The Menindee Lake system have been drying up for many years and with the recent rains they began to fill again. The coronavirus travel restrictions lifted at the same time and my partner soon began the 14 hour journey to the NSW outback.
The skies were clear the whole day until we arrived. Clouds rolled over just as the sun set creating dazzling colours over the lake. It was great for the normal person to watch and enjoy but I was looking up at the clouds thinking how could this be. My partner Emma loved it as we enjoyed a bottle of red and dinner together.
The next day we explored the the lakes and enjoyed our view on the waterfront. We had smore's for breakfast and sipped on tea overlooking the lake. It was a great spot to unwind and enjoy the scenery.
I arrived at dusk to the lakeside to film a sunset to night timelapse which I have uploaded here for you. During the day I discovered this tree branched out of the water which had a unique shape and aligned with the Milky Way. It was the only one on the whole lakeside which was isolated from the around close by. I imagined before arriving there would be many to choose from and I am lucky to have discovered this one.
I spent 2 of the 4 nights photographing the same isolated tree as conditons on every night were different. 2 nights were rainy with heavy cloud coverage. One night was very windy. And one night was clear with mild winds which were ideal for the image I wanted to capture.
It was an amazing few days here and it was challenging to capture this image. Our tent blew sideways each night as the open desert windy conditions were too strong for our little tent. And we bathed using a tap in the middle of winter with cold water. Something Emma was a great sport about as I promised showers but I was wrong with the amenaties available.
With rain and clouds forecast for the next week we continued through the outback to Broken Hill where we stayed at the resort and enjoyed some comfort for the night. Emma was happy with the rom over our heads and I was happy to have visited a location I have long wanted to photograph.