A Gallery of selected images

A mallee tree against a particularly fiery sunset.

 

I had noted that this tree was a typical example of the multi-stemmed eucalypt of the region – probably eucalyptus dumosa.

 

It really needed the sunset to make the image.

 

This was shot in Koorlong State Forest near Mildura.

This is where the Darling River joins the Murray River at Wentworth in January 2011.

 

Both rivers were in flood with the milky-coloured Darling mixing with the darker Murray water.

 

The lock and weir structure is causing the disturbance down stream of the junction of the rivers.

Yes, that is a kangaroo in the far distance on the Meridian Road that runs through Wandown Nature Reserve near Boundary Bend.

 

This bush grows on the ancient dunes created by a long-gone inland sea – coastal tea-trees are found here.

 

These reserves are a valuable refuge for the native fauna and flora of the region.

One of the features of Margooya Lagoon are the magnificent river red gums eucalyptus camaldulensis.

 

The lagoon supports a diverse number of birds including the white-bellied sea eagle and the regent parrot.

 

The lagoon is adjacent to the Murray River in Beggs Bend State Park near Robinvale.

This is the road to Neds Corner Station homestead during the drought of the 1990s.

 

It is all sky and flat plain.

 

Neds Corner has had a history as a grazing property but is currently owned by Trust For Nature and now managed to preserve the natural values.

 

It is west of Mildura.

Light streaming through flooded saplings at Kings Billabong State Park.

 

Some of the lagoons are being reflooded after a few years of drought.

 

The wide lens does distort the image a bit but sometimes it is worth breaking the rule for effect.

 

 

Karadoc Swamp is a mainly dry and becomes connected to the river in times of flood.

 

The swamp is used as an evaporation discharge basin for saline horticultural drainage water – hence the salt crust.

 

The skeleton of a box tree, eucalyptus microcarpa, indicates that the area was not always this salty.

The Murray River at Boundary Bend is surrounded by some very good river red gum forest.

 

This reach of the river is not part of a weir pool and free flowing with the varying river heights changing as water is moved down stream for irrigation.

 

This area is popular for camping.

Lindsay Island is part of the Murray-Sunset National Park in the far north west of Victoria.

 

The Island is created between the Murray River and an anabranch, the Lindsay River.

 

The island is mostly floodplain and is almost completely inundated at times of high river.

This is some dryland woodland during the height of the drought during the 1990s which is why there is almost no groundcover.

 

This image was taken in Moss Tank bushland reserve near Wemen, south of Robinvale.

 

The pathway is used by kangaroos to get to some cropping land adjacent to the reserve.

A darter, anhinga novaehollandiae, dries itself in the sun before a thunderstorm over Kings Billabong.

 

It must be autumn because the cumbungi lining the billabong is turning from green to golden.

 

 

The Murray River near Colignan south of Mildura.

 

Once the trees that fell into the river were removed to allow navigation.

 

But now in some reaches of the river snags are being put back because they are an important stream habitat.

These box trees in Hattah Kulyne National Park are either dead or nearly dead.

 

They are located quite a way from the river and require occasional inundation for survival.

 

These have hung on using rainfall because they have not been flooded for over 30 years.

This image happened because I always carry a camera when walking through the landscape.

 

The kangaroo and swans were just there on Ducksfoot Lagoon when I was walking past.

 

This is part of the system of wetlands in the Kings Billabong State Park.

Lake Wallawalla is in the Murray Sunset National Park and only gets flooded occasionally.

 

This early morning shot has a lovely pastel quality to it.

 

The Lake is about 100 km west of Mildura.