The memory of a dust storm that hit north west Victoria,
the swirling mass of air and dust bearing down. The colour
of the soil a vivid red, the clean, clear blue sky ahead of
the storm with the swirling mass of red relentlessly overtaking
it. The seeming flatness of the mallee plains offer a wide
view of the storm approaching across a huge expanse of sky
creating a sense of urgency and wonder. The clearing of the
mallee scrub and the planting of crops is a contributor to
the instability of the topsoil and a precursor to these storms.
The salt lakes in north west Victoria are visually stimulating
with crusts of white salt surrounding them, some have vivid
pink waters from the algae that is growing in them. The surroundings
are barren, only the scrubby vegetation that can survive in
this area is visable alongside large piles of salt that are
being mined commercially.