Friday, June 25, 2010

...and from the outward trip

I drove to Alice Springs in late May with a friend. The trip wasn't the greatest due to some pretty foul weather but we still had a good time and saw some interesting things.

The Flinders Ranges were beautiful. There have been really good rains in this part of Australia - one local told us that there hasn't been anything like it since 1989. As a result, the ranges were really green and there was lots of evidence of large river flows and flooding.

I got a chance to see and photograph Yellow-footed rock wallabies here which was a real thrill.

Ctenophorus sp.

Also came across the Streamside froglet (Crina riparia), an endemic to the Flinders.

Crinia riparia, Streamside froglet

Drove the Oodnadatta track and checked out Lake Eyre. Water is flowing into the lake from various sources - the Cooper hadn't reached the lake yet and the north lake was dry, though the south lake was filling. Really interesting, no Lake Eyre dragons though!

Lake Eyre North

Lake Eyre South