Parachilna Ruins (IR)

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 18 August 2016

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This is on fourth day of the Flinders Ranges workshop ..

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It started off a normal morning as we got up and wandered round near Merna Mora Station.

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Then the incident at the US base at Pine Gap coloured the morning somewhat.

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After that, everything was different.

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Of, course, you won’t read about these things in the newspapers.

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Some areas were more affected than others.

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You’d think they’d know better than to play around with their nuclear weapons.

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So we stopped by a pub but it seemed to be closed.

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We couldn’t find any bar staff no matter how hard we looked.

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Curious taste in interior decorations, though.

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Still no bar staff to be found.

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Looking from one window to another.

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We are not far from the red heart of Australia.

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You’d think there might at least have been a skeleton staff.

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Though clearly the insects were getting out of hand.

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So we visited nearby Nilpena Station and perused the range of modern agricultural machinery in their showroom.

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In a place like this, it is important to take note of the local landmarks, just in case you become lost.

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Nilpena Station and Moralana Track

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 18-19 August 2016

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This is on the fourth day and the morning of the fifth day of the Flinders Ranges workshop ..

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I think these first four images were taken in the early morning from near Merna Mora Station where we were staying.

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Again, the mountains on the outside of Wilpena Pound, but with a different foreground.

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Silhouetted sheep in the morning sun.

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In the afternoon, we headed north along the main road. This is an abandoned house near Parachilna.

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The we visited Nilpena Station.  Sturt’s Desert Peas in the garden.

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This is a tawny frogmouth (an owl) in a tree beside the house.

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A few old farm vehicles were lying around.

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And the cattle thoughtfully arrayed themselves around a windmill.

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Next day, we headed out along the Moralana Track, starting not far from Merna Mora Station.

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There were rainclouds around but it did not rain.

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Eucalypts offer lots of bark patterns and colours.

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There were some wildflowers, too.  Native daisy of some kind.

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Native hibiscus.

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Don’t know this one.

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Still along the Moralana Track.

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