As soon as I saw Kara Rosen­lund’s im­age of a kan­ga­roo with her joey on a beach, I was struck by how beau­ti­ful — and how Aus­tralian — it was.

Country Style - - A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - En­joy the is­sue. Vic­to­ria Carey

And how apt a cover it was for this is­sue, where the coun­try meets the coast on our pages. From the in­land, where ABC TV’S Back Roads pre­sen­ter Heather Ewart has writ­ten an ex­clu­sive story on White Cliffffs for Coun­try Style, to our pick of the best coastal hol­i­day spots. But back to the cover. Shot on an iso­lated beach in Yu­ray­gir Na­tional Park, near Yamba in NSW, Kara was pack­ing up her camp site when she saw the pair. “The sum­mer rain was start­ing to fall lightly on the sand and they stopped for a mo­ment to stare at me. I slowly inched closer and closer, and as soon as I pressed the but­ton and cap­tured this frame, they were gone, bounc­ing up the beach. Th­ese sort of mo­ments are the ones that never leave you, the ones that give you goose­bumps,” ex­plains this tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher. Pho­tog­ra­phers like Kara have spent years de­vel­op­ing their art and make it look easy — which it de­fifinitely isn’t. An­other story in this is­sue that re­quired per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion is on page 28. When writer Claire Mac­tag­gart told pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Wee about a drov­ing trip she was plan­ning, she wasn’t sur­prised when he offf­fered to come along. “There was the small mat­ter of him not hav­ing rid­den a horse be­fore, but I knew that wouldn’t stop Michael. He spent the day be­fore get­ting ac­quainted with Frank, a quiet stock­horse, and I showed him the ba­sics of horserid­ing. Over the next two days, Michael rode with us, all the while mov­ing around the mob to cap­ture the best shots. We were all very im­pressed!” Our short story com­pe­ti­tion is on again — this year’s theme is ‘light’ — and I look for­ward to read­ing all your en­tries.

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