Photographer's Note

Driving from Melbourne to Mitta Mitta, 400km away in the north-east, I have often wished for a good late afternoon light when passing some old barns and fences near the towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah. This time I left later than usual, and a grey glary sky cleared nicely towards 7pm and I managed to find a place to park the car off the road, between Yackandandah and Kiewa. I took some shots of this old barn building, made of corrugated iron, but now falling slowly apart. The fence posts and barbed wire fence are also obviously old and in a state of disrepair that no self-respecing farmer would allow in a paddock that is used to graze cows. The original eucalyptus forest can still be seen at the top of the hill behind, but European trees were often planted to make wind-breaks. This area, like most of the south-east of the continent, is very dry, and likely to become even drier in the searing heat wave which is to come in the next week, with temperatures likely to exceed 40 celsius day after day, as they often do in the north of the state.

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