|Looking out from a dune to others fading into the distance.|
|Amunurunga Range, from the Gary Junction Road.|
|Indigenous Protected Areas are a category of national reserve (itself unusual, as most Australian reserves are |
under state legislation), wherein traditional owners agree to manage their land to restore
and retain conservation and cultural values.
|A fairly typical section of the Kiwirrkurra - Balgo track. Four-wheel drive mandatory!|
|Small 'hunting burns' along the track;|
freshly burnt above, and an older burn below with mature spinifex
in the background and regenerating growth in the foreground.
In places we found evidence of the old ways being practised until quite recently.
|A magnificent big grindstone (above) and|
a tool factory scatter (below).
And yes, they are still where we found them!
Here are some typical spinifex-dominated scenes from the Great Sandy.
|Mature - ie long-unburnt - spinifex rings.|
|Flowering spinifex and Desert Paperbark Melaleuca glomerata.|
|Spinifex stretching across the plain.|
|Flowering spinifex catching the light on a red dune.|
|Spinifex at sunset.|
|Spinifex-dominated desert panorama.|
|Droughted pale spinifex, without the distinct green tinge of the plants a little further south.|
The first three shots are of mulga camp sites in the south, not far from Kiwirrkurra.
|My camp in the mulga, Elizabeth Hills.|
|Sunrise on the mulga (above) |
and sunset through it (below).
|Mulga on salt pan lunette (a crescent-shaped wind-blown dune).|
|Stunted Ghost Gums (Eucalyptus aparrerinja) above,|
and a dense woodland of them from the top of a dune below.
More on this superb desert gum here.
|Desert Bloodwood (one of several related species known by that name) Eucalyptus chippendalei |
growing, typically, on a sand dune. I will introduce other species when I talk about plants next time.
|Immature Desert Oak Alloasuarina decaisneana, above Lake Makay.|
|A small section of Lake Mackay.|
|Clouds over Lake Mackay.|
|Samphires on the fringe of Lake Mackay.|
|A smaller clay pan scattered with ironstone.|
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