Brown

Ailsa from wheresmybackback challenges us to find photos of things evoking the colour brown. Check out her photos of bog brown water and a ginger brown castle.

Here in Canberra there’s a large written sculpture on a hill in the new Arboretum, a special place planted with masses of trees to replace all those that burnt in destructive fires ten years ago.  The words ‘wide brown land’ come from a poem by Dorothea Mackellar published in 1908: Core of my heart.

Sculpture, Arboretum, Canberra

Sculpture, Arboretum, Canberra

Unfortunately, while the Arboretum is a promise that this land and its people can recover from fire, the threat is always with us.  There are massive fires burning right now, closer to the coast.  And the burnt trees, the pall of smoke, the tumbled bricks of houses – 192 homes destroyed so far – evoke the colour brown, once the fires are under control.  The photo below is from the Daily Telegraph web site:

Firefighters keep watch at Buena Vista Rd, Winmalee, in the Blue Mountains.

Firefighters keep watch at Buena Vista Rd, Winmalee, in the Blue Mountains. Source: News Limited

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  1. Pingback: Travel theme: Brown | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

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