One of the most noticeable effects of rainwater falling on the desert is the range of beautiful colours it generates.
It’s hard to appreciate it from the ground but from 8,500 feet (2,600 metres) over the Great Victoria Desert i’s a different matter.
Diffused light from a partly cloudy day is bringing out the best in the colours and textures.
As mentioned earlier, the rain fell in late February and early March but it has been rapidly evaporating so scenes like this are very fleeting.
Hanging out the back of a light aircraft at 8,500 feet over the Great Victoria Desert. No windscreens and no reflections to spoil the shot but very cold.
Worth the discomfort though!
Shot with the usual Canon 5D Mk 11 with a 28-300mm L series zoom lens attached at f9, 640th sec, ISO 100
The location is the side of Panacea Restaurant in Halifax Street, Adelaide.
The finished art work is a real standout.
Shot again with the Fuji X100 f11, 250th sec, ISO 400
Characters you see when you HAVE got a camera.
This is where my Fuji X100 camera really is handy. It’s small, unobtrusive and takes high quality pictures. I can take it everywhere.
Shot at f8, 1/850 sec ISO 400
Another one of the pictures taken over the Painted Hills on Anna Creek Station near Coober Pedy. With just two quick passes over the formation and failing light, I was lucky to get this small number of images that showed off the amazing colours.
I am sure better conditions and a little more time would bring even better results.
Here’s another image that captures the rich colours of the Anna Creek Painted Hills out near Coober Pedy in the far north of South Australia.
The Painted Hills began to form around 80 million years ago when this land had emerged from a receding sea.
Different minerals, some less soluble than others were more resistant to soil erosion, thus the mesas and other spectacular formations.
Those same minerals provide the beautiful colour we see today.
A familiar sight in the Flinders Ranges…..a wedge-tailed eagle soaring high over Jacks Camp Range on Depot Springs Station about 40 kilometres east of Leigh Creek.
One of the many photos I took for a magazine article about life on a sheep station in the northern Flinders Ranges.
I spent about two weeks taking the pictures for the story in the R.M. Williams magazine, ‘Best of Outback Stations’ which should be in newsagents in the coming week.
Shot on Depot Springs Station, east of Leigh Creek at the height of summer, I was able to follow Geoff and Di Mengersen and their family during the gruelling sheep muster, shearing and general station life.
The story shares too the hardships they have had to face in recent years at the hand of mother nature and the impact wild dogs are having on their flock.
Here Geoff Mengersen herds sheep at picturesque Jacks Camp bore.
Our love affair with mobile phones and all things I T – new style conversation around the dinner table.
Another of those beautiful little blooms that are currently gracing the hills and valley of the Flinders Ranges.