This is the second in a series of pictures which portray classical aspects of Outback scenery.
Visitors to the Outback gradually get used to the fact that things which normally imply the presence of water – creek, lake, river, dam, water tank, etc. – don’t necessarily contain any of the precious liquid. Australia is the driest continent, and water is often noted for its absence rather than its presence.
Dry, cracked mud as in the picture tells of water which has been lying there until dried up by the sun, and then as the moisture is gradually removed from the mud, a patchwork pattern of cracks appears, waiting for water to return and start the cycle all over again. The mud may contain seeds and eggs of fish and insects which will be activated by the water.