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Flying Termites.....

We got our first big storm a couple of nights ago with 48mm of rain falling in a couple of hours. That's more rain in 2 hours than all of November, and probably more than the last 6 or 7 months combined. Let's hope that's the start of it.

The flying termites - or Alates - were out in force!

Thankfully insects haven't been problem so far. But these little guys certainly do get active after the rain. All those termite mounds you see dotted across the Kimberley - this is how they begin their life - as swarming masses of flying termites before they go off to build a new mound and start a new colony.

This is what I love about the lodge and the job; nature isn't this thing that you look at from a distance or you connect with occasionally - it's the essence of the place and a massive part of my day to day existence - even of that means picking flying termites out of my chest hair. Sexy. :)

Better remember to close the hatch next time.....


Hi Gary

Thanks for sending this to me. Unique pictures/videos that I enjoy very much. I look forward to seeing many more. Such a great opportunity for you to be on the Mitchell for the wet. I am pleased the rain has started too.

Yes the rest of this year's trip went well for us. We have already organised and booked for 2020. Going out to Kunnanura via the tar and then back the same way then up to the Dampier Peninsula for 3 nights. In Broome we are staying out at Billi Resort. We love the area and are drawn back every year.

You will never forget this wet season.

All the best,



Dec 04, 2019

Gary in stoic calm with thousands of visitors👍🏻🤣🤣

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