Classic Outback #2

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.

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About dazzlerplus

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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2 Responses to Classic Outback #2

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    What are the seasons like there in the Outback? Is it mostly a wet vs dry time of year?

    • dazzlerplus says:

      There is no wet season in the Outback. What little rain there is falls fairly evenly throughout the year, often in short, heavy bursts. For example, in Marree (South Australia), the average annual rainfall is about 160 mm (6 inches). The main seasonal difference is the temperature (and the flies). In Marree, the average daily maximum in summer is about 37°C (98°F), and in winter about 20°C (68°F).

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