most of the places I’ve been to have them. Some whole forests of them. I don’t know which species they are, but they are all eucalyptus. And since I like the smell I always grab a leaf when I can and crush it, and keep sniffing. Weird I know. πŸ˜›

    The haircut’s been like that for at least two years now. πŸ™‚ Just that you notice the shaved off sides only when I tie up my hair. It’s more for manageability than style.

    the video seems very enthusiastic! πŸ˜€

    p.s. It’s our Republic Day today, but I’m not so patriotic. πŸ˜›

    Anyway, here’s a song, just for the heck of it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC-RFFIMXlA – there’s a translation there too if you want to understand the words. What I like most about the song is the Shehnai (if I’m not mistaken) playing in the background. It’s a wind double reed instrument. To diversity!


    January 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  9. It’s just that we have them almost everywhere.
    In the plains, the hills. Most of the places I’ve been to have them. Some whole forests of them. I don’t know which species they are, but they are all eucalyptus.

    no, no, no! Can’t be true. Vimal – you’re eroding my sense of cultural identity. 😯 Besides, all those glorious old ruins out your way would look.. funny with gum trees in the scenery! πŸ˜›

    And since I like the smell I always grab a leaf when I can and crush it, and keep sniffing. Weird I know.

    Not so weird. The oil is very popular here. Many cleaning products contain the oil both for cleaning properties, and for the scent. If you enjoy the eucalypts, then you would probably also enjoy lemon myrtle. Don’t tell me if you have those there. I will be disillusioned beyond recovery if you also have those. πŸ˜€

    Manageable hair – it’s a grave injustice that it’s only for men. (It’s summer, of course, and long hair is a burden. Wouldn’t dream of copying you, though πŸ˜‰ )

    Enthusiastic, yes. Most of the songs that everyone (here) thinks of as truly, typically, “Australian”, are… drinking songs, and are dragged out on Australia day, around the campfire, etc. To be delicate, I could perhaps call them (at a stretch) folk songs. In the video above, I think it was a memorial to Steve Irwin – a very okka kind of soul, so in every respect suitable for the occasion.

    Was the song you posted the kind of song most people in India would recognise? If so, your countrymen are (ahem!) clearly a little more moderate and genteel in their musical expression. πŸ™‚

    Republic day? That would have to be in memory of the day you ditched the Brits? (We’re not up to that yet πŸ˜‰ )

    To diversity… indeed! πŸ˜€


    January 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  10. fine! :-/
    I accept. It’s yours. πŸ˜›
    ha, ha, ha.
    Shouldn’t we be sharing the trees?
    lemon myrtle, doesn’t look that familiar. but the name sound familiar.
    Yes, the song I posted should be familiar, cause it’s from a very popular movie. Strangely, because of the Shehnai – I think – they play the song at weddings too.
    All though, there are more enthusiastic songs…
    Just that not many are my taste. Or too patriotic.
    I had some idea what the day meant in school. Just a holiday now. πŸ™‚


    January 27, 2011 at 4:30 am

  11. Beautiful shot highlighting the tree trunk texture.


    January 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

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