Australian Weather Calendar - June 2014

June photograph by Peter Elfes Photography

Outback oasis springs to life

Northwest New South Wales was a spectacular sight in May 2011, says photographer Peter Elfes. 'Rivers had breached their banks and run into the desert for hundreds of kilometres. There was water everywhere and we were in the middle of the desert. That's bizarre, right?' Peter was doing an aerial photographic survey of the region for the NSW Western Catchment Management Authority. He says the kaleidoscope of colour is due to the bauxite, iron oxides and clays in the soil reacting with magnesium salts, lime and other minerals dissolved in the floodwaters. Algae and mosses were flourishing. 'To me, this is a good example of nature at its most beautiful.'