After 52mm of rain fell over the course of two days it’s wonderful to watch the landscape transform on the edge of the Simpson Desert.
Reserve staff are currently happily “stranded” on Cravens Peak Reserve being cut off by the Mulligan River on the Boulia and Bedourie roads.
Signs of a good soaking include Darling Lilies (Crinum flaccidum) springing from the soil, flooded claypans in the dune swales transforming into ephemeral wetlands teeming with shield shrimp (Triops australiensis) and a host of water birds visiting the desert lakes. Everything is keyed into this time of plenty.
It’s such a stark contrast to three weeks ago when we had a run of five over 50°C days and things were perishing.