Brachina Gorge (IR)

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 20 August 2016

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

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This is in the morning, somewhere near Merna Mora Station.  You know what they say about red skies in the morning.

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Several hours later we are now at Brachina Gorge (as for all the following images except the last one).

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This section of tress has been severely affected by crown of thorns starfish.  Having polished off the Great Barrier Reef and bleached all the coral, aided by agricultural and industrial runoff, climate change and government neglect, they undertook the long crawl to South Australia.

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Something seemed different about the landscape that morning.

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Or maybe it was just the aftereffects of all that red wine the night before.

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This is the road through the enchanted landscape.

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Eucalypts in their autumn colours high up on the hills.

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A quiet corner, somehow almost like a Japanese garden.

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Bare trees pointing to the sky on the distant peaks.

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Maybe there were psychedelics in that wine.

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And finally, here we are out the back of Parachilna.

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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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