Today I am going back in my photographic memories to a camel race I had the pleasure to watch in Winton in the Australian outback. No fashion on the track competitions here, no high heel shoes and fancy hats. Nearly all the hats were Akubras worn by the men, and some of the women, and the clothes of choice were jeans and shirts.
The sun radiated down from a brilliant blue sky, it was dusty and hot, but the atmosphere was happy and excited.
It is a fast and furious sport the jockeys have very little control over their camels, notice in the photos they do not have reins to steer or even stop their mounts, it is just hang on and hope for the best. Surprisingly only one jockey fell off.
It was an entertaining day, something quite different and unique to the Australian outback. The word challenge from Sue this week was “figure” and it made me think of all the interesting figures and characters I saw at the Winton camel races.
A lovely trip down memory lane for me.
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