Tuesday, 12 August 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY




D IS FOR..........DIAMANTINA RIVER

The Diamantina River flows through central Queensland, in a SW direction, through the Channel Country, becomes the Warburton River, journeys on into South Australia, and, if there is enough flow, eventually into Lake Eyre.


We first glimpsed the Diamantina in 2002 and returned in 2003, to camp on her banks at Old Cork Station, on our way to The Kimberley. I'll quote from my diary...

"Sitting in peace & solitude, high on the banks, overlooking the coffee-brown waters of the Diamantina...budgerigars feed nearby, gorging on grass seeds...this place is so beautiful,peaceful, redolent of history in the abandoned homestead."

Breaking that peace, above, are Tim & Peter, zipping around the river in the tinny.

Most of the country along the Diamantina is flat & rough, and is used for grazing cattle. The photo below was taken in 2002, along the Diamantina Road, when the country was in the firm grip of drought.



Old Cork Station was featured in my post "Loo With A View", just below the Divas' post, and will appear again later in ABC Wednesday.

Mrs Nesbitt does a wonderful job hosting ABC Wednesday and in this link,you'll find links to loads of great D posts.

33 comments:

Texas Travelers said...

Nice photos and I learned something new.
Thanks for sharing.

The Duo Divas work very well also.

Nice "D's" today.
Our "D's" are Done, Click here.
We added a Dragonfly update.
Troy and Martha

me ann my camera said...

A very beautiful geography lesson with visuals! Thank you.

Liz said...

It does look very peaceful. And so dry.

Elizabeth said...

Looks amazing!
Maybe one day I'll get to Australia.
It looks a little like Morocco.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Wow... such amazing photos and I really do enjoy the literature along with it as well! Great post!
Mountain Retreat

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Great photos, and choice!

photowannabe said...

Thanks for showing me a part of the world I'm not familiar with. Glad there is more water now.

leslie said...

Great post! Strange to see such brown water but then our Fraser River is kind of like that in spots, too, because of all the silt. Does the river ever go dry?

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I've never seen a river that color! This was a very interesting post! Thank you!

babooshka said...

Very interesting educatoinal choice

Marie said...

Beautiful photos and nice lesson of geography. Well done!

Anu said...

Thank you for your comment on Mumbai ABC Wednesday
Beautiful river and the surroundings. A great coffee brown tour with my morning cup of coffee.
Happy ABC Wednesday.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

our rivers often have a flow problem in winter - always a precious thing, rivers.

Bear Naked said...

Your photos of the Diamantina certainly shows the coffee-brown colour of the river.
This was a very interesting and informative post.
Thank you

Bear((( )))

magiceye said...

very pretty pics and intersting post.

RuneE said...

Totally different from my habitat, and thus very interesting reading. Thank you for the info!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent .. I do like walking by rivers... the post below is also a great 'd' post..

Denise said...

So very different from the lush green fields I see out of the window.....sadly lush green due to the heavy rain we had all day yesterday, oh and rain is forecast today as well!

kRiZ cPEc said...

nice view!

Gordon said...

A great post; lovely photos and interesting info. It is one area I have not visited.

nonizamboni said...

This was such an intereting post about your land far away yet so similar to the state of Idaho where I grew up. And I appreciated a peek into your diary which really gave a sense of peace. Lovely!

Ackworth Born said...

great post and you actually mention budgerigars in your post - I did too and ellen b didn't know what one was but she googled and found out!

Miss_Yves said...

A great lesson of Geography!
I love the light in the fisrt photo!
miss Yves

ArneA said...

Love to have blogfriends from Australia. Your country is huge.
Only been to Sydney (and Manly)

lv2scpbk said...

Good choice for "D" today.

ellen b said...

Love touring you part of the world with you. This is the 2nd time I've seen the word budgerigar?
Googled it the first time to see that it's a parakeet you are referring too. I love learning new things...

Tommy V said...

Great post. That is one muddy river. Perfect D for ABC Wednesday.

Nydia said...

A great post with something I
didn't know about! Thanks for it!

Kisses from Nydia.

Rambling Woods said...

I love to see photos of Australia and thank you for your kind comments regarding my daughter getting her Ph.D

Jules said...

Ahhhh this makes me homesick - i so love the outback - it just fills my soul............ and my boots with dust!!!!

Gretchen said...

Great shots! I've always wanted to visit your country. Now I can experience it through your eyes!

Dragonstar said...

Excellent informative post. Love the "Loo with a View" as well!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very nice post. I read it with great interest. I had to look budgerigars up too and found it is a small parakeet.

I also thought these are beautiful photographs.

Abraham