Camping in Queensland – photos

During the month we were away I took over 600 photos, so have a lot to work through. There will be just a small selection here, but hopefully enough to give a bit of an overview of the places we visited. The early ones have grey, overcast skies, which gradually cleared as we moved further north. For more detail of the trip see my previous post here, this post will mostly be extended captions. The picture above was taken in Welford National Park, where we camped beside the Barcoo River. The extent of the flood waters is where these white and yellow daisies grew, in a dense carpet, stopping at a clearly defined point. This is not the beginning of the trip, I just particularly like this one! The following pictures will be in chronological order.

They were all taken on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, and apart from one or two that have been cropped, and a couple that have been lightened, they are all as they were taken. Click on the photos to see the individual images, probably best appreciated on a computer screen.

Sunset in Hungerford, as the rain was starting to ease.
Masses of ducks rising from the river
Mesa with iron-hard crust on the top, soft soil below. The boulders that had peeled off were massive, 3-4 metres in height.
Look closely to see two very well camouflaged locusts. An odd thing – we found several bull ant nests and scattered around the entrance hole were many discarded legs and one or two torsos of these locusts. I even found a bull ant dragging a leg along to the nest, with great difficulty.

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

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  1. Even though I’d like to “like” this post I am unable to. Click away as much as I want but nothing is happening.
    Well – I do love that top photo. “Splendour” is the word that comes to mind. The ground is so lush with daisies and the sky is so ethereally blue that it is almost un-Australian. More typically Australian are the boulders. They are the sort of land forms we in NZ would see in Aussie travel brochures and only dream about (when I was growing up). I like the landscape photos when there are clouds as the general scenes look softer than under electric-blue sky.
    You’re right; I did have to look hard to see the locusts and what an interesting observation about the bull ants and locust legs. The moral is – one shouldn’t hang about where bull ants might just tear your legs off.
    What a beautiful set of photos, from the wide open spaces to the minute details within.

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    1. That’s good, that ‘like’ button is a bit fickle I find. The Granites are very like similar formations we saw in WA, although these may be a smaller grouping. I agree with you about clouds – they add a lot more interest to the landscape than a pure blue sky, but we were constantly assessing the clouds as to whether they would spell a quick exit from where we were, much more than usually. There is a richness to the colour of the top photo isn’t there, the sun was just beginning to set, casting a golden glow over the landscape. One plus of the unpredictable weather was some spectacular sunsets!

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    1. Thanks Sue – I could have done a whole post with photos from the Granites, it was one of my favourite places. It came as a surprise to me, not knowing what to expect, but to be suddenly confronted with these huge formations in the middle of a flat plain was sheer delight.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Your well captured images take me deep into Australia. I love the red dirt and how the plant life is so unique. The skies are vast and the critters so well disguised. It looks like you had complete solitude. A great way to spend the month, exploring!

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    1. The red dirt is something that I absolutely love – once I see it I can feel I am really out there in the remote parts of Australia. We did have solitude most of the time, because we are able to go off the bitumen, but the small towns and easily accessible areas did have a lot of caravans – so many people bought them during covid when they couldn’t travel overseas, and are spending a lot of time on the road, or just sitting for weeks on end in free camps. We were always glad to get away from them! Luckily there are many remote national parks for us, where we can explore and absorb the surroundings.

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