‘Wild Things’ Kangaroo Island.


Fur seals on Kangaroo Island (Photo: Mitch Reardon)
The island also has a fascinating human history.
Evidence of stone tools and campsites indicate that Aboriginal people inhabited the Island as early as 16,000 years ago and as recently as 2,000 years ago.
Why the Aboriginal people abandoned Kangaroo Island, or when they last lived there, remains a mystery.
The first non-Aboriginal people to live on Kangaroo Island were sealers, escaped convicts and runaway sailors, seeking refuge in the early 1800s, and leading a self-sufficient life trading salt and skins for spirits and tobacco.
Surf fishermen on the beach at Hanson Bay, Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area, south coast of Kangaroo Island.
A month after Captain Flinders made the first recorded European sighting of the Island, the French ship, Le Geographe, under the command of Nicolas Baudin, also arrived.
Baudin mapped much of the rugged south and west coastlines and many of the features along the coastline still bear French names.
Reeves Point became the first formal settlement in South Australia in the mid-1800s.
Historic sites include the first European cemetery, post office, early houses, the original jetty remains, and an ancient mulberry tree that grew from a cutting brought out from England.
Grasstree (Xanthorrhoea semiplana tateana) and sugar gums (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) dot the landscape in this post-bushfire regrowth area near Western River, north central coast, Kangaroo Island.
Read more via Kangaroo Island: Where the wild things are – Australian Geographic.

Another Day, Another Dust Storm.

Another day, another dust storm
Photo by Tina Mould Haigh · · From Pic of the Week
Recovery from the Pinery bushfire has been a slow process.
It has been hot and dry and I seem to always be gazing to the heavens waiting for rain.
Whenever the wind blows, the dust storms come creeping over the parched ground, removing our precious top soil and depositing it elsewhere. On Thursday 17th March the dust came again.
Ahead of the cool change there were strong winds which really got the dust billowing in front of it.
I stood out the front of our property and watched it rolling in, covering over everything in its path.
I captured this photo of my son walking down our driveway towards me from where we had been fencing.
Hamley Bridge SA 5401

Source: ABC OPEN: Another day, another dust storm || From Project: Pic of the Week

Historic Olivewood Estate, 1889.

IN THE semi-arid Riverland area along the Murray River, there’s a grand old Canadian log cabin that is an oddity of the landscape.
And behind the log cabin there is an American-inspired barn from 1890, full of antique citrus processing machines.
If only the walls of these buildings could talk, they would tell a tale of early settlement like no other.
This is Olivewood Estate in Renmark, South Australia, built in 1889 by one of the three Canadian Chaffey brothers, who were brought out from the US to establish Renmark — and Mildura — as the first irrigation settlements in Australia.
William, George and Charles Chaffey were Canadian-born, and were working in California on irrigation projects when the Victorian and South Australian governments approached them to set up settlements here.
”What followed were several tough years to attract new settlers and establish the pumps, channels and infrastructure for irrigation, with Mildura and Renmark taking different paths to settlement”.
While the towns today are the result of this settler work, Olivewood Estate is a more personal reminder of the Chaffey brothers’ impact on the landscape.
Charles, who established Olivewood, chose a Canadian-style log cabin and US-style barn, on an original 60ha property, which is today 12ha.
Since the National Trust took over management of the building in 1979, volunteers have worked to attract visitors and keep the property viable.
Alongside the homestead, the barn is filled with machines donated from local citrus farms such as a 1910 stemmer and grader.
Next to the barn is a reproduction olive crushing mill and oil house, again full of donated items such as photos, a wedding dress, and a large display of dental equipment.
At the front of Olivewood the Charles Chaffey Centre showcases Renmark’s history.

It is four museums in one, including a Printing Museum dedicated to the old days of hot metal composition and letterpress printing production.
The Images that follow include some taken by Old Guv letterpress printer Bob Downs from his recent trip to Renmark and Olivewood. Thanks Bob.


Source: Historic Olivewood at Renmark is remarkable for its architecture and horticulture | The Weekly Times

A Bonney Storm at Barmera,.

101896A Bonney storm – By Kirsty Morrell · · From Snapped: Water
I came for the sunset and left with a storm!
Earlier in the day I had been disappointed to learn that an approaching thunderstorm was going to miss where I was situated for my snaps but as luck would have it, the weather bureau had it wrong.
The storm passed right overhead and it was one of the most incredible nights of my short photography life, over 80,000 lightning strikes were registered across South Australia that night.
Barmera SA 5345
via ABC OPEN: A Bonney storm || From Project: Snapped: Water.