Recently I spent a few days with my folks in the small country town of Beechwood, located inland on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It is a town surrounded by rolling hills, forests and bush tracks, cows and horses are a common sight as are wandering dogs and 4WDs, as a child many of my friends came from families living on dairy farms or they had brothers and fathers working at timber mills, but that is no more. Beechwood has become popular with young families and ‘city folk’ desiring a tree change, they move out into the country where a sense of community still exists and real estate is much cheaper. Once upon a time I knew everyone and they knew me, but that too has changed.
My time in Beechwood was husband and black dog free, the year has been an exhausting one, mentally and physically and I needed a break somewhere quiet, familiar and without any pressure to do anything. It is the perfect place for me to have a break, I always sleep soundly and eat well, plus there is always something comforting about being at home with my parents. Wherever I look there is nature, clear and sparkling night skies, elegant and tall gum trees, laughing kookaburras and wallabies dining on new green grass, of a morning I stalk birds in the yard and in the afternoon I wander through the paddocks enjoying the warmth of the sun.
I didn’t stray far when it came to taking photos of this place that I love, that would have required more energy than I wished to expend and I was happy sticking close to home. The horses were curious when they saw me approach, once they realised that there were no carrots or treats in my hands they turned their back on me and pretended that I didn’t exist, one of them didn’t even both to lift his head from eating, obviously the grass was too sweet and delicious to pay attention to the camera toting human. Wallabies and Kangaroos show up when there is less light, they feed at dawn and dusk so I was thrilled to make it out of bed early enough one morning to catch them enjoying the fresh pick in the back paddock. Farmers and those who live in the country consider Wallabies and Kangaroos to be pests, they destroy fences, eat all the grass and create havoc on roads in low light, but I love seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural environment.
It was an enjoyable break in the country, I returned home feeling a little refreshed, it would have been wonderful to stay longer and experience total rejuvenation, maybe next time…
Nice photos – hope your batteries are fully recharged after the break 🙂
Thank you, the break was a top up so I’m hoping to have a longer break and fully recharge in the not-too-distant future 🙂
It looks like a beautiful place to relax and recharge. Thanks for sharing!
It is a beautiful place, I do love being in the country 🙂
Looks just the place for recharging batteries, Sam. Love the kangeroo shots, and that wide open wing span of butterfly. Hope you’re feeling brighter. 🙂
Glad you like the pics Jo, it is nice to be able to see and photograph our native animals in their natural environment. I’m feeling a little refreshed, hoping to have a longer break soon even if it means staying home for a couple of weeks 🙂
Looks gorgeous. 🙂
Are you recharged? Bet the puppies were happy to see you on your return…
Thank you 🙂
Feeling slightly recharged, always nice to relax for a bit and yes, the puppies did go a bit crazy when I got home – lots of wriggling and licking 🙂
Beautiful Sam, your photos are always so clear and emotive. I. like you, grew up in the country, but the sight of kangaroos in the wild is something I’ll never tire of. Hope you’re feeling a little more relaxed now.
Thank you Kylie 🙂
Feeling a bit more relaxed but would really love a longer break, more time in the country is always good for my soul. Hope you and the fur kids have a lovely weekend.
you always take the most beautiful photos xx
Thank you Misaki, you are very sweet x
What a charming place for a little holiday! I feel refreshed too by your beautiful pictures and post – thanks Sam 🙂
It is a charming place Meg and I’m happy that someone else has been left feeling refreshed by my visit 🙂