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My desert story

Published 23 Sep 2021 by Margaret Stockill (volunteer)

I was hesitant about going out to the desert to volunteer for Bush Heritage in January this year. It’s such a long way and it’s dusty and hot. But a trip to Craven’s Peak Reserve was available and I thought I should – don’t I always say,“if you haven’t tried something, don’t knock it?”

So we went – our friend, my husband and me. It was amazing! Beautiful – breathtakingly beautiful! And fun. And I felt like we really contributed to the cause as well – helping out with jobs around the place. It felt good to leave the place much improved since we got there; it was very satisfying.

So, when the opportunity came up again to go to Ethabuka Reserve in June, I was keen as mustard! It was amazing to experience the desert in the middle of summer then again in the middle of winter and it was just as beautiful! There is something about the desert that gets under my skin. It’s mysterious and remote and untamed. And it touches me and resonates at a very deep level and I love it!

I saw a saying:

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself!

Yes.

I took some amazing photos mainly of skies. The sky is SO BIG out there!! You never thought the sky could be so big! And the sunrises and sunsets just blew my mind.

Spinifex is prettier than any fancy showy flower! The colour of it just as the sun rises and touches it with those first gentle rays against the background of red sand - I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. I just want to keep going back! Maybe Ethabuka again in December! I hope so!

Margaret Stockill
(proud Bush Heritage volunteer)

Margaret Stockill. Margaret Stockill.
Spectacular desert sunset. Spectacular desert sunset.
Spinifex colours in the setting sun. Spinifex colours in the setting sun.
Remnants from old stockyards. Remnants from old stockyards.
Sandy track through the grasslands. Sandy track through the grasslands.
Tree silhouette at dusk. Tree silhouette at dusk.

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