A new display in the glass cabinet in the museum.
Here is a photo of the new display in the glass cabinet in the museum. I had a lot of fun making something beautiful out of found objects. There is a carpet of delicately pale blue glass, remnants of previous times here at Coward Springs. The skulls, bleached white, are of a camel, a dingo, a fox, rabbit and small snake (maybe a blind snake??). And for a bit of colour? A few scattered butterfly wings.
It is starting to warm up, temperatures have been in the high 20s to mid 30s over the last few days. I’ve noticed that any campers staying over are spending time in the museum in the afternoons. It’s lovely and cool and there is plenty to look at and read. Of course there is a lot of activity centred around the spa as well. With the bubbling artesian water at 29 degrees it is now starting to feel refreshing by comparison with the ambient air temperatures. Great for weary drivers and even better for the kids.
This is one of my favourite times of year. The nights are still cool but the days are usually warm (low 20’s the last few days). Our safaris have finished for the year so we are back here at Coward Springs, catching up on maintenance (and doing a bit of bird watching or soaking in the spa in between)! For travellers it is a good time for visiting the region and camping here for a few days if you are not in a hurry. The school holidays are over so it is a bit quieter both here and on the roads. August is coming up and that is usually our quietest month - and the best weather. So start planning and get up here for a bit of warmth if you are tired of the coastal cold.
Even the camels have a snooze
Here are some photos I took between Marree & Coward Springs on April 28th. As you can see the road is in good condition and there is a lot of greenery (and drying grasses) after the summer rain. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.409802769041615.93035.354764971212062&type=1
It has been a quiet start to the season - great if you are one of the few who are travelling this way. Last night we had only 3 campers (all caravans) and they were delighted to have the whole place to themsleves. We of course would prefer to see a few more of you. So get yourselves up here - before everyone else does!
http://www.portaugusta.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=1167 If you’re in Pt Augusta between now & late May, have a look at this exhibition at the Yarta Paurtli Cultural Centre. There are photos by Reg Dodd, paintings by Lyn Hovey & Prue Coulls and more…
Images by Prue Coulls and (with special thanks) Alison Buck, Ria Byass, Jane Greacen, Sally Hartley, Bronwen Jones, Juan Carlos Restrepo, Nick Richards, Schoey, Rwth Stuckey, Julie Spielman and John Wilson.