|The Escarpment - Kakadu National Park|
I’m talking about Gunumeleng, the pre-monsoon season that separates hot, dry Gurrung from torrential Gudjewg in the Top End, the coast of the Northern Territory of Australia. These are the names the Aboriginal people of the area – the Bininj – give to three of the six seasons they recognize. The local non-indigenous Australians call it Build Up. The salt-water crocodiles don’t call it anything. They’re happy that the pools shrink, the Billabongs empty, and the fish are concentrated and are easier to catch.
|Salt water crocodile|
I was travelling with friends, one of whom - Jill Wilson - is a bird photographer. All the pictures (except the aerial photo above and portrait of Jacob Nayinggul) are hers.
|Unlike the slender-nosed fresh water crocodiles, the salties are a serious matter. This is made clear by posted warnings everywhere and the rather droll symbol at the bottom of the poster|
“Our land has a big story. Sometimes we tell a little bit at a time. Come and hear our stories, see our land. A little bit might stay in your hearts. If you want more, you can come back…” Jacob Nayinggul, (Manilakarr Clan).
|The iconic Jabiru Stork with lotus flowers|
|Hard to appreciate from a small image. Think of 180 degrees like this..|
|Group of spirits including Lightning Man and his wife|
Boh BohMichael - Thursday