As Lake Eyre in South Australia continues to fill for a record breaking fourth year thousands of square kilometres of Australia’s arid regions are changing from barren deserts to an almost mythical world of colourful oases.
For the past four years award winning photographer Peter Elfes has documented Lake Eyre and the Central and Eastern desert regions of Australia. His upcoming exhibition, Green Desert presents the outback in spectacular and often surprising colours, capturing the beauty and remoteness of this environmentally and culturally significant part of Australia.
The Green Desert is a free exhibition with the photographs being displayed across two Sydney venues: Customs House at Circular Quay and The Palm House in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Customs House exhibition runs from February 2 to May 27 while the Palm House exhibition runs from February 1 to 28.
Photograph of the Barrier Range near Broken Hill in far western NSW. Photo by Peter Elfes.
Mineral deposits colour an ancient desert river that has lay dormant for many years.Photo by Peter Elfes.
Early morning light streams through clouds reflecting on Lake Eyre. Photo by Peter Elfes.
Pelicans float on the surface of Lake Eyre. Warmed by the sun and desert sands the water is filled with algae.Photo by Peter Elfes.
The recent floodwater begins to transform the desert from a burnt red oxide moonscape to a tropical oases.Photo by Peter Elfes.