My horse and I, first ride back after a few months of drama for my horse with a foot abscess.
Birds on the wetlands. A few weeks before this photo was taken this whole area would have been under a good few feet of water.
Sunset one afternoon down at the station.
First crossing of the river for the 2011 dry season. Yes, there are very big crocodiles in this river! This river, during the 'wet season' floods and is part of what cuts us off for 4-6 months of the year, the other part that cuts us off is the wet lands before this river.
I do have a photo somewhere taken from the air of the wetlands and the river all linked up but can't remember where I've saved it.
We don't have the normal Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring seasons like the rest of the country has. We have the Wet season (December - April) Dry Season (April - September) then the Build Up (September - December). The Wet Season is pretty much just massive monsoonal rains and storms. Dry Season is obviously no rain but the weather is just gorgeous. The Build Up is the worst time of year in this part of the country as it is just horrendously hot and humid with massive banks of clouds that doesn't produce much in the way of rain. There are a few other little 'transition type seasons in there but they're the main ones.
I lived in Jabiru for 10 years and Pine Creek for 3 before that - hence my big break from horses. Worked for the Conservation Commission back in those days and was involved a lot with the salt reclamation and control studies.
Used to travel up to the Coburg Peninsula for weekends. Awesome. Unfortunately work dictated that we move.
It's nice to hear that your boss would spend the money on a vet to look at the horses because so many wouldn't (or couldn't) meet the expense.
Well I'll be makin_tracks, that crossing would be mightily familiar to you as would the community on the other side of the river where I live Ever catch a barra or two at Cahills?
We do regular pizza runs to Jabiru, the bakery does awesome pizzas and it's well worth a 120k round trip in the dry season!
I don't work on the cattle station out here rather in the community for a private aboriginal organisation that looks after the outstations. If you went camping up Coburg way you probably stayed at one of our outstations...Wiligi is a popular spot, as is Sandy Beach and Waminari. I just run my horses on the station and we do a bit of shooting on the station as well. The station was acquired by the ILC (Indigenous Land Corporation) a few years back thus it's pretty much a Federal Government place so flying a vet out wasn't a huge expense in the grand scheme of things.
You are right, most people would just shoot the horse, horses are like another Landcruiser to some people out bush. I don't want to know what I'll do if one of my horses develops a swamp cancer though
Did recognise the crossing. Never went barra fishing (not really my thing) however did see the photos of a fisherman who became croc bait at that crossing. (he was standing in chest high water as the tide came in mind)
Eerie feeling walking along the banks and knowing you are being sized up for dinner.