We left Mataranka and headed up the Stuart Highway to Katherine. There was washing and shopping to be done , the car was due for a service, Dianne had to catch up on some bookwork and I wanted to do some painting along the river.
Katherine river in the dry season is lined with huge distorted paperbarks and Pandanas Palms. As you walk along the river bed evidence of the wet season floods can be seen in the tops of many of the large trees. Huge logs and branches suspended 20 to 30 feet up. All the trees slope in the direction of flow
Walking back towards the town I found this palette 30 foot up a tree. It’s hard to imagine that much water.
During the dry everything looks peaceful and sedate. In 6 months time all this will be under metres of fast flowing water.
Next month we will be back in Katherine with with the International Artist Workshop. We will be staying in town and visiting the gorge.