Photographer Peter Elfes captures the continuing green flush at Lake Eyre, following unprecedented flooding.
THE LAKE EYRE catchment authority was so impressed by pictures Peter Elfes took of Lake Eyre filling in 2010, that when rain leaked its way into the basin for an unprecedented third year in a row last year, they told him to spend a week in an open helicopter documenting the landscape.
The nickname of the Lake Eyre Basin - the saline footprint of the world’s largest ephemeral lake - is Australia’s ‘dead heart’. But in his 2011 trip Peter witnessed its resuscitation; after decades of absent rain his images document a landscape now bursting with life.
Under whirring blades, in bitterly cold wind and at the mercy of moving frames, he shot new vegetation creeping across the landscape and hidden minerals resurfacing in the water.