AUSSIEPICS

Coober Pedy etc 2013


Some shots from a run up to Coober Pedy and then back to Melbourne via the back roads.





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The molten-metal effect as the sun just tips over the horizon marking the start of the trip back from Coober Pedy.




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One random bit of grass that's been blowing every which way but loose for some time it seems.




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One of many dry lakes on the Williams Creek rd.




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The Mars-like surface in a dry lake bed. There's plenty of rocks but a lot of this looks like layers of mud that have dried as hard as a roof tile and cracked into sections.




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Galahs at Williams Creek. Being Galahs.




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whatever they were looking for, they seem happy to have found it.




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Eagle shot




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One small step, must have been wet that day.




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Drying mud at a brigde site where the Ghan crosses Warriner/William creek south of the town.




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Dog prints in the mud. I wonder if with the climate changing we'll be laying down some new fossil-records but I doubt humanity will leave much undisturbed for long enough.




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Water birds footprints.




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Galahs in the old Ghan bridge. Warriner/William creek crossing




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Outback crossroads. No sign needed. If ever two vehicles approached at the same time they'd probably stop and have a chat anyway.




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The dam at Beresford. Just smelly enough to imply it does sometimes hold water.




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Corellas on the water tank at Beresford.




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Beresford Corella, just one by itself.




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The 'fettlers cottage' at Beresford. In other words, the railway station. the next half dozen and probably more further down are all of the same design.
Fettler: a person who does repair or maintenance work on a railway.




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Under the verandah at Beresford.




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Why would someone have painted the name of the station like that? It looks far too modern to have been of use while the original line was open and the new railway is a hundred kilometers away on the wrong side to read this. Still, it was unfortunately not the only place we photographed carefully to avoid graffiti.




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..and by the way, the water tank at Beresford no longer holds water.




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Not the only car on the road!. Oodnadatta track in really good condition.




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A pocket of life. At one of the 'mound springs' which dot the general path of the Oodnadatta track (and the reason for the tracks existance and location).




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this one was "The Bubbler" and the sediment is so fine that the rings around the water constantly bubbling up kept changing hypnotically. If not for the flies you could get quite distracted just standing here.




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The bright green life of the mound springs slowly blends through desert plants and back to the arid landscape. There are signs here describing unique forms of life that only exist in mound springs and sometimes only in individual springs.




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The newest great threat to the outback is us, the tourists. Hopefully the boardwalk here will prevent millions of years of creation being worn away in a few decades by the booted feet of the curious.




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5181
Looking away from the mound spring, it's dry out there.




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A shot of Blanche spring, looking over at The Bubbler.




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Plant life at mound springs along the Oodnadatta track.




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Probably Stuart creek, I didn't take enough notice. If you know the track you'll also notice I completely forgot to take a photo at Lake Eyre so just imagine brilliant white from your feet to the horizon, and flies.




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at the Oodnadatta track art gallery, a friendly if metallic face after a long drive.




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The first (or last, as we were headed South) destination on the Oodnadatta track. There's a sign saying 'leave money' but nowhere to leave it. I'm assuming whoever is responsible for this doesn't do it for a living but it's amazingly Australian and I'm glad it's out there.




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An eagle in hiding




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This guys too absorbed in his lunch to give me too much attention initially.




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Eventually it's time to go, probably to return after we've driven away.




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The grader at Farina. Always seem to arrive here late in the afternoon. This time we camped here and it's a suprisingly good set up. Recommended even.




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diminishing windows at Farina




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Farina house




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Posts at Farina




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Bakery and hotel at Farina




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The North Flinders Ranges from south of Maree.




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Back on the bitumen for a few minutes.




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Emu by the river




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One of heaps of 'Stumpies' we dodged along the way. They move suprisingly fast so it's better to slow down and go right around.




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On the road East into the North Flinders Ranges.




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Traffic was so rare we tended to shoot it (with camera's of course).




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Scrub and red hills (a)




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Scrub and red hills (b)




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The last ridge eastbound across the Northern Flinders ranges. Great view




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Somewhere way way down the back there is Lake Frome.




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Dried sentinel




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A long way south, Waukaringa. The ruins of a small gold mining township.




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Tree hog. or "how to make the best nest in a small bush".




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At the Waukaringa hotel




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Best arty shot of the trip. Hope you like it.




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Looking back at the ranges.




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5374
More of 'this thing I have with old windows'.




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Westerly view through the hotel window at Waukaringa.




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Looking back at the hotel from the smelting operation at Waukaringa




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5382
Don't ask me how a smeltery works but it obviously involves this tunnel-like arrangement as I've seen it in other places as well.




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More Flinders Ranges lizadry. This fella's not so stumpy, more like dangerous.




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The obligatory Ute shot, there would have been a furnace here and the pits were probably to leach gold.




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Another variation of the theme.




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The plains to the west behind the chimney, somewhere behind all that would be the Barrier highway, which is as good a definition of where the outback starts as most Victorians would ever need.




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Broken Hill; It wasn't even on the agenda when we left home, that's just how we roll.




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Everything you need to know about Broken hill in one shot, except you have to pay to drive around 'the living desert reserve' which aside from some non-historic carved sandstone is identical to most of the last couple of hundred kilometers, so we didn't.




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Some earlier buildings around the mine that dominates the township. If you ignore the mine and the pretence of culture (everything else is an art gallery) the town has a very comfortable feel to it.




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part of the dominating grey wall of tailings at Broken Hill.




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The road out from Broken Hill to Menindi is just a bitumen strip but when you turn South toward Pooncarie it gets interesting again. Bulldust and Goanna's. I'd already put the tyres up at Yunta but this was another unplanned diversion so we just took it slow and enjoyed it.

The fella here ran away from the road but seemed to think he was hiding in plain sight twenty meters away so we just walked over and bothered him briefly.




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After a couple of close-ups he gave up on us and ran over to a hole in a tree and disappeared.




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This fella was a bit bigger and probably got that way by taking more care of his safety as he went straight for a tree as soon as we pulled up.




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just sitting in a tree, probably thinking 'piss off you bastard' at me.




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That's a well built nest. Fair effort by someone there.




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5441
Heading back to the main road, the Pooncarie motors sign is hard to ignore.




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5458
..and back at the Murray again. Not a bad lap.




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