Back in Menindee

Life was busy lately, organising the house and packing the van to get away to Menindee. Organising the house so that my friends could move in while we are away. But now I am up here. If you have followed my blog for awhile you will know that I am up here as part of the Beckler’s Botanical Bounty Project. I am part of a group of botanic artists who are collecting the plant specimens that were collected by Dr Hermann Beckler on the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860. Our intention is to have paintings of each of specimens. We have been coming here for a few years now, so we are the pointy end of Beckler’s list. (If you would like to find out more, click on the Beckler’s Botanical Bounty category on the right hand bar. Normally I would give you the link, but it is a little hard to do at the moment.

Next time I will post some photos of us collecting in the field and working in the Civic Centre, but for now I will just give you some photos of the water. Menindee is in the arid outback region of New South Wales, near Broken Hill. Normally it is dry up here. Last year there were grave concerns about having any water in the Menindee Lakes system. However, the rain further up the Darling River is gradually making its way down, and now Lake Pamamaroo and Copi Hollow are well over half full. Lake Menindee will begin to fill soon. Recent rain in the area has added to the water, with big puddles and mud patches around. A most unusual sight!

Copi Hollow, over 60% full

Below is a photo of Lake Pamamaroo from last year, 2015.  The plant I collected and painted was growing about 30 metres from the sandy shore if the lake.

This is the lake now! 


9 Comments Add yours

  1. acflory says:

    Wow, those before and after photos are amazing. Hope you packed you gumboots! 🙂


    1. anne54 says:

      Yes I did pack gumboots — very fancy pink ones — but I bought them more to go stomping around the bush. I figure snakes would have a hard time munching through gumboots! Gumboot make me brave.


      1. acflory says:

        Hah! Yes. I have gumboots for the same purpose. Hope your gumboots don’t have to live up to their promise. 😀


  2. ladyredspecs says:

    The lake was full when I saw it last. What an exciting project to be involved in Anne. Enjoy…


  3. What a great project Anne, I’m looking forward to hearing more!


  4. katechiconi says:

    Gumboots, and an umbrella. All that lovely water should make a few dormant items poke their heads out, I’d think. Happy collecting!

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  5. EllaDee says:

    I’m so happy for the dry areas where it has rained but equally happy our travels and its haven’t particularly coincided… to date… that might change over the next few days though. The forecast for SA looks quite damp.
    You are a great ambassador for Menindee, I’m really looking forward to spending time in the area one day.


  6. KerryCan says:

    Wow–so odd to see the lakes dried up, although I guess it’s happening in many parts of the world. Your project sounds so interesting–and so worthwhile and important!


  7. anne54 says:

    Thanks for all your comments. The iPad makes it too frustrating to reply individually. The Project is an interesting, an important one, as well as being good fun!


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