Flying Home

It was a clear day as I flew back to South Australia from the Northern Territory yesterday afternoon, and I was sitting in a window seat, so I took some photos with my mobile phone.

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Lake Torrens is a salt lake. Unlike some, this one is above sea level, but dsc00589has no outflow to the ocean. As it happens, I went there in 2003; it is just down the road, if anything is “just down the road” in the Australian outback, from the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.  There is something bizarre about walking out onto a total flat salt bed, where there is absolutely nothing at all for miles around.

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Port Augusta.  This is a town pretty much at the top of the Spencer Gulf, about 320km north of Adelaide. Not a lot happens there.

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Port Paterson.  Even less happens there.

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Port Germein. Population 249 at the last count.

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OK, getting busier now. Port Pirie.

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They have fields around Port Pire.

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Lots of them.

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Port Gawler.

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And the last port, Port Adelaide.

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This is the outer harbour at Port Adelaide.

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Mangroves

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Salt crystallisation pans

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I took two photos of these salt pans. They are strange looking things from the air.

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The Adelaide plain.

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Hills.

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Urbanisation up to the foothills.

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The green space centre top here is St Peters College, where Jamie goes to school. They are very fortunate to have so much room for playing fields so close to the centre of a city.

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Adelaide Oval. Where they play cricket, although usually with few if any spectators these days. So they also play Aussie Rules Footie there now. Not at the same time, obviously.  New stands recently built at huge public expense.

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The new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Still being built (nearly finished). The most expensive hospital ever built in the world, apparently.

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Houses.

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Touched down and taxying in.

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The terminal. Also pretty new.

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