What do you think of when you hear that title, the racehorse of the desert?
When I read it I immediately thought of a camel. Quite fast when they want to be and appropriately adapted for running in sand. We have quite a few wild camels here in Australia, in fact, we have the largest wild population of them in the world. Considering that they are an introduced species that is quite an achievement.
Anyway, I would never have connected that particular title to this vision of a gigantic lizard, would you?
It is a pity there isn’t anything in the top photo to use as a scale but I think we will all agree, that is a lizard that would have been left to go his own way, unmolested by pretty much everything. If you would like to see a similar photo here is one from 1935 I posted a while ago of a 6ft long Bungarra with a wary dog for scale although I get the feeling todays Goanna is even bigger….*
After the wonderful clarity of the photos of an 1934 outback christmas I used in my post yesterday I went back to that particular paper to see if they had any other gems and these guys were on the very next page. Fortunately this time there was a note as to who took the picture and we can thank Mrs. E. Lambert and E. Tindale for these pictures.
*Here is a link to an earlier post with a youtube clip of a far more recent encounter with a goanna, this time the goanna is helpfully perched on a backyard bbq for scale. They are smaller these days, but still impressive. 😀
I love living in Victoria, over the course of a week you just never know what kind of meteorological shenanigans you might be subjected to. It is wet today and are listening to flash flooding warnings. We were cooked on the weekend, it was 39°c. I should have done my washing then instead of going out, it has no hope of drying today!
The rain is stretching all the way from NSW through Canberra and into northern Victoria. Near Shepparton there are evacuations going on, with houses being sandbagged all over the place. Unfortunately for the residents of Tallygaroopna, I have seen an ABC News reporter splashing through the water in the bar of the Tally Hotel giving a flood report.
Southern NSW has been experiencing a large amount of rain for quite a few days. I have heard reported (among other things) that the city of Broken Hill was experiencing flooding. Earlier in the week a couple and their baby had to be rescued from a swollen creek on the Silverton Road.
In 2008 we stayed in Broken Hill for a few days on our travels, and from those memories it is hard to imagine such an arid place being flooded. We also visited the tiny town of Silverton, 25km north-west of Broken Hill, and just loved it. The claim to fame of this tiny desert town is that the Mundi Mundi Plains on its outskirts supplied the post-apocalyptic wasteland we saw in the Australian movie classic, Mad Max 2.
Yesterday I saw the pictures of an extremely wet Silverton on the news. It was such a contrast to my memories that I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos of our hot and dry day there with you.
Following is a (ridiculously long) link that will take you to an ABC news report. It has a photo gallery of very un-desertlike shots taken this week by a Silverton local.
(Nearly) Max's Interceptor. 'Pray that he's still out there, somewhere....'
A very hot group stumbling back to the pub for some (age appropriate) refreshments.