Being on ‘The Lands’

I revisited The Lands in the Central Australian Desert for work last year and made a collation of clips and photos using my iPad. I thought it would be a good choice for my first ever blogging attempt considering how this place has forged its way into my heart.

 

The joys of driving in the desert... barren dusty road on the trip out, raging flood waters a couple of hours later.
The joys of driving in the desert… half of a barren dusty road turns into raging floodwaters within a couple of hours.

The Lands are a special part of Australia rarely frequented by people other than those who are living or working there. Occasionally there will be a grey nomad in a Prado or an ill-equipped backpacker in a soon to be wrecked Sedan, but it is not unusual to sit for hours by the dirt road and see no sign of human life besides the tracks left from the vehicles that went before you.

 

The only metal structures for a couple of hundred kms are, for future reference, not an ideal place to take shelter during a huge lightening storm in the desert...
The only metal structures for a couple of hundred kms are, for future reference, not an ideal place to take shelter during a huge lightning storm in the desert…
Rubber wheels and seatbelt... later found out on Google that this would've been a better choice!
Rubber wheels and seatbelt… later found out on Google that this would’ve been a better choice!

 

There is a resonance on The Lands that comes from the earth and the sky, through the wrath of a dusty wind and then its cool gentle stillness supported by the coarsely silken ochre sand. Your soul can not help but sink deeply into itself. Spectacular and strong, simultaneously abundant and barren, The Lands has everything contained within its immense breadth and power, with utter contradiction and clarity. Coming from the city to be on The Lands is to make a journey into God Herself, whether you want to or not! Even the most hard hearted are struck down with a depth of awe by this place.

 

 

I respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of The Lands and am grateful for the permission which was given for me to live and work in this special place. This is often a tag-on sentence written or said to be politically correct, and I admit that I do like to be PC, but I absolutely mean this with my appreciation, respect and gratitude.

 

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and FYI- the music to the video clip is ‘Badimo’ by Xavier Rudd from the album Koonyum Sun- not a musician from this area, but a common soundtrack for many a long, contemplative and bumpy troopy ride!

 

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