A quick visit to Halls Creek on the weekend to collect a backlog of mail and parcels. I was almost caught out of town once again by the Wet.
I set off home this morning just in time. I ran into a storm that caused the Shire to close the Tanami Road even as I was travelling on it. Rain and flooding added over an hour to my trip.
I had to wait at one creek crossing for the water level to drop a bit before I could drive through. I took this photo just before I waded the troopy across after waiting about three quarters of an hour, in which time the level dropped almost half a metre. Even so, the water was over my wheels. This is why it is advisable in the Kimberley to drive a 4WD diesel vehicle with high clearance and a snorkel.
Such is the pattern of weather here that though the first part of the road from the Great Northern Highway as far as Ruby Plains was inundated by the downpour, shortly after wading the creek I was driving on dry dusty road that had not seen a drop of rain for at least a week. At Wolfe Creek and again just before I got to Bililuna I encountered more puddles and mud. The troopy, which I had cleaned nicely after the rescue trips out bush last week, is all muddy again.
At one point I had the good fortune to spot some brolgas dancing on the roadside. I stopped to take photos. Unfortunately my presence upset them and they headed away into the bush. Shooting from the car made getting a clear shot through the trees tricky on full 600 mm zoom. Most of the best display poses of the dance were obscured.
I have not yet mastered the new Sony.