At the heart of the greatest wetland on Earth lies a handful of remote mountains known as the Amolars. Here giant spiny sentinels stand guard over the parched ground while two-headed beauties dance in the warm breeze.
A wooden shack at the foot of these mountains is home to an indigenous elder, the last of his tribe. His people may have almost gone but the petroglyphs carved by them will remain, adorning the rocky outcrops that glisten in the mid-day sun.
The elder told me that this mountain and the two-headed flowers were very special to his people.
With his permission I climbed the mountain and saw them for myself. The pink and yellow heads are a burst of colour against the dry, brown earth.
After thorough research I've now come to the conclusion that this is the very rare flower Hippeastrum belladonna. I took the photographs below. Can anyone confirm that I am correct? If it is then it was a real treat to see this rare species.
- Paul Williams
The Amolar Mountains
The Last Elder
I've seen petroglyphs identical to these in the outback of Australia.
The Spiny Sentinels - Giant Cacti
The Two Headed Beauties - Hippeastrum belladonna