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Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Breakaways, Central Australia

Watercolour Size 38 x 28 cms
I improvised somewhat ... to get the rich grainy, sand texture in the forefront I used some pumice stone mortar & texture medium.
The Breakaways is a protected area in northern South Australia, just off the Stuart Highway, 33 km North of Coober Pedy
It is a striking & unique example of arid landscape. From the flat - topped mesas to the stony gibber desert. The warm red tones are simply amazing.
Over 70 million years ago, a vast inland sea covered the area.
It has been named "The Breakaways" because of the mesas, elevations & plains. Looking from a higher ground of the escarpment, the hills appear from a distance as if "broken away. The site is significant for the Antakirinja Matuntjara Yankunytjatjara People whose name for the area is Umoona, meaning "long life". The region is home to an array of native fauna and flora
It is one of Outback South Australia's best-kept secrets!
I absolutely loved the area, the serenity and beauty was for me one of the highlights of my Safari trip through Central Australia.