Monday, 2 December 2019

Mural at Barraba, NSW

The Mural below at Barraba NSW was done by Fintan Magee who's art is to admired. There is also another link to Fintan's work here
Andrew often does a Mural Monday, here.

Finan says, "Mural depicts a local water diviner searching for ground water, using a y-shaped twig or rod or two L-shaped ones.  Diviners study the landscape of a farm and walk over aras where they suspect the water may be located, ground minerals and magnetic forces force the sticks to cross or be pushed downwards when water is located.  Despite many studies claiming the technique is pseudo-science.  Diviners continue to be used throughout Australia as way of finding ground water."
Taken from Finan Magee Facebooks page.

After taking the photo we continued up the road toward Warialda, NSW stopping a few klm from the nights stop to have a walk about as one does get a bit stiff sitting for a fair while.
The photos are taken of the rest stop showing how dry the area is.
Even cacti will survive though sometimes, we did however see many of them dying.








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    1. It is, many silos have been painted with Australian themes in certain areas of Australia.

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  2. I like the mural!!
    It hasn't rained for a long while...

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  3. The tree murals make those towers look far more agreeable.

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    1. Many silos in certain areas of Australia that are not being used, so a lot of them are being painted with various Australian themes.

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  4. Great to see the murals on the silos; very well done. The drought is equally distressing.

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    1. The town folk thought the painting of the murals would bring people into the town when they stopped to look and then purchase something..

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  5. Love the silo murals.
    But oh, the on-going drought is a shocker.

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    1. Drought, just dreadful but it will rain eventually where it's supposed to rain, then there will be floods - that's Australia.

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  6. The murals look great on the silos. The drought is terrible.

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    1. It is a pleasing that mural. I read about the man with the sticks, rather interesting I thought as I wasn't aware what they were used for.
      Shocking drought.

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  7. Wonderful mural.
    From the photos we can see that this area is really very dry.
    Hugs and all the best
    Maria

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    1. 'Tis a lovely mural Maria.
      Yes, very dry but drier in other places, hard to believe.

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  8. Me gustan todas, pero la primera con los dibujos en los depositos, genial.
    Un abrazo.

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  9. Very nice silo art depicting a fantasy. It is obvious how a fire would just so easily flare up with everything so dry.

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    1. The grass on the side of the highway was very high in most areas, one match and it would be off with flames..

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  10. How times have changed - once those silos were a bee-hive of activity.
    Now just reminders of a wonderful past. At least someone had the imagination to
    muralise (my new word??) them.
    It is pretty bloody dry when even the cacti are dying.
    Those photos of the land are just so distressing - and worse still what attempts are being made by governments with their heads in that depleted ground doing about it?
    So pleased Margaret that you are showing what it was like in July/August when you set out on this annual odyssey - it would be more distressing now 3 months later with still no worthwhile, if, any rain ?????????
    Colin

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    1. Unbelievable to see the cacti dying, at first we thought someone has sprayed them, upon further inspection too many to spray and way back in areas off the road they were all dying.
      Water is being carted to stations at $750 per trip and the water if for the house only, not to water the cattle.
      It was ever so dusty in July and August on the way up north, some areas just no grass at all.
      It will rain Colin one day, as it always does in Australia then there will be floods - it's a cycle, have seen it before. and I'm sure you have.
      Recalling a few years back citrus growers were pulling their trees out due to no rain, then there was a flood.

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  11. Queda muy bien ese mural, en esos cilindros de la edificación.

    Besos

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  12. Me han encantado los dibujos en los silos. Besitos y feliz diciembre.

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  13. I've not seen prickly pears for many a long year! I thought they'd been eradicated...or almost eradicated, anyway.

    We had two lovely rain=bearing storms over the weekend...how wonderful it was to hear the rain on the roof. More, please!

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    1. Plenty of prickly cacti but as mentioned all dying along the highway..
      Let's hope it rains in all the needed areas Lee...yes, it is great to hear the rain.

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  14. search for water story sounds touching to me dear Margaret
    loved the mural ,thank you for sharing it :)

    cacti are common here too ,shortage of water can effect such tough plant either

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    1. Cacti are an amazing plant, they hold water yet they dry from the lack of it.

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  15. Super pictures! The murals reminded me of a movie, the name of which escapes me, with Mel Gibson--- Australia, divining, war...

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  16. The silo art is great and we would like to do the silo art trail next year. Water diving is an art in itself and my father was able to find water when he was on the land. When we were in Qld on our outback trip everywhere was so dry it was quite distressing to see and all we could do was spend some money in the towns we visited.

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    1. We haven't done the silo trail it's always a bit cold down that way but that's ok I guess. We went past Rochester on the way home in October and forgot to seek out the murals there..
      The dry land is very distressing especially when you see the animals having no food as you drive along, the farmers having water carted to their houses for household use. We stayed in many country towns and spent to help too.

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  17. I love it when people also decorated there mail boxes

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    1. Plenty of pretty or manly mail boxed around Dora, unfortunately we are usually travelling too quickly to stop and take them - they are there, then they are gone :)

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