Dune Top May 26 2017
Time to smell the roses.

The sand on the dune tops is fine and dry.

Tracks are clear, but rapidly fade.

This is from some sort of lizard.

A sand goanna.

We are reminded of times we have spent in other deserts.

We are having a bit of difficulty finding the things that made the tracks.

There is no water available in this desert.

I guess that's part of why its called a desert.

This shows the state of our tanks and the last seven days consumption.

We will reduce the average.

We haven't had to pay much attention to water usage in all our travels. There's usually been some available somewhere.

There is no permanent surface water in this desert.

Margaret found a lizard.
I mistook it for a small branch.

Possibly a sandhill ctenotus.

With a long tail to make the tracks.

This could get very confusing.

The view south from our dune top camp site.

On the top of the dune are clumps of cane grass.

Good habitat for wrens apparently.

Lots of beetle tracks.

But no beetles.

The Rig Road east from our dune top.
We needed a rest so admired the vegetation.

Hard to capture the purple of the flowers.

A celebratory drink of champers while enjoying dinner and sunset.

Margaret produced the flutes. Essential gear for the well equipped desert traveler.

A close inspection may reveal the remnants of tyre marks beneath the chairs.

We haven't seen anyone for a couple of days and in a moment of frivolity occupied the track.

We decided against erecting "reduce speed" and "parks pass inspection ahead" signs.

The cane grass is fascinating.

Joins in the stems are a bit unusual to us.

It wasn't yet dark but the sand I sat on to take this photo was decidedly chilly.

We are still in bed.

A bit of a surprise as we looked out of the window to the south.

Not quite so surprised by the wren.

But is it an Eyreian Grass Wren?

They reputedly live in cane grass on top of dunes.

These wrens seem to land on whatever is handy.

If we get up to get the binoculars it will fly away.

It flew away anyway.

The birds are very shy.


The dingo is awake.

It is neither bothered by our presence nor seemingly interested.

It just sort of trots, or lopes, through the campsite.

Is it looking at us or something else.

There is nothing intimidating about this dingo. Though we will be careful.

More cane grass.

It is intriguing.

Lives on the dune tops, not the swales.

This Acacia was about 1km north east of our camp.

We made a triangular track, along the road, along the dune, then a straight line back to the camp.

kangaroo poo?

They had also made themselves at home under a nearby tree.

We haven't seen any kangaroos.

All the vegetation is alien, and interesting.

Suitable for the arid conditions.

Must be. Otherwise they wouldn't be here.

A different bird.

We aren't being followed.

It was a long wait before it took off.

Everything is seemingly calm and relaxed in the desert.

At least on the surface.

Ali took an interest in the ants.

We don't know why the ants are interested in the seed pods.

Where is our bird book?

At home in Brisbane.

We'll buy another. Just for the truck.

Though this bird is just a little far away for us to identify.

Looking back at our camp.

No use trying to hide really.

We used it as a beacon for our return.

It would be so easy to become lost among the dunes.

They don't seem parallel, they join and split, they are different heights, and after a while they all look the same.

More flowers.

We have three nights on our dune.

Dune Top and Rig Road May 27 2017

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