Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:06

Missed it by that much!

We came, we raced and we...came second by half-a-nose in a photo finish at the Innamincka Cup.

That's our jockey Timmy Norton in the green silks riding Gramps on the outside, pipped at the post by He's Archie ridden by veteran Port Augusta jockey Tereasa Hawkins.

Great ride Timmy.

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Monday, 24 August 2015 10:51

A horse called Gramps

Twenty-two mates, a horse called Gramps, a 1,200 kilometre journey and a dream.

That's pretty much the backstory to a campaign by me and 21 of my mates to win this weekend's Innamincka Cup.

We've bought a horse for $1,000, borrowed a horse float, and are now towing it 1,200kms from Adelaide to Innamincka for one of outback South Australia's great picnic race meetings.

It'll take us three days to get there and when we do our mate Timmy Norton (pictured above with Gramps), a former jockey, will don the silks for the first time in eight years and try to ride home a winner.

Read The Weekend Australian's story here

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Friday, 06 June 2014 13:51

Following the Old Ghan

Another month another trip to the outback.

This week I'm on the road with 15 mates, driving two ex-military Volvo trucks from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

We're following the Oodnadatta Track to its namesake, then branching off to follow the Old Ghan Railway through the desert to the Alice.

This shot was take at sunset on the big red sand dunes at Bundooma siding, north of Finke community, Northern Territory.

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Friday, 25 April 2014 12:46

Burke and Wills country

Bring on the heat. Great to be back out bush. This time outback Queensland and South Australia

Just drove from Cunnamulla to Innamincka and now spending a few days on Nappa Merrie Station, home of the famous Burke and Wills dig tree.

Shot this pic just before sunrise before the mustering team headed out for the day.

 

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:37

Interesting juxtaposition #1

Spotted this on Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

An unfortunate coincidence...

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Monday, 26 August 2013 07:43

Footy sheds

There are many ways remote and regional Australian communities show their passion. 

But there are few as conspicuous as the water tanks, sheds and grain silos that dot the rural landscape blazoned with the exploits of local football teams.

This shed stands on the highway just outside Snowtown, South Australia.

The Blyth Snowtown Cats made it four-in-a-row last year. 

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Sunday, 25 August 2013 07:25

Forgotten churches

It's common knowledge rural townships all over Australia are dying.

Farms get bigger, cropping becomes for mechanised and children head for the big smoke.

Little towns that once had a butcher, baker, general store, blacksmith, pub and church are now gone.

Often all that remains is the place of worship. Little churches dotted across the countryside, their worshipers long gone.

This little church is on a hill just west of Ceduna, South Australia.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013 07:14

Rainbow

A bit of rain around as we were heading into Yalata today, and then this.

Its not often you see a perfect rainbow.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013 12:27

Whale watchers

Dropped into Head of Bight this afternoon, just east of Nullarbor Roadhouse.

Southern Right Whale central this place. We counted 22 whales at one stage, all within view.

Highlight: a couple of mother whales teaching their calves to tail slap and breach about 300 metres from where we were standing. 

 

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Saturday, 24 August 2013 12:08

Nullus arbor

Reached the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain today.

This photo from near Nullarbor Roadhouse, South Australia, where there really is not a tree in sight. 

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