In August last year I ran two posts about a place called Nantawarrina. Its an Aboriginal Protection Area (IPA) in the northern Flinders Ranges.
This is Moro Gorge, a beautiful waterhole right in the heart of Nantawarrina. I found the photograph and several others from the area while going through old files.
Without going over the same ground again, clicking back to the two posts last year will explain about the IPA project. Just click here and here
I met these blokes about a day’s ride north of Maree, the jumping off town for the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks.
They were heading for Darwin….a long way to go.
The night before, wild dogs or dingoes around their camp had made them a little edgy. The dog were something they were going to have to get used to.
Water is featuring a lot in recent photographs. A trend likely to continue for a while.
Widespread rains over much of the Outback and the Flinders Ranges in the last week have caused problems for travellers, particularly on dirt roads.
Lots of creeks are impassable and there’s plenty of traps for the unwary.
Up to date information on roads and tracks is available by clicking here.
One of the more extraordinary things about Lake Eyre is the various shades the salt takes on.
White is the predominant but some areas have a pronounced pink hue, made more striking with the addition of water.
Rising water levels and recent rains add interesting patterns to the shore line, Lake Eyre north.
Believe it or not, this is a horse race meeting…but here’s a case of too much horsespower providing some trackside action between the main events.
Outback Race meetings struggled in recent times and in some cases died out but there’s a certain informality that’s hard to beat and still attracts crowds from far and wide.
To use an old Aussie expression – wouldn’t miss it for quids.
The Oodnadatta Track again. Rain water has ponded in front of one of the thousands of dunes along the track. It adds a lot to the afternoon scene.
Everywhere you look at the moment there is water. In the creeks, the clay pans, along the roads. The desert has been truly transformed.
Warreners Creek Oodnadatta Track.
In the last week yet another soaking for South Australia’s Outback.
So much water has fallen this winter that long term residents are confidently predicting the waters of Lake Eyre are likely to still be there well into next year.
Normally evaporation would be so severe that all the water in the Lake would disappear over summer.
A chance for even more people to see this fantastic occasion.
Above, the Warburton Groove feeding fresh water into the northern section of the vast Lake, which is now quite full.
Spring has brought wild winter weather, and with it plenty of lightning and thunder.
Photographing lightning in daylight hours is extremely difficult as opposed to storms at night.
A lot of luck and several dozen exposures were needed to catch this bolt in a fast approaching storm.
Taken at f22, ISO 100, 1/5 sec