Picture Challenge #9

I guess we all have those days occasionally when the whole world seems a bit beige, and we can’t quite work out why we should even get out of bed. Eventually we make the effort, but then just sit around staring into space.

Sooner or later some cheerful Charlie comes along, and attempts to open a conversation by asking, “Mornin’ Sunshine! What’re you so cheerful about?”

I suspect the chap in the picture is in that sort of space. Clearly he doesn’t want to be touched. You’re invited to submit a short account of why you think he’s feeling that way (using the Comment option below). Is it something to do with global warming, or a feeling of impending doom as he anticipates Tony Abbott’s response to the Federal budget, or just a sense of bewilderment as he realises that his genitals have entirely disappeared overnight? Or maybe all of the above. And if you can also tell us where the picture was taken, that’s even better.


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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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4 Responses to Picture Challenge #9

  1. Anne says:

    No idea where he is, but I think you’ve got it wrong! He’s obviously elderly, note the walking stick, but I think he’s perfectly happily observing the world passing by. I imagine he waits for some unsuspecting whipper-snapper to sit down, so he may regale them with tales of humping his bluey during the Depression, surviving on “underground mutton” and a bit of damper. Or perhaps he has stories of his time on the Western Front when he had leave and visited Ypres and marveled at the Cathedral and the pretty Belgian girls.

  2. Joy Pawelski says:

    So – what’s the story?

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Yes, Joy, it’s about time I explained this picture. (I’ve been away in the Outback, and am able to confirm that as of about two weeks ago, this old chap was still sitting there patiently.)

      The picture was taken in the Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, nine kms out of Broken Hill. It’s adjacent to “Sculptures in the Desert”, 12 large sandstone sculptures installed on top of a hill, which has become a popular tourist destination, particularly at sunset. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqs7LRh9cbI .

      The Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is a fenced area of 180 hectares, with a walking track of about two kms, displaying a variety of aboriginal cultural items, plus many interesting plants and animals. (In spring, you’ll very likely see Sturt’s Desert Pea there in profusion.) The old man on the bench doesn’t quite fit any of these categories, but you can have your picture taken sitting next to him, and whisper a few words of encouragement in his ear.

      There’s a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the area.

  3. Anne says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been to the Sculptures, (so close to the old man) when we had a Basketry Conference at Silverton. It was sooooo hot! I stayed in one of the air-con cabins (with ensuite) behind the pub, and had a terrific time. The next National Basketry Gathering is in March in Canberra to coincide with our Nation’s Capital’s Centenary.

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