Explain This #9

As I’ve often said, the Outback is full of surprises. This amazing un-photoshopped picture was taken in the Outback only a few months ago. Can you tell us about it, true or imagined, to explain such a remarkable sight?

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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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6 Responses to Explain This #9

  1. Kev says:

    Looks like a pig entangled in wire fence ??

  2. Hermine Clouser says:

    Hi Rob, Thanks for your posts including the one from the Queen.  I was

  3. roobark says:

    I believe it is a dugong parachuting in from North Qld waters where the sea grass is dying due to run-off from cane farms. It has overshot Lake Eyre but may think its shadow is Ms Australian Dugong of the Year and is making the mistake of hovering expectantly. Or it is used steel wool in the shape of a reef shark bundled in chicken wire and levitating.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Roobark, I like your work. The richness of the images you invoke is impressive. One could forgive the dugong for thinking the slender shadow is not his own. The used steel wool concept is interesting but not nearly as well endowed with possibilities as the love-sick dugong.

  4. dazzlerplus says:

    I think it’s time to draw this discussion to a close. Roobark, your imaginative speculation about a love-sick dugong was excellent. However, I think you’ll find that a dugong’s front end is decidedly lumpy, and not nearly as elegant as the creature in the picture, which is I believe meant to be a dolphin.

    It’s part of a collection of wondrous objects on display in the open at Alberrie Creek, about 50 km west of Marree on the Oodnadatta Track, all of which I understand have something to say about ecology. No doubt the dolphin sculpture is meant to remind us about the dolphins which get killed by commercial fishing operations.

    The balance of this comment is copied from the comment on the earlier post entitled “Explain This #3”.

    About 15 years ago, there was a group of protesters living nearby, who would stop passing motorists and explain their concerns about the uranium mining at Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam (some 120 km to the south) and the related depletion of the artesian basin. One of their slogans was “Mutate now and avoid the rush”.

    After the protest shut down, an artist called Robin “Mutoid” Cooke started the “Mutonia Sculpture Park”, creating a whole range of outdoor sculptures, all built from scrap materials. They are eye-catching, and in some cases tending to the obscure. Apart from the creations shown in the picture, there are many others including The Big Dog, Plane Henge, the Ghan Hover Bus, and the Spinning Car.

    Not to be missed if you’re driving the Oodnadatta Track.

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