Madigan Line – flora and fauna

The desert is full of life, but often it is unseen – animals and reptiles hiding from noisy invaders, or simply keeping away from the cold of winter. Where there is no water, there are no animals. So, seeing life and plants flowering was a great joy when we did.

This is part 3 of my record of our trip through the Australian desert, see here for more photos and here for more information and my sketches.

 

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

16 thoughts

  1. In this post it is easy for me to appreciate the beauty of these tenacious plants and animals. Some of the plants remind me of hardy alpine plants which grow above the snow line.
    Just looking at these photos makes me think you might enjoy a film currently showing (from NZ) called “Camino Skies”. It is full of the most glorious landscapes of Spain as a group of Kiwis (with poignant life stories) embark on their Camino pilgrimage. As well as the enormous landscape scenes, the camera sometimes zooms in and focuses on a small insect doing his own crossing, even if it is just from one side of a track to the other – a few metres. Such loving attention to details, big and small, remind me of both your photo posts and make me think it might be your kind of film as well as mine.

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  2. What an incredible journey Anna. The birds!! They are incredible, so interesting, color and size. And the plant life, you can tell they are survivors. Your timing must have been perfect. The dirt!! Truly a place unspoiled that adjusts to extremes. Thank you again for sharing your trip with us, your photos and drawings are inspiring and tell the story clearly.

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    1. Thanks Cathe – timing is such a hit-and-miss thing, I think we may have been too early for some of the birds, usually masses of pelicans congregate at Lake Eyre when it has water in it, and we only saw a few, but it was such a joy to see the ones we did, and those brave, hardy little desert plants, which glow against the red dirt!

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  3. I am really enjoying the photos of Australia!

    It is definitely on my bucket list now!

    Pamela Romeo

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    anna warren portfolio posted: “The desert is full of life, but often it is unseen – animals and reptiles hiding from noisy invaders, or simply keeping away from the cold of winter. Where there is no water, there are no animals. So, seeing life and plants flowering was a great joy when “

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    1. I’m delighted these photos have inspired you to visit! Australia is such a diverse country, with snowfields and deserts, beautiful beaches and sophisticated cities. Just remember it is BIG, it takes a while to get from one place to another!

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