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Apr 6, 2017

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback

May McKeown has lived alone on her 6000-acre farm in remote Australia for most of the last 15 years.

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown opens a gate as she prepares to hand-feed her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown stands at the main gates at sunset of her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown hand-feeds her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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A track can be seen in a paddock on May McKeown's 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown shuts a gate on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown watches the sunset on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown rests in a chair out front of her homestead on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown is reflected in a mirror on her truck as she shuts a gate on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown's hat sits on a chair in her homestead on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown opens a gate as she prepares to hand-feed her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown drives her truck in a paddock as she prepares to hand-feed her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown sits at a table reading her poetry in her homestead on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown prepares to unload a bail of hay from her truck as she hand-feeds cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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Heat haze can be seen in a paddock on May McKeown's 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown watches the sunset on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown drags a metal grate as she prepares to hand-feed her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown drives her truck in a paddock on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown drives her truck in a paddock as she prepares to hand-feed her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown jumps onto the back of her truck as she hand-feeds her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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A book of poetry by May McKeown sits next to a poetry book by Australian poet Banjo Patterson on a table in May's homestead on her 6000 acre property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown rolls a bail of hay off her truck as she hand-feeds her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown rolls a bail of hay off her truck as she hand-feeds her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown looks up at the stars as she stands in the front yard of her homestead on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown inspects an old Sydney tram that her father used to store grain, on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Solitary life in Australia’s Outback
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May McKeown rolls a bail of hay off her truck as she hand-feeds her cattle on her 6000 acre (2400 hectare) property of 'Long View' near the town of Come-by-Chance, located over 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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