We eventually got some good weather at Wilpena Pound in the western Flinders Ranges after a few days of almost constant rain. The van did not leak and after 5 days of no sun, we still didn’t run out of on-board power with the Lithium-iron batteries in our basic campsite.
No sunrise or sunset opportunities for Geoff, but he did manage to jag a great pano-shot from Razorback lookout in a gap in the weather at sunset (click here to go to his shot on Flickr in high res).
A Flinders Ranges Panorama created by stitching together 3 images. Copyright Geoff Hunter
All the rain has made this normally arid area so green and lush, which contrasts greatly with the pink and red rock, gnarly old gums, and dry creek beds. There is so much wildlife at the moment – a definite “time of plenty”. Too many emus to count, feral goats, ‘roos, wallabies, Euro’s, Parrots of all descriptions and many other other bird species.
The boys (large and small!) got to ferret out some shingle back lizards on the odd occasion as well but most were hiding due to the dampness, rain and general cold conditions.
However it was time to get going again and we headed up to Blinman (old Tin-mine town) before heading northwest to Marree and the start of the Ood-track.