Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Where's the emu? They were in Mungo National Park. The scene changed from the lakebed and saltbush to zones with several species of trees and mallee scrub and the plant and animal communities they support. Hugh non-native rabbit populations have been controlled.
Unlikely as it seems, deep floods have been recorded at Allen's Plain Tank.

The wide surrounding countryside, in the vicinity of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area, was seen to be flat and waterless but as visitors, we are unfamiliar with the potential for change and floods.

The Murray-Darling Basin accounts for three-quarters of the country's irrigated crops and pastures, and one-third of its agricultural output. The basin's annual water flow ranges from 5000-57000 gigalitres. Research shows over-allocation of this water underpins widespread biodiversity losses and damage to the environment, much of which may already be irreversible. From Australian Geographic journal.

A flood swept throught the Western Region in 1890, especially around Bourke, and is the subject of the painting by W C Piguenit: The flood in the Darling 1890. The work is described as one the the Gallery's (of NSW) great icons of Australian painting. The Darling is a major river.
The sky is notable and the reflections and birds are from one in touch with nature. Piguenit was the son of a convict and is credited as our first professional Australian born painter.

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