We've been a long time without rain. The well is running dry. We can see rain in the distance, but it seems to pass us by. For the groundwater round the well to rise we have to have rain right here!
I'm spending a lot of time wandering alongside the local creeks at the moment! The light here is difficult to catch, and at somepoint I will take some time to get it right.
Another day at the side of the creek. I spotted this spider on it's web with the water behind it. The spider looks as though it is in a shell like hard body, but as far as I could see, getting quite close, the shape and pattern is just made from a very fine fur.
I suspect that the ants are worshiping the moon, building little sculptures and textured drawings by sorting out all the fine sand from the hard bits of grit. Some ant tribes build crescents; this one has gone for the full moon.
We've had a few days of sudden showers now... Nobody minds the chance to cool off a little and feel some clear water running through the hair!
Missing the colours of Autumn - I'm drawn to the old leaves under the surface of this creek. I'm not sure if I should have avoided the sky reflection on the water or whether the contrast adds to the picture, keeping some sort of third dimension in there...
Really not up to standard, but it was the only photo I took that day. Shot into the light, on purpose, just for fun, as the sun was setting. Not a great result!
Dadanawa Ranch is an interesting place, full of history. This old stove in the big kitchen is a good representation of the whole ranch. Solid, large and purposeful it is now slowly rusting away and isn't really being used anymore.
After a full day of bright sunshine and some fantastic running (all barefoot) in the school selection 'track' day, a sudden storm hit during the relay race. I got soaked, but it was well worth it to see this dramatic finsih to the race, and to the day.
The local schools are holding selection races for a regional inter-school sports event in a couple of weeks. The swimming races showcased some interesting styles - but it was a fun day for all...
This dance celebrates the process of making cassava, which is a long, tiring process. Part of the actual process was shown on Day 203. Here, the dance has moved on past the peeling, past the grating, past the squeezing in special woven tubes, past the drying, past the frying, and (I think) onto the eating!
I think it was an early desire of mine to have a parrot as a pet. This parrot is clearly the pet of Raul, pictured here. The only problem is that the parrot listens to Raul being called, and scolded, by his mother all day. So most of the time the parrot just calls 'Raul, Raul, Raaaaaul!' and then sometimes, in that despairing voice which only mothers (and parrots) can do 'Rauuuuuuuul!'. Despite this, Raul still loves his pet parrot.
Very similar to a picture I posted about two months ago, but the exposure is slightly better on this one. Sadly, the depth of field isn't quite there. I'd prefer full clarity along the length of the wings. Maybe it will be third time lucky!
It really seems to be the season for children to head up the nearest tree when they have some spare time. Maybe its cooler up there, but I'm sure the ants must be a problem.