Weekend Wanderings: Big Desert
Yesterday I showed you a lot of wild flowers that were taken in the Big Desert National Park. I’d never been to it before, but it didn’t disappoint. Though having said that it is not what you would expect a desert to be like. There is the sand, and there was lots of that, but it was also a thriving eco system for plants. The conditions seemed like the hardest you would find plants trying to survive in.
There are roads through this part but pretty much as soon as you enter you need a four wheel drive. We were driving through very thick sand and the guy driving was finding it very hard going. I was glad I wasn’t do the driving, though I was getting tossed around in the back.
There aren’t many places to get water out there. This was one of the few places we saw. They call this Ross Springs, but Jocelyn said it was a soak, so never a lot of water. In the gallery you can see all the prints from the various animals and birds that go there to drink.
One of the biggest problems in these areas are people who go there to try out their four wheel drives and to see what they can do. They don’t stick to the tracks and then they destroy a lot of the area. You can see in the above image where they have been going, it isn’t good.
Finding bones is natural as animals and birds die you see their remains. You would see this anywhere I think. I don’t know what this is, but judging from the size of it I thought it might be a kangaroo.
It isn’t a hospitable environment and I wouldn’t want to get lost in it. There is food everywhere, but you would have to know what the plants were, I wouldn’t make it. It is also beautiful and the way the plants just grow despite the conditions is truly amazing. This is what many people think of when they think of the Australian Landscape.
I have some photos for you now that I will put into a gallery. I hope you are having a good weekend.