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Salvation or curse?

I find barbed wire fences almost as fascinating and photogenic as farmyard junk. Notice the blue weed beside the gate, it's known as Paterson's Curse and in other parts of Australia as Salvation Jane. Swathes of this purple-blue weed are flowering in fields at this time of year, beautiful to behold but a problem for the farmers.

By the way the sunny day in this photograph, taken a week or so ago, belies the fact that we are currently having prolonged dull grey days, intermittent rain and cold temperatures. The log fire is burning tonight.

Words to walk with:
From Field Notes from Mount Bakewell by John Kinsella
"Ground dyed blue by fallen
Paterson's Curse in the cold,
brilliantly purple. Heat sheds and takes
their colour."