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Top o’ the Morning #4

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #19

It’s breakfast time!

A brown honeyeater displays his determination to get to the sweetest flowers.

A juvenile spotted bower bird helps himself to a pomegranate.

And a honeybee finds these blossoms irresistible.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Top o’ the Morning #3

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #18

It’s not an Australian bush camping trip unless you’re woken at sunrise by the raucous “laughter” of the kookaburra. The largest of the kingfishers, kookaburras call out every morning to re-establish their territory. Usually one bird starts before the rest of the family group joins in, reminding nearby groups of their presence.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Top o’ the Morning #2

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #17

At the start of the day, the rising sun casts a golden glow over the bush.

It’s breakfast time, but the kangaroos stop grazing for a while to watch us watching them.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Top o’ the Morning #1

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #16

Out at Gubberamunda State Forest where the grass trees grow, the morning sun struggles to shine in an overcast sky. It’s cool now, but once the clouds burn off the temperature quickly rises.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Over the Top

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #15

After recent rain in the Cunnamulla area the Warrego River was full.

Just outside town the muddy water flowed freely over the top of the weir before heading downstream towards New South Wales.

A single pelican cruised along on top of the water, riding the rapids in search of lunch.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Topsoil – Blowing in the Wind

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #10

Today we’re taking a slight deviation from the road trip to add further to yesterday’s photos of the vulnerable topsoil out west. Elaine wondered what it would be like to witness the effect of wind on the loose soil and I have the perfect images to share.

One afternoon in late January we were travelling on the Newell Highway through western New South Wales. On the horizon we noticed an unusual cloud.

As we headed north towards Parkes the cloud continued to grow. It became apparent this wasn’t a storm cloud. It was a giant cloud of red dust and it was heading our way.

By the time we reached Parkes the dust storm was upon us, bringing with it lightning, thunder and torrential rain.

Visibility was reduced to a few metres as the rain, clogged with dust carried for thousands of kilometres from central Australia, poured down. The next day, everything was coated in a layer of red mud – all that topsoil blown away in the wind.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

Topsoil

Western Queensland Road Trip Square Tops Challenge #9

After seven years of drought, a flash flood didn’t seem likely the day we drove to Eulo.

More of a worry was the lack of protection for all the precious topsoil in the paddocks. With the ground cover long ago died off, it would take just one dry, windy day for the soil to be picked up and blown hundreds of kilometres away.

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.