I walk under the sun along the Bararanna Trail. The track takes me through a landscape of red rocks. It looks dry and desert but it is not. My gaze wanders through the rocks to dwell on the colorful spots present all over the place. The plants are in bloom. Green, red, white, purple, yellow, red. A festival of color.
In the Australian bush the native plants have interesting names: bush-banana, bush-tomatoes, native curry, sturt’s desert pea, etc. Apart from the name, they have little in common with the plants from which they took the name. For the uninitiated, the bush is a frightening place, filled with dangerous animals, without water and food. For specialists, Aborigines or bushmen, the bush is full of resources. Most native species are edible and water often hides close to the surface.
In the Flinders Ranges there are no permanent rivers. Except when the creeks are abruptly filled after heavy rains, cutting roads and making the displacements difficult, water is absent from the landscape. Or that’s what you think. Instead of rivers, there are Waterholes. Around Arkaroola there are a dozen Waterholes. These are permanent water holes whose level varies according to the seasons. Stubbs Waterhole and Bararanna Gorge are probably the most beautiful. Oasis in the middle of the desert, the water holes attract all the fauna of the area. The opal green color of the water contrasts beautifully with the red of the rocks.