Travel in the Outback has ways of providing small pleasures that, while not major events, are nonetheless memorable. For example, finding a vividly coloured wild flower no more than half a centimetre across blooming alone on a red sandhill, or seeing a flock of maybe 300 cockatoos suddenly rise from the ground as the car approaches.
Here are two from a recent trip. The first is having morning tea or lunch under a shady tree in a dry creek bed. This picture was taken on the Strzelecki Track in South Australia. Driving tip: be cautious if driving into a sandy area with no evidence of anyone else having driven there before. The Small Pleasure might turn into half an hour of strenuous activity to unbog the car. It’s better to choose a stony area, or at least one where earlier wheel tracks can be seen.
The other is a wonderfully evocative picture taken in the Wilpena Pound camping area in the Flinders Ranges. A gnarled old tree had a hollowed-out trunk, probably caused by a bush fire of many years ago, and there in the cavity was a green seedling. Life goes on!