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DINGO IN THE DARKNESS
Painting and story by Garry Purchase
This is another story that stems from my adventures with my dad in his truck around Australia.
I was around 19 or so and my dad asked me if I wanted to go to Perth for a drive. "I'm leaving in an hour!" He said.
I jumped at the chance and quickly stuffed a backpack with a few days worth of clothes. Driving from Sydney to Perth took roughly 4 days. There's so much stuff in between that you don't get to see and experience in an aeroplane.
As usual, Johnny Cash was blasting on the radio at a ridiculous volume and many stories were told by him.
As the conversation turned to rugby league. He said "Origin is on tonight!" We'd been driving for a couple of days and wanted to find somewhere to stop and watch the game. As dusk fell we pulled up in the little town of Nullarbor. It's in the middle of nowhere but anyway we found a pub, parked the truck out the front and went in, watched the game and being a young bloke I had a few beers. After the game finished we were about to go and sleep in the truck, until we stepped outside.
There was a bin between us and the truck an in the darkness I could see silhouettes and shadows moving. I walked closer and emerging from the dark under a streetlight there was a dingo and rummaging through the bin were about a dozen more. They stopped what they were doing and stared at us. The gaze of these creatures sizing us up from under the street light is an image that I'll never forget. I've seen heaps of dingos in various zoos, but being confronted in the way we were was both awesome and scary as hell.
They are a beautiful animal and not something a Sydney boy gets to see everyday.
Needless to say, we got a room in the pub and slept there instead.
© Garry Purchase 2017