Without any further ado, here’s some images from my week in the Flinders Ranges SA. I’m back in the Mid North for now, but plan on returning northwards soon. I have until perhaps October to explore there – after that the temperatures may start getting a bit high for us all.
This is Sturt’s Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, and a personal favourite. In a good season, out bush the ground is carpeted with them. And there are natural variants with white ones even occasionally being found. These images however were taken in a town.
The landscape up north can vary considerably, but there are certain commonalities of the area, and of the flora. My first campout was at Carrieton, a sweet little community run campsite on the edge of town. Quiet and peaceful, I spent two nights there so I could explore the town in a relaxing manner. Mind you, it did get frosty overnight!
It’s the open spaces which help my heart to swell……………..
I first came through here back in the late 70’s when I left the city to take up a job out bush. In those days the road was dirt – and there was no bushfire refuge! Which incidentally is on the town oval.
An old house on the edge of town, sadly now in disrepair. What a backdrop view though! And what I wonder, stories does it hold…..
Like most towns the world over, the population has dropped since this plaque was unveiled, as the cities have grown into sprawling messes.
Speaks for itself 🙂
On to Hawker. Regarded as the Gateway to the real North. 🙂 Now I’m really starting to feel at home. Lived at Lyndhurst at one stage in my life and visited the others on the top sign at various times.
The colours of sunset. Like no other areas I’ve lived in. Do I sound like I’m in love? Yes, I am. 🙂
After leaving Hawker, I really began meandering. Bush time…. slowly does it….. Creeks in this world can be large, and mostly dry, but when they flow, watch out! Never camp in these creek beds, as even if there’s no rain locally the water can flow down from elsewhere and arrive with a roar! But what a wonder world it can be to stroll down looking at the rocks. This is an ancient landscape with treasures for those with eyes to see it.
Chace Range in the background.
Perfect spot for a coffee…… just soaking up the view ……..
The next step of the journey took us into a slightly different country so I’ll leave that for next time.