Parched, Outback South Australia 2020


Outback South Australia 2020


      This series captures the intricate beauty of both Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert National Parks. This was my first experience of aerial photography and it took no time for my addiction to take hold. Soaring above The abstract details of Kati Thanda and the expansive sand formations of Munga-Thirri, was nothing but extraordinary and my plans to return were already in motion before I returned home. Both areas at the time of visiting were bone dry. 

      Kati Than­da-Lake Eyre has a vast catch­ment area, encompassing from three states and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry, and is actually comprised of two lakes. The north lake is 8,430 square-kilometres and at 15.2 metres below sea lev­el, it is the low­est point in Aus­tralia. The south lake is 1,260 square kilometres. Together, they form one of the world’s largest salt lakes, carrying approximately 400 million tonnes of salt. Flood waters partially cov­er the lake once every eight years on aver­age, how­ev­er, the lake has only filled to capac­i­ty three times in the last 160 years. 

      Locat­ed with­in the dri­est region of the Aus­tralia con­ti­nent, the Munga-Thirri – Simp­son Desert Nation­al Park is one of the world’s best exam­ples of Erg desert, also known as a “Sand Sea.” It is formed of a series of static parallel dunes running north-south and is a truly humbling sight. Varying in heights, the dunes range from 3 metres to 40 metres. At 3.6 mil­lion hectares, this forms Australia’s largest nation­al park.