colouring the desert …

The Great Sandy Desert is amazing in the months following summer and autumn, when the colours emerge of a startling change in the environment. July to September reveals a kaleidoscope of colours erupting from the greys and greens among red and brown sands and gravels between and atop the long lines of east-west dunes.

Some of the species growing there have been brought back to fill Broome parks and gardens. Click to zoom.


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Pilbara vista …

The Pilbara region in Western Australia is the heart of the mining region that provides the majority of Australia’s export income, mostly iron ore and gas, but also a myriad of other smaller metal producers including gold and manganese. That makes a great pictorial backdrop when visiting this region.

At the heart is the old, small town of Nullagine, pictured below the aptly named Conglomerate Hotel, along with surrounding ranges, gorges, valleys and gravel plains covered in Spinifex grass. Click to zoom.

Conglomerate Hotel, Nullagine

Iron kangaroo atop a Pilbara Range

Carrawine Gorge near Marble Bar

Some new rehabilitation work near Mt Goldsworthy

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pindan red …

Pindan is the name given to the iron oxide rich red soils in the West Kimberley, especially that found on the cliffs at James Price Point north of Broome. Visitors to the region are struck by the deep colour, and surrounding woodland environment that grows on it.

Click to zoom.

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the looming cold in Oz …

I am disappointed with the looming cold now upon us, even here in the warmer Tropical town of Broome. May was below average minimum temperature for the month, by 1C, but about 4C lower than last year’s May average.  Thankfully, May’s maximum was just above average, but still well below last year.

It gets worse, after the first 5 days of June this year, every night has been below average, and a long way below last year’s June minimum average of 19.1C, by over 5C. My heater is coming out.

Not just restricted to Broome, I note Capital City Canberra below freezing every night. In fact, coldest start on record to winter says Warwick Hughes. It looks as though Dr David Evan’s prediction from last year is likely to be right.

New Science 26: The solar fall and the delay means David Evans’ predicted global cooling could be just around the corner

Moving to Adelaide and the rest of Eastern Australia, very cold conditions hit the first days of Winter. Only the South West remained above average.



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alarmists continue being wrong …

This great and very important article last weekend at The Australian (paywalled) by Clive James, copied from Greenie Watch:

Western climate change alarmists won’t admit they are wrong

By Clive James, Australian/British literary figure and wit Continue reading

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Professor Happer denounces Paris climate agreement …

Africa is becoming greener, faster, according to the latest data, surpassing by far the trees cut down for fuel and housing. One more inconvenient truth from The Green Blob.

In Africa, a fight is happening. On one side natural forces are making the continent greener, and on the other, people are removing trees and bushes from the continent.

In densely populated regions, people are cutting down trees and forests, but elsewhere, where human populations are more thinly spread, bushes and scrub vegetation are thriving.

Now, scientists have quantified for the first time how vegetation across the continent has changed in the past 20 years.

Thirty six per cent of the continent has become greener, while 11 per cent is becoming less green. […]

Higher atmospheric CO2, along with warm weather, is a boon to vegetation. Just in time for the expected withdrawal from the Paris scam of Obama’s, The Daily Telegraph reports:


Donald Trump’s potential science adviser believes CO2 is ‘good’ and US should withdraw from Paris climate deal

Donald Trump has not yet given his decision on whether the US will recommit to the Paris deal

An academic tipped to be President Donald Trump’s White House Science Adviser has called for the United States to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Professor William Happer, a Princeton physicist, told The Telegraph in an interview: “I hope he will. Our friends in Europe wanted it so everybody had to sign up but it’s a complete waste.

“There are diverging opinions in the Trump administration, what to do about climate change in particular. I hope he will withdraw.

“It (the Paris agreement) is not going to hurt the environmentalists, it’s going to hurt people in Asia and Africa and I think it’s profoundly immoral. What people there need is electricity you can afford. Prosperity, what’s wrong with that? This is an example of human folly.”

His comments came as Mr Trump said he would decide this week whether to withdraw the US from the 2015 agreement which has been signed by nearly 200 countries…

William Happer
Prof Happer: “I don’t see a whole lot of difference between the consensus on climate change and the consensus on witches”

(H/T Greenie Watch)

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a day off for the streets of Chinatown, Broome …

Broome has some architecture that is more suited to the tropics, so here are some pics with little traffic to hide the buildings. Chinatown is the predominant commercial zone in Broome.

Click to zoom:

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Broome’s east side …

Broome sits on a small peninsula at the southern end of the larger Dampier Peninsula. To the East is Roebuck Bay, where these images were taken. From the boat ramp at Town Beach, where crocodiles are sometimes seen, to the Port of Broome near Entrance Point.

Click to zoom:

Dinosaur prints on Port Beach

The old jetty was once started from the end of the middle bank at Town Beach

Long deserted boat shed where pearl luggers were once repaired.

Retired lugger jetty

Town Beach

Pearling mother ship with hovercraft passing by the falling tide.

Morning fog at Town Beach boat ramp.

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desert country in Western Australia …

Just south of the Edgar Range lies the Great Sandy Desert. Possibly contains much of the recently found ‘forest’. Hundreds of sand dunes running ENE to WSW, open woodlands, grasslands, and rocky outcrops, mixed in with ephemeral wetlands like Dragon Tree soak, a few springs and a lot of flat Spinifex plains.

Where the Kimberley joins the Pilbara, south-east from Broome. Click to zoom:

Oops, my portrait.

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the Tanami region of the SE Kimberley …

Where the Tanami Desert meets the Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts, Lake Gregory is a freshwater system with no outflows to the sea, but fills completely only when big floods occur. The last 20 years or so, rains have been good, and water flow from Sturt Creek is found in enough quantities to keep many horses and cattle healthy, only for the government to undertake aerial shooting.

Sunrise over the Wolfe Creek Crater

Lake Gregory

These pics include many from over 15 years ago, click to zoom:

Inside Wolfe Creek Crater showing the salt pan in the middle.

Ipomoea costata, edible Bush Yam

Ghost Gums on the Sturt Creek floodplain

Moon rise near Lake Gregory

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