Tag Archives: Outback

Friday’s Feathers; Spinifex Pigeon

One of the crested pigeons, the Spinifex pigeon has adapted to the general red colour of the desert and so makes it that little bit harder for the hawks and falcons.

They are very nervous birds and they do a lot of running along the ground. When they fly, it is for short, up to 100 metres, distances. They flap noisily to take off and then glide with stiff wings outstretched. These flights are fast and low.

That red eye patch makes them look quite fierce.



Sky Watch Friday

Here in the desert, heat is a way of life.

We are always aware of the temperature. Yesterday was a little cooler, it maxed out at about 41C.

Yet around midday our very dry lake looked to be full of water.

In fact it was full of sky. The biggest mirage I have ever seen on the lake.

The shimmer from the heat haze has blurred everything in the distance.


Odd Shot #18; Out Of My Way!

Out of the mirages and heat hazes of Outback Australia equipment for the mining industry can suddenly appear.

BIG equipment.

The sort of big where you don’t even try to share the road.

The sort of big which would appear odd to many city dwellers.

Drop on over to Katney’s Kaboodle to see more of us odd oddshotters.

Camera Critters #10; Donkeys

My apologies to all who have tried to view this before now – somehow I managed to empty this post before storing it. I put it down to utter stupidity, sheer carelessness and an attack of Daddy Papersurferitis.

Anyways, these are donkeys, as if you hadn’t noticed, and they are just one more of the introduced species which compete with the native wild life in the fragile landscape of Australia’s outback. Along with sheep, cattle and horses, donkeys have hard hooves which damage the vegetation and the topsoil. Australia’s marsupials all have soft feet.

This little family had decided they owned the road and so I had to stop and wait for them to move over.

Camera Critters #8; Thorny Devil

He sure looks scary. All those spikes and thorns.

Although they are quite sharp to touch, the base of the spikes just push into his skin and the pointy ends don’t go into yours.

They sit in the middle of open spaces such as gravel roads to gather warmth and get quite defensive if their space is invaded – even if it is a large 4×4 which does the invading.

Approaching them on foot will cause them to rear up in mock attack and they only run, at the last moment, for just a couple of yards. Then you can scoop them up and show them off.

The colours seem to vary with the area, or maybe they change colours a little. I have never seen two which look exactly alike.

It is very nice if you return this scary critter to a safe place when you have finished admiring him.

Photo Hunt #115; Water

The outback of Australia is normally dry.  Very dry!

April 2006 was near the end of the “Wet” and the Shaw River was becoming shallower.

We were unsure of the condition of the road surface beneath the water and I wanted some photographs. So I went through first.

Very cautiously.

Then I set up and watched the rest of the convoy come through.

It wasn’t really deep but the flow was definitely dragging the wheels downstream. I was standing in the water and even at ankle depth there was power in the water.

And so we all got through – and as the lead car reached shallower water, the driver speeded up, successfully splashing me!

I was able to shield the camera.

Strange, Very Strange

I set out to take a photo of an attractive coastal/desert type of flower.

Its “webbed” petals and delicate veins along with the colour made it quite attractive.

The dusty grey-green foliage wasn’t bad, either so I pulled back for another shot.

It wasn’t until I downloaded the image that I realised I may have found something else as well.

Or is it just a trick of the perspective?

The human eye insists on creating patterns and my eyes are sure trying to make this into a weirdly camouflaged alien bug.

This could be the stuff of nightmares.

It may be one of those mysteries which is never resolved.