Australia has one of the most variable rainfall climates in the world. Over the long term we have about three good years and three bad years out of ten. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth.
Ailsa has directed us towards Dry this week, so I have explored my photos of Australia’s Red Centre in the Northern Territory, and the huge Kimberly region of Western Australia. These areas both have dry seasons, and wet seasons. In the dry you can camp in the riverbed!
Plants and animals evolved to suit the climate. Isn’t this grass fabulous!
In the dry season you can walk down gorges and chasms that would be filled with running water during the wet. These boulders are shaped by thousands of years of flowing water, and they are certainly quite challenging to walk over!
Another water-shaped passage, dry now and open to adventurers. We climbed through, falling and sliding just as water does, gushing over and under, and erupting jubilant at the end of the chasm.
In Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in the Northern Territory south of Darwin you can see ripples from where sediments were laid down millions of years ago. Dry now.
Spinifex is adapted to dry weather. Here it grows on bare red rock at Mirima National Park , Kununurra, Western Australia.
We spent our first night on our OneTide trip camping at Cone Bay. In an area with 11 metre tides arriving and leaving shore had to be carefully planned. We were there early in the Dry; travellers can’t get in or out in the Wet. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our dry places.