Weekend Wanderings – Mallee Salt Lakes
It always amazes me how you can discover new things in places that you think you know. I am up here in the Mallee again and in the last few days I’ve seen some things that I haven’t seen before. I was running a workshop over near Nyah West, a small country town, of no consequence, (I love that line) near Swan Hill, in Victoria’s north. I spent much of my childhood in this area because my grandparents had property near there, but over the Murry River in another town called Koraleigh. So when it was suggested that we have the workshop on the salts pan outside Nyah West, I was surprised, as I knew nothing about them.
On Thursday I went over to Nyah West to meet Lyn who was helping me to organise everything and this was her suggested place to go. I don’t think they normally have water in them, but the night before there was a massive down pour, I think state wide, and the Mallee got a lot of rain. The whole area was so wet, but we thought it would dry out for the workshop, which it did somewhat, so we were able to go there and do the workshop.
It was incredible, the colours, the water, the dead trees. I’ve never shot anywhere like this. I just wanted to get in there and start taking photos.
As you can see there are places around the edges to walk, but salt pans or lakes can be very deceiving. You start walking on them and then you start sinking, so you really have to be careful where you step.
On the way there from Woomelang I drove past a couple of other salt lakes, then on the way home decided to stop and take photos. You can see the above one has fence posts, so it must have been farmland at some time, and now it’s being reclaimed by nature.
This is another lake, the tail end of a very big salt lake near Sealake, Lake Tyrrell. I would love to explore it one day, but I think I might need a 4 wheel drive. I did have to stop at the tail and went for a walk among the salt bushes to take some photos.
This old house is on the road between Nyah West and the salt pans, or Towan Plains and we stopped to take a look and thought it might be a good place to bring everyone first for the workshop. We were very worried about snakes. Which turned out to be good to thing when one of the participants saw a big brown snake because we were already weary. I guess the snakes are waking up from their winter slumber.
It was good to find some new places to explore and plans will be made to come back next time I am up this way. I got some great photos from the workshop, but they will have to wait for another weekend wandering post. I hope your weekend has been productive.