Saturday, September 4, 2010

¡Ay Que Calor!

This week's PhotoHunt theme is hot.

There is no denying it, the Australian Outback heats up during the summer.  When the temperatures soar  over 40° C (100° F) it become a very inhospitable place. The hot and dry temperatures drain the land of moisture and brutal hot winds generate massive wind storms. Under these conditions hundreds--if not thousands--of bush flies flourish in the unbearable heat, and emus and other wildlife head toward the mirages on the horizon. Last January we headed into the outback in the midst of a summer heat-wave. It was one of the most amazing experiences we have had.


  1. Woah, it all looks very dry as well as hot! :O

  2. No one's gonna argue about that. That is one hot place indeed. Great take on the theme.

  3. the heat in Australia must be unbearable these days. that looks so hot, humid and dry.

  4. YTSL, during the summer it is very dry.

    Ewok, thanks for stopping in.

    Life Ramblings, right now we are in the start of Spring so it isn't too hot yet, but give it a couple of days. The interior of the country isn't humid, but some of the coastal areas and up north it is pretty miserable come December.

  5. I hope it won't get as hot as last year's. I heard some parts of Australia are also experiencing drought. Take care of yourselves, Maya.

    Sreisaat Adventures

  6. Hopefully no fires, this year...

  7. Oh my! Looks like its really hot there! :)

  8. Wow! I wouldn't want to walk barefoot there!

  9. The heat seems to shimmer in waves in these hot places of Australia! Lovely collage of shots!

  10. What an interesting collection of shots. It definitely looks very hot and also so dry; very intense summer. Thanks for visiting mine and have a great weekend.

  11. definely hot photos..thanks for sharing it..

    my hot is here

    happy weekend

  12. Hi Maya, fabulous photo collage and a great take on this week's theme. Just looking at your photos makes me feel hot. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Well at least you don't LIVE in the outback...

  14. Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Sreissat, we have had a lot of rain this winter so hopefully it will help this summer.

    Mudhooks, I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for no fires as well.

    Lilian & Eds, it is a hot place.

    Vicki, shoes are a must.

    Greyscale and Miles to Go, I love the movement created by the heat.

    Annie and Janine, for me the worst part isn't the heat but the flies.

    Hi Kathy, It is a hot but very interesting place.

    Azahar, I don't think I could handle living in the outback in the summer. It would be worse than Sevilla.

  15. But Maya, it has its own beauty.

    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of drought and flooding rains,
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel sea,
    Her beauty and her terror -
    The wide brown land for me.

    All Australians learn that poem growing up and it still tugs my heartstrings after 50 years away! But I don't miss the unbearable heat or the flies!

    Happy weekend to you.

  16. JMB, thanks for sharing the poem with me. I love the outback in the summer--the only thing I hate are the flies!

  17. so hot in summer...

  18. Those are great shots. It shows just how dry and baked the land gets. I think it would be an amazing place to see although I have trouble with heat.

  19. Wow I think I will pass n the outback given that heat and Jams O Donnell do not mix! Great take on the theme though!

  20. The cracked soil is a really good picture for heat. I can almost feel it radiating up and the sweat trickling down. Great photos for the theme.

  21. where were you Maya before you came to Oz? My family on the Gold coast told me they even have a heat wave up to 50 degrees. "ast summer I was there, it was too hot for me.

  22. Ann, before Oz we were in Sevilla and before that NM. So I am used to head. I find Sevilla the worst since it is day after day of extreme heat that starts in May and lasts through the end of September. At least in NM nights cool off because of the altitude. In Adelaide it can be in the 40's one day and drop to the 20's the next-we also aren't as humid as up north.