Something you really need in the country is a sheep dog. These dogs pretend to be sheep dogs, which means they will chase the sheep, even in the direction you dont want them to go...They make a great companion and are fun to watch, especially when they swim in the dam.The dog on the right is my dog Jessie, the dog on the left is the farmers dog...more
These lambs became the farmers pets after they were orphaned. They are so cute when they are young..Unfortunatley when they grow up, they kept getting inside his house and eating and destroying things, so he eventually put them with the flock, where they proved to be rather confused. They still come up to you when you move the sheep, pet lambs...more
Something a lot of farms are famous for, when an old car breaks down, or a piece of farm machinery stops working, most farmers just dump it somewhere on their property, probably because they lack the means and money to move it to a dump, many of which are 50 kms away or more.more
This is a train that runs to Kalgoorlie, the goldfields region of Western Australia, hence the name. It is very cheap to ride if you have a student card, you can ride one way for about $15 and the seats are very spacious inside. You can buy some food as well, like pies and chocolate bars.
I am not making the country sound very good, but another insect you see a lot of are ants, and particularly giant red ants which can give a very very painful bite (I think you have to go to hospital if you are bitten). They also seem to hang around the house. Luckily they are not aggressive, they wont try to bite you.more
Australia is famous for its variety of spiders, insects and snakes. And at Koorda you get a lot of them (though I have never seen a snake there). The spiders can be HUGE also, though mostly they stay outside. Inside you can get large huntsman spiders, though they are harmless. If you leave a light on outside, bugs will swarm, and where there are...more
Another environmental problem in the wheatbelt is that of spreading salinity, soil that become crusted with salt and often waterlogged, become useless for crops or stock use. It is caused by the removal of native vegetation in the past, replacing it by short rooted seasonal crops. As these crops do not use as much water in the soil as native trees,...more
The month this picture was taken, a drought had been affecting the wheatbelt area for 4 years. It caused problems such as no water for stock, dust storms, top soil erosion and wheat stubble meant for sheep food being blown off paddocks. This picture is of a paddock that has had all its stubble blown away.more