Travel Theme : Grey



This is Western Australia, the climate is brutal. Summer is hot, sometimes reaching temperatures in the 40’s. The wind would blow the fine red dust into every thing and winters are cold. Can you imagine living in this grey corrugated hut, no electricity, no running water, no insulation on the corrugated iron. The nearest shops approx. 20 kilometres away. Life would be very hard. But then imagine spring with the carpets of wild flowers all around you, the stars sparkling in the vast sky, the only sounds those of birds and the wind rustling in the trees. Yes it is hard but I think it would also have it’s good side.


Another part of life in the pioneer days was the use of camels for transport in this dry and arid land. This was a monument to these beasts of burden created, appropriately, in grey corrugated iron, another material that the pioneers used extensively in the treeless outback.




When I came to these camels, as I dug through my files of memories, it brought to mind Rajah, a magnificent ship of the desert, that I rode for 4 days across the Thar Desert in India. He is not grey but I fell in love with him and his feisty temperament.

It was way back in 1986 and the photo has been scanned from old film. The day pack hanging on the saddle horn is a dark grey so I guess it can just qualify…



Thanks Ailsa for this weeks theme of “grey“. It has brought back many memories for me.

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21 thoughts on “Travel Theme : Grey

  1. Amazing! Had no idea about the camels but it makes such good sense!

    • The Ghan train that runs north to south and back through the red centre is named after the Afghan traders and their camels. I have yet to go on that epic train journey.

  2. What a life you’ve had. These little snippets keep appearing. I love the corrugated iron camels.

  3. Yes, I’m with Meg on the corrugated camels – what a hoot. But those first shots of W. Australia are so atmospheric. I can believe in the harsh climate looking at the sad and dilapidated shack.

    • I’ve managed to get over to WA 3 times now Tish and at one stage of my life it was only a dream. It lived up to all my expectations of it. So much history over there for the short time it has been settled by pioneers. But of course the indigenous people have been there 40000 to 60000 years.

      • Yes it’s the indigenous history that most fascinates me – people who knew how to survive well (if in, and on their own terms) in such a harsh environment.

  4. Most interesting, Pauline….and what a harsh climate

  5. Love, love, love those first two shots. They shout “AUSTRALIA” like nothing else does. But I must admit the corrugated iron camels are very clever. As Meg says, you have such wonderful snippets to share.

  6. Love the sculpture, love the memories of the Thar because I have similar, thank you 😊

  7. Oh, do I love these…The camels are interesting and your climate is really tough…

  8. You do find the nicest things, Pauline (and I’m not talking about Jack now 🙂 ). Those corrugated camels are great and I love the dusty quality of that first shot too. Yes- you’ve lived, hon. 🙂

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