Last weekend I was looking down on Lake Eyre, in flood for the third year after many years of drought, last filled to capacity in 1974. Covering an area of nearly 10,000 square kilometres, about the size of Holland, it is Australia's largest salt lake and the 13th largest in the world. Set in South Australia, our driest state, it was a thrill to see the dry land tinged with green, and the beautiful Flinders Ranges a misty mauve in the background. My photos of the Lake and surrounds are not brilliant - will I never grow out of being airsick? - but you'll get some idea I hope of how huge the lake and rivers are.
Absolutely stunning was the country we drove through - in a very comfortable bus with the perfect guides - and we stopped at many small towns for refreshment. One of these was the Parachilna Prairie Hotel where lunch consisted of kangaroo salami, emu pate, goat pastrami - crocodile was off the menu that day. Fortunately for me there was a huge salad and lots of grilled vegetables.
lovely video (read down a bit) of David Attenborough (my hero!) showing Shinglebacks, including the female giving birth to two huge baby lizards. Here is my Shingleback.
What else do I have to show you? The most wonderful Flinders Ranges, the softness of the colours being truly amazing when one considers that this is virtually a desert. I'm still mulling over this trip, which was 6 days in Adelaide (capital city of South Australia) and 6 days on the road visiting the outback. So much to see and think about, and more than ever, I realise what a beautiful country Australia is.
My next major excitement will be next March when I go to a four day workshop in Sydney, at Bondi Beach. This will be run by Art is...You and I will be doing three assemblage art works shops with Keith Lo Bue and a two day book structure workshop with Judy Wilkenfeld. Here is the list of the faculty for this Art is... You event. Check it out because there are some great teachers here and I just wish I could double up on some. However, I've been promising myself to do classes with Keith and Judy for ages, and this time I'm taking the plunge.
A real mixed bag
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