Tuesday Treats: Textiles abound in the wide outdoors

I promised to write more about our outback great escape from work holiday and I’ve been keeping this story for Tuesday Treats.

Many of the 705 photos that I took were of the plants that we saw on our holiday, and I was especially taken with the trees that were in flower.

Eucalypt Gum Blossom along the Birdsville track

I found this pretty flowering gum near our lunch spot at  Moongarra Channel on the way to Birdsville

The lone gum tree in the middle of the Simpson Desert is a “must see” point of interest for most travellers

This Coolibah, known to travellers as the “Lone Gum tree” , was one of the  “points of interest” in the middle of the Simpson Desert.

No one knows how this tree, that is usually found along watercourses, managed to establish its self in such an arid location but it now has several young trees growing nearby. (The toy Koala was apparently put amongst the branches several years ago by a traveller)

Someone thought they would test the visitor’s powers of observation

We saw  patches of corkwood along the road when crossing the Simpson Desert

These straggly corkwood trees had very interesting blossoms

Hidden treasures can be found amongst the thorny leaves on desert trees.

The blossom was prolific on the corkwood tree

There were some amazing flowers and gum nuts on the trees in the garden of our luxury bed & breakfast accommodation at “Stone Hut”

The flowers are pretty but I’ve always been fascinated by these gumnut clusters

But the most amazing, and truly textile related, photo is not one that I took.

This amazing yarn “bombed” tree can be seen 44 km from Renmark. Photo by Narelle

We zoomed past this yarn bombed gum tree on the Stuart Highway.

It was the last day of the holiday and the driver was in homeward bound mode, determined to complete the last 730km of our trip to reach home that evening.

This surprising image is probably only truly appreciated by people who have travelled through country Australia and can appreciate the distances between towns. 

It was literally in the “middle of nowhere”, 44 kilometres from the nearest town to the west and 100 kilometres from the nearest town to the east.

Find out more about  how to create a “yarn bomb”

You really do find textile treats in the most amazing places.

3 Responses

  1. […] you are a regular reader you may have noticed that my “escape the office“ breaks all have one thing in common. ……  I try to go somewhere out of reach of […]

  2. Hi Helen, We were amazed at the amount of vegetation and plants in flower. Some of the sand dunes were a mass of yellow & white poached egg daisies. I guess the ground appreciated the extra rain over the past two years.

  3. The outback is very rich in flowers, for such a dry place.

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