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Ann Britton Outback Photography

Pelicans visit 2016 Dry Outback compared to 2019 Amazing Season

Feathered visitors on dry Outback this blog was published 7 January 2016. I said I took the photos to do a comparison when it did rain.

With the knowledge, understanding, and respect to all the places that are still very very dry in our country, I make it a point to visitors that our season could be classed as a one in a generation. Also, remember not all in the Boulia Shire are having this great season. It was hit and miss for some, too much for others.

Let us see…. I think the 2019 Pelicans …taken down at the lagoon 4 August 2019…..

(Please take note of the trees and vegetation in the background as you keep scrolling through this blog.)

….. look much the same as the 2016 Pelicans…..but look at the landscape and vegetation/trees

They wait, many years sometimes, to feel moisture on their roots and rain on their leaves. Their growth is stunted, but there are some old, amazing, tough trees lining our lagoon and enjoying our 2019 season. This is a good visual example of why we have treeless plains. Trees grow where they will survive the easiest and as you can see it isn’t always that easy. The Waddi Tree in our area is an exception, growing and thickening to forest-like conditions, away from any water system.

After revisiting my 2016 blog on the pelican visiting, I must admit I did “well up”
When you drive into the Goodwood house the lagoon is to the western side. Many a time, during dry times and I, look down to the lagoon (when driving home) and the trees are struggling and looking so desperate, I ask them to hang on (yep I talk to the trees) that rain or flood is not far away. Not too sure if this is to reassure me as well as the landscape, but it is truly sad to see your surrounding “home” dealing with a dry weather event. By this time, the cattle are long gone, either moved to food or sold off. So it is just a waiting game for us, days of endless blue skies, usually that is coupled with endless heat and if Mother Natures warped sense of humour is at play, hot winds as well.

Please excuse the quality of this photo.
Just compare those two for a bit, different angle, but the same area……amazing hey……all that vegetation still on the ground and it is August. Yep, it is amazing and yes every day we marvel at the ground cover, everywhere. I don’t think I have stopped smiling at this fact all year.

Above January 2016, the lagoon full from rain fallen further north, and below August 2019…..yes same little prickly bush…..just add water. 2019 two very beneficial floods and rain from February to March.
From memory, the 2016 summer was continuously hot with strong hot winds. What vegetation we did leave in the paddock, many months before, when we took all the cattle out of our house paddock, was dried up and blown away by Mother Nature. You can see in the above photo, the tufts of grass on their own little dirt mound. This is wind erosion. If you were out in the paddock during these winds you would basically be sandblasted.

Take note that even the stoney ridges are still covered in vegetation, August 2019
You think of all those dealing with extremely dry conditions now and you look at these photos, and you just wonder why Mother Nature could be so harsh on the land, soil, natural flora, and fauna let alone humans.
Isn’t it just the most amazing country I live in and proud to say, if you look after the soil it will look after you…..just add water, the proof is in these photos. We can have a beef-producing business in this marginal rangeland country in Outback Queensland, and be sustainable. Which to me means, looking after the soil, first and foremost. Respect the land and if Mother Nature gives you the right season, enjoy the magical landscape that flood water and rain can give the Channel Country.

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