Harvest time (and Hamley Bridge)

Hamley bridge

I was up at Auburn today, and driving back particularly noticed that wheat is being harvested. Big machines reaping in twilight paddocks, the dust like mist across valleys. It is very beautiful at this time of year. The light can be harsh, it is so strong, but the brown dirt softens it. The gold is dusty, and evenings in particular, with their long shadows, and tonight a gorgeous orange sunset, are restoring. I am reminded of going up to Auburn on the (Broken Hill) train, before I got my driver’s licence. It was a great trip, through Gawler, Roseworthy, Hamley Bridge, Tarlee and to Riverton, and then the bus from there which stopped at Auburn railway station on the way to Jamestown. Chugging along on the train through wheat fields, and in particular going over the river into Hamley Bridge was just beautiful as the sun went down. Of course there is no train now, and I don’t know many/any people who remember that trip – but I have tracked down a photo (above) of the railway bridge at Hamley from the net that gives a little hint of what it was like.

And there is wheat ready to harvest at the top of the road in Auburn – I took some photos a couple of weeks ago…

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