Friday, 25 February 2011

SkyWatch Friday; Sky and Earth;

   Stony Desert;

Sturt Stony Desert (previously Sturt's Stony Desert) is an area in the north-east of South Australia, named by Charles Sturt in 1844, whilst trying to reach the exact centre of Australia.
The stones caused his horses to limp and wore down the hooves of the cattle and sheep which Sturt had taken on the expedition.
The larger Simpson Desert is located to the west and the Strzelecki Desert is to the south east. To the south west of Sturt Stony Desert is the Tirari Desert. The Birdsville Track is a route between Marree in South Australia and Birdsville in Queensland. The desert is part of the Tirari-Sturt stony desert ecoregion.

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  1. Wow, that really is just stones there! Is there ever any vegetation there?

  2. A very bleak place to travel, for sure. I always think of desert as sand not stones.

  3. Doesn't it make you wonder about its geological history!

  4. That is one bleak place!! And I agree, it does make you wonder about its geological history! Terrific capture for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!


  5. EG,some mulga scrubland and flowers in spring!

    VioletSky, no I did not think it was bleak. In an abstract way it is beautiful. The stones are all sharp edged, heavy, dinosaurus time!

    Hildred and Charles, yes it does.

  6. I wouldn't want to walk across there, but it makes a beautiful photo.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Interesting story to go with your photo. Fantastic choice for your skywatch!

  8. I can why the stones gets into the hooves. They are small and have sharp edges. Not for me to walk on either...

  9. Stark, but beautiful in its own way. Australia is so diverse and has so many beautiful and interesting spots. Love to go back again sometime. Nice post. Mickie

  10. Hi - not the kind of place you would want to get stuck in! Still, it has a sense of space to it!

    Stewart M - Australia

  11. Fantastisches Bild, bestimmt eine Wunderwelt im Frühling, wenn es blüht.
    Schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüsse

  12. What an amazing composition, it looks like walking on another planet.
    Australia is such an interesting continent, so different from all others.

    I've posted this comment earlier, but the form vanished before I pushed the button.
    If you've got both of them, please delete one.

  13. hi titania, i love this photo. a few years ago i travelled in the simpson desert. i fell in love with the landscape. cheers, c