The Australian bush at dawn at both stunningly beautiful yet fraught with danger. Australia has some stunning light and that is what we notice every time we return home from overseas. These are some photos that we took at dawn as we came home through the bush last weekend.
It is actually a very dangerous time to drive in Australia, as this is when you are most likely to hit a roo (kangaroo) or a wombat. Cute as you may think that these animals are, they are a very frightening prospect as you hope that one won’t jump at your car at this time of day. Dawn and dusk are the most perilous times to travel in the Australian bush, as this is when they come down to the roadside perhaps in search of moisture from the grass alongside the road.
There is a reason that there are so many kangaroo and wombat signs in Australia. They are a very real and frightening hazard. They can and do cause serious injury to cars and people. Swerving makes it worse even though that is the instinctive reaction. We had to leave at this time and took it very steadily. We did have a number of roos dart across in front of us, and one massive wombat that would have taken our car to pieces had we come in contact.
While we kept alert, we also stopped fairly frequently to admire the spectacular light of the morning.