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Jun 19, 2019 08:50:59   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
 
It was a wonderful, although a very quick turn around trip Adelaide/Brisbane/Adelaide arriving home on Sunday. I would repeat it again in a heart beat though, given the opportunity..but other challenges have presented themselves today...healthwise..so it is time to bite the bullet yet again!

Our Australian country and its dry inland, is staggeringly beautiful! The reds, greens (so many different coloured greens) the ochres and greys, the brilliant flocks of red rumps and the breath taking beauty of a a brown and gold Wedge tailed Eagle dropping in to dine for weeks to come, on recent "road kill"! I captured it all by stopping constantly across this desolate Continent known to the World as the Land Downunder! Hope you enjoy some photos, other than the oft presented photos, of the blue oceans that surround my Island, but also she is a Continent in itself!
Such a huge distance covered in 12 days
Such a huge distance covered in 12 days...
One of the many hay trucks carrying food for starving animals in the drought. They come from the west across the barren Nullabor to the east and from the South (Victoria) up through NSW to Qld!
One of the many hay trucks carrying food for starv...
Heavy thundery clouds, but very little precious rains fall across the hundreds of miles of the Hay Plains
Heavy thundery clouds, but very little precious ra...
Such vast distances over flat almost treeless plains I had already travelled towards home over 1200kms in 2 days. Yet more than 600kms still to go today!
Such vast distances over flat almost treeless plai...
A beautiful photo of the dry stony desolate Mallee, where drought prevails and sheep are dying for want of water!
A beautiful photo of the dry stony desolate Mallee...
Can you see the massive Wedge tail eagle mid 2/3rds up in the photo on the limb? It had landed in the distance like a slow lumbering DC3 plane for its meal for the next week.
Can you see the massive Wedge tail eagle mid 2/3rd...
And here is his meal for the next week, a recent roo killed by traffic overnight.
And here is his meal for the next week, a recent r...
One of several vehicle/write offs after chance encounters with Kangaroos across the Hay Plains!
One of several vehicle/write offs after chance enc...
Ravensthorpe Cotton plantation and its adjacent factory in the middle of the Hay Plains. We grow the cotton, export it to China and they sell it back to us! Madness!
Ravensthorpe Cotton plantation and its adjacent fa...
The gorgeous colours of a red barren country, where rain is non existant, and grass is green from the run off, only from a few tiny mls of rain that runs from the roads. Farmers now crop salt bush as far as the eye can see!.
The gorgeous colours  of a red barren country, whe...
 
Jun 19, 2019 08:59:31   #
steph61
 
Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful country! Very nice.
I was especially intrigued by the abandoned vehicle that was hit by a kangaroo.
The vehicles are just abandoned by the side of the road? We have vehicles run in with deer and moose here,
But you can’t leave the vehicles by the road. Just curious.
Jun 19, 2019 09:05:21   #
tortie (a regular here)
 
A very different view as you said of our wonderful island. 🐢
Jun 19, 2019 09:06:53   #
crafterwantabe (a regular here)
 
Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures .... wishing you the best with your health issues....
Jun 19, 2019 09:17:43   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
 
Thanks Steph , it is pretty awesome and utterly staggering, to be standing in the middle of no where, watching clouds appearing to be sliced through in half, by a bread knife horizontally and listening to thunder, but the promised rain just doesn't fall. The sheep which don't need to be shorn called Dorpers,,,but the fleece just falls off them. May be good in some respects but the black wool contaminates that of the fine Merinos which my cousins breed and it vastly lowers the value of the fleece, so they are a menace also. Attached some photos of them and of cattle grazing along the side of the roads in their hundreds, herded by kelpies, blue heehers and Jillaroos on horse back and men on quad bikes..an absolutley take your breath away experience!


steph61 wrote:
Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful country! Very nice.
The black faced Dorpers which shed their fleece and don't require shearing at all
The black faced Dorpers which shed their fleece an...
A Bdouble ploughs on through the grazing herd of cattle!
A Bdouble ploughs on through the grazing herd of c...
Rolling menacing clouds, but not a drop of rain fell!
Rolling menacing clouds, but not a drop of rain fe...
Jun 19, 2019 09:21:37   #
ditchwitch
 
What a trip you had! Thank you for taking us along for a bit of it! Your photos and comments brought back some wonderful memories, as I was fortunate enough to spend a couple weeks in your amazing country 10 years ago, the trip of a lifetime.
 
Jun 19, 2019 09:30:15   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
 
Yes they are generally abandoned and pose no risk of damaging oncoming traffic! Most are rolled and are well off the highway as you can see from this photo. I saw entire mobs of kangaroos along the edges of the road..they are what cause the damage to oncoming traffic and to hit one of them laying dead on the road is like hitting a tree! But constant heavy Bdoubles traffic going over them soon sorts that out! The roos come in mobs to eat the very new green grass along the sides of the roads and then panic into oncoming traffic and get killed. Some vehicles might get towed but generally if they are a write off they are not retrieved immediately. You see this car here, did not have a bull bar/roo bar on the front, which deflects the bodies, limiting the damage to the vehicle. In the event of a death then the police tape is around the cars so only the Police can remove them I was told,, because I asked about "why the difference with one car having police tape and others not?" And that was the answer I was given.



steph61 wrote:
Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful country! Very nice.
I was especially intrigued by the abandoned vehicle that was hit by a kangaroo.
The vehicles are just abandoned by the side of the road? We have vehicles run in with deer and moose here,
But you can’t leave the vehicles by the road. Just curious.
Jun 19, 2019 09:50:02   #
youngie (a regular here)
 
Great pictures Christine, good to hear you arrived home safely.
Jun 19, 2019 17:57:26   #
Nanknit
 
Hi Christine, I’m glad to hear that you have returned home safely. You sure did clock up the kms in those 12 days away. I hope things are going well for your daughters and that life is settling down for all of you. Best wishes.......Jen.
Jun 19, 2019 20:48:42   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
 
So happy that you enjoyed riding "shot gun" with me! I was driving in absolute awe of how utterly beautiful Australia is, so far inland, the colours are even more stunning. The sky was constantly changing from teal green, to aqua and dark greys/black and wonderful pinks. God paints colours that we cannot even get close to emulating for our wonderful yarns, which we so enjoy.

The mornings were CRISP..ICE on the car windows and I see that Mildura on the river, is 0 degrees Centigrade this morning, yet further inland it was -4 degrees last week, where I awoke. I love this changing palette of colours that Australia is.

The coasts are lovely too, but the true Australia, is the indominatable spirit of the struggling farming communities, who are doing life hard on a daily basis, from the young to the aged, who have grown up with nothing but hope for a crop next year that will not fail. Not having to shoot their stock because they have no feed for them. The farmers are the hope and the back bone of everyone else in Australia, who takes for granted that there will be food on their tables each day.

The suicide rate for these farmers is very high..they have lost all hope and the Banks are repossessing the Land from them, which they inherited from their father's grand father's and great grand fathers! The shame of losing their properties, which are under huge debt, brings extremely tough blokes to their knees. These thoughts are not appreciated or acknowledged by the majority of Australians who gayly go about their leisure and self focused activities, choosing to ignore the plight of these big blokes of the bush!

Anyway how do I know that this next photo is the Murrumbidgee River behind the trees? Because the lingering frost and mists snake along it, hovering over the top of it as it meanders towards joining the Mighty Murray River, which empties into the lower lakes of South Australia.

Even here near Balranald, the river feeds in millions of litres, of the precious water to irrigate cotton plantations covering 100's of miles. Water, which sheep and cattle who feed the country, are dying and being shot by the pastoralists who cannot maintain them any more!

I wish that every single person in Australia, could take a trip into the outback, wake up and realise their shops, cafes, fish and chips meals etc etc do not come cheaply and are non existent for the true Aussie, the farmer, who can only dream of ever even having one single holiday, away from their farms.

I had a meal in a pub in Hay on Saturday night..the complete town booked out for the Annual Wool and Sheep dog Show. I listened to them lamenting the "poor state of affairs and all those bastards who don't give a rats!" But their simple joy, in a few beers with men of like nature was great to watch and listen to their yarns/stories!

Aussies will know that Hay is a very small town but the outlying huge stations are where they mainly live and to gather en mass was the highlight if their year of hardship.

I was privileged to be present for a tiny part of it ....for a millisecond in time.


ditchwitch wrote:
What a trip you had! Thank you for taking us along for a bit of it! Your photos and comments brought back some wonderful memories, as I was fortunate enough to spend a couple weeks in your amazing country 10 years ago, the trip of a lifetime.


Jun 19, 2019 21:39:01   #
Nanknit
 
Yep it breaks your heart to see and hear the plight of the battling farmers and their families. It’s been stated by some Politicians that Climate Change doesn’t exist.......Bull Sh*t!!! Step outside your plush offices and see what is happening to our country and the world at large. Whew....rant over. Thanks for the great photos Christine. Jen.
 
Jun 20, 2019 05:20:58   #
bundyanne07 (a regular here)
 
Thank you for sharing your photos.
Jun 20, 2019 07:30:41   #
gmomgil (a regular here)
 
Thank you
Jun 20, 2019 07:48:58   #
kathleenTC (a regular here)
 
What a trip - thanks for sharing.
Jun 20, 2019 09:27:56   #
MousePotatoKnits (a regular here)
 
Loved your pictures. Thank you.
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