Blink and you’ll miss it…

Dragon fly blue2 (1 of 1)The Outback’s flooded.

Unseasonal rain has turned red dust to mud. Roads needed boats. Dirt track and side ditches became running ravines. Cliffs flushed into waterfalls, and a desert wasteland was transformed into a sea of green.

Water, once  a mirage, rippled reflective sunlight, cooling heated winds to calm even the fieriest of tempers. Where singed sinuses were granted a dust-settling reprieve of fresh floral fragrances from wildflowers bursting from a summer’s slumber. Butterflies and dragonflies danced on the breeze, pierced by brilliant flashes of feasting blue Kingfishers and rainbow Honeyeaters.

Instead of a wasteland of rising heat waves that blurred the vision with an oasis of the mind – this was real.

And rare.

But, as fast as this magical moment in the desert arrived, it disappeared on the rise of the new moon. Grass once tall and proud, wilted into shades of yellow. Painted birds and their spoil of brilliant bugs disappeared amidst a red dust swirl leaving a hinting speckle of wildflowers.

And soon it returned to the never-ending summer sea of dust leaving only a memory – and my photo’s…

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There’s a track under all that.
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I’m not mowing!
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From green to gold.

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And we’re back to this…

For more photo’s of my backyard you can find them on my Instagram account (also found in the right margin on my HomePage).

5 thoughts on “Blink and you’ll miss it…

  1. It remains amazing how the seeds and roots stay alive through the summer heat and winter cold. Love how you captured the special moment where the luscious field bloomed in the spring.

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  2. Beautiful shots – such a contrast. We badly need rain here in SA at the moment so hopefully there’s a similar deluge approaching…

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  3. Thank you for your beautifully worded comment.

    We don’t enjoy seasons like Spring in the North Australia but suffer a ‘Build-up Season’ prior to our ‘Wet Season’ (summer). The ‘Dry Season’ is considered Winter where we, usually, have no rain for six months and flooded with tourists escaping the misery of a Southern Winter. I try (*with tongue in cheek) explain the difference of our seasons here:

    Again, thank you for your time in leaving a comment.

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