Halls Creek Rd is a part of the Heysen Trail. It runs not south and and it is where I often walk in the evening with the standard poodles. It offers protection from the strong, southern coastal winds and it has lovely afternoon light.
This picture was made in the late winter. There are fields where sheep and cattle graze on the western and eastern sides of the road. This, in effect, is a strip of roadside vegetation between farmland. A lot of the spaces on the Fleurieu Peninsula are like this. Most of the land has acquired capital value and has become a commodity. There is no Arcadian natural simplicity that stands in opposition to, and a compensation for, urban life in the postmodern city here. It is the landscape of white settlement.
It all looks quite different in late spring as the green grass has dried and it has become a golden brown. It would be a different photo in summer. Late spring, however, is not a good time to walk along back country roads, such as this one with the standard poodles. The dried grass seeds along the side of the road become caught up in the poodle's woolly coats and they are very difficult to get out. Miss one and they spiral their way into the body within 24 hours.
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