desert trekking …

A few days, and a lot of kilometres driven, my trek into the ‘hottest and warmest’, was not quite that. The Great Sandy Desert was somewhat overcast with a few showers, some water on the track, and a fire in the distance, started by lightning.

Spinifex recovering from an earlier fire

Spinifex recovering from an earlier fire

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Grevillea stenobotrya, Sand Dune Grevillea

Velleia panduriformis

Velleia panduriformis

In fact, the vegetation stood up well to a supposed ‘hotter than ever’ scenario. I guess the extra  CO2 made up for it. The next day was clear of clouds, and rather warmer: kidson 112 kidson 116Plenty of flat featureless desert, filled with a fabulous range of flora, and hard to see fauna. Even less traffic, 700km and just 1 truck, a drill rig! At the end of the track, oh yes, a well head:kidson 100

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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3 Responses to desert trekking …

  1. William says:

    Thanks for the pix.
    I had always imagined this area to be nothing but bare sand dunes.
    Beautiful vegetation; almost tempted to get out of the armchair and take a trip.

  2. JoNova says:

    Thanks Tom. I love the colors of the ochre red and the intense blue. It is kinda turned inside out compared to scenes of forest and farm. In the red centre the vegetation is bleached of color, but the sand and sky are rich.

    And I enjoy that sense of wildness without end. I am not sure if there are many other places where someone can feel so undistracted by the buzz of humanity and (err, warning, cosmic-unscientific-sentiment-coming) “connected” with the sky and Earth and sunrise and sunset — whatever that means. It is easy to notice the pattern of celestial objects and wind and weather out here where the horizon stretches round the curvature of the crust. There is a timelessness there.

    Perhaps my brain is just too cluttered… I have not wandered in the wild for a long time, but I feel the urge…

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