country style

quaint

no paint

rust objects

abound

dewey grass

no city farce

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repurposing the humble beer can

You can even build a house if you drink enough beers at Lightning Ridge.

rusting relics at Lightning Ridge

here I sit on a mound of dust

take a photograph if you must

it’s a shame you have to see me this way

waiting, empty and rusting away

fifty years ago I was at my peak

now I am just old, useless and weak

praying for the big black opal find

An old church in the middle of the opal fields in Lightning Ridge.

places of residence at Lightning Ridge

A few of the dwellings and living quarters around Lightning Ridge.

escape to Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is in north western New South Wales, around 740kms from Sydney.  Its population is anyone’s guess, but perhaps around 2600.

It is a hot dry and dusty town in the summer and cooler, but still dusty in the winter.  It is a place of character, contrast and mystiqiue.  Black opals and the prospect of richness from the ground has lured many to the ‘Ridge over the years.

They even have their ‘how to vote’ in the current federal election signage out in the opal fields.

Dwellings are varied as is the transport.  The town boasts though one of the best aquatic centres any city would be proud of.  Just a  part of the character and contradiction of this town.

This is the first in several blogs on Lightning Ridge.  You certainly see another side of Australian life at the ‘Ridge.

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