I quite enjoy getting out and about to take photographs but haven’t been motivated or enthusiastic about it for ages and ages. Spending this time in Darwin has helped inspire me to take photos again and so every opportunity I get I like to get out with my camera and lenses to see what pictures I can take.
Last week we had a long weekend because it was Australia Day here and me and the Aussie decided to drive down to Fogg Dam and see if we could find some crocodiles or failing that take some nice photos.
According to the description on Facebook the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is a wetland area approximately 70 km east of Darwin which attracts a wide range of local and migratory water birds and other wildlife including one of the largest populations of snakes within Australia and Saltwater Crocodiles during the wet season.
The area itself is beautiful and everywhere you look whilst visiting in the wet season you see birds, flowers and on a good day stunning skies.
A road runs up between the banks of the dam and there are a few spots where you can stop and take a closer look over the water at viewing platforms. Of course crocodiles can jump quite high so you can’t stick your head over to far!
It is rumoured that there is at least one crocodile living at Fogg Dam who has been known to wander up and down the road and even do a spot of sunbathing which is not always so convenient for anyone trying to get down the road. You would have to be pretty brave/crazy/stupid to get out your car to encourage a croc to move.
We didn’t see any crocodiles this time and there were a lot of birds standing in the water which suggests that there might not be any living there but I don’t think I would risk it.
After spending some time at Fogg Dam we moved on to the Windows on the Wetland building which is a kind of museum complete with a viewing platform at the top of the hill so you can look out over the wetlands and watch the world go by. It certainly puts in to perspective the extent of the flooding and makes you realise that even if you can’t see it the wetlands are full of water.
I also found it quite funny that there are news reports in the UK that a crocodile has been spotted in Bristol which is the city where I used to work. It seems like we were on some kind of exchange program and the crocodile is enjoying the British lifestyle whilst I enjoy the Australian lifestyle.