The last few days have been hot, somewhere in the mid 30s and quite a shock after the last few months which have been pleasantly mild. The sun just seems to have a little bit more bite to it, more than enough to induce sunburn and a sure sign that summer isn't very far away. The clouds have been building up during the last couple of afternoons and with a bit of luck we'll get a storm before next month is over. The ground is frighteningly dry and the cattle have just about chewed down anything that sticks out of the ground and is remotely edible. What I noticed today, and it was an unpleasant realisation, was that the flies are back with a vengeance. While I was wandering around in the bush today they were back to their annoying best, heading for the eyes and mouth, and merrily buzzing around. I'm not sure where they've been but I wish they'd go back there.
Today was fairly memorable, I saw my first croc in the wild. After 25 years in Australia I saw my first 'freshie' or Johnston's crocodile. Not knowing a great deal about crocodiles (large, dangerous, sharp teeth, kill people etc) I checked out a few sites. It seems the 'freshie' can get quite big, up to 2.5 metres long and weigh as much as 60 Kgs and more than capable of giving you a very nasty nip. I think I'll just give them a wide berth from here on in. It's not a great photo but it was taken on max zoom (10x) from well over 100 meters away on the highest density setting. To my eyes it looked a lot like a floating stick but the little Olympus SP 500 has more than removed any lingering doubts I may have had.