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In the Flinders Ranges you might be lucky enough to see some Sturt's desert peas if there has been recent rain. These ones are in Kingsmill Gorge near Arkaroola. They look especially good when backlit by the sun, although they are spectacular in any light.

They are named after Charles Sturt, the first explorer to reach the desert area of central Australia. Sturt was impressed by the beauty of these flowers in the barren desert. He famously carried a small boat with him on his trek into the dry heart of the continent, convinced there was an inland sea there. He got that wrong, but he did get a flower named after him, as well as a desert and a highway and numerous streets all over the country.

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Additional Photos by Vincent Morand (vjmite) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 31 N: 776] (4216)
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