|Lake Ballard, Menzies, WA|
Lake Ballard is a two hour drive north from Kalgoorlie. There is a lot of mining activity so the roads are great but I hate to think of the effect on the environment. It's a very modified landscape. - it appears like bush from the road but there are open cut mines everywhere.
|Paddington Mine north of Kalgoorlie|
Lake Ballard is attracting attention because of a public art installation. Antony Gormley has created 51 cast sculptures and placed them on the lake's surface, spread out over quite a distance. Apparently it takes about three hours to walk around the whole lot but we only walked to about six of them. The surface of the lake was damp but firm. It looked spectacular in the sunshine with a mirage trying to convince us that there was water 'just over there'. And there were lots of plants flowering as well.
The lake is also well known in the birding community because when there is a rain event and the lake fills (it's a very rare) the Banded Stilts appear in their thousands and start nesting on the low islands in the lake, feeding on the brine shrimp that have been lying dormant in the lake bed. That must be a spectacular sight.
|Gormley sculpture, Lake Ballard|
|Mirage, Lake Ballard|
|Gormley sculptures, Lake Ballard|
|Road from Lake Ballard to Menzies|
|View of Lake Ballard from Snake Hill|