In the northern area of South Australia you'll find Lake Eyre (pronounced "air"), the lowest point of Australia at approximately 15.2 meters below sea level.
As Australia's largest Lake covering 1,349,251ha it attracts the lowest annual rainfall of the country with annual mean precipitation of about 100mm.
Named after Edward John Eyre who first sighted it in 1840 it consists of two sections: Lake Eyre North and Lake Eyre South, joined by the narrow Goyder Channel and was a permanent saline lake from 5000 to 10,000 years ago.
In the last 200 years there have been only three major floodings (when both Lakes become one) the last occurring in 1974.
Current surface water level is approximately 80% due to recent rains (the best in a decade) and water is expected to stay in Lake Eyre North till at least late 2011.
Shot from an remote location 200 kms from the nearest homestead, these pictures illustrate the cyclical nature of the Lakes weather patterns now that water has returned to this unique area of Australia surrounded by desert.
And yes, the thumbnail image has a horizon in it - that thin black line. The rest is water and sky!
Music by Hans Zimmer, soundtrack from Frost/Nixon.
Thanks to photo-artist & filmmaker Murray Fredericks and also Trevor + Cindy Mitchell.
You can check out Murray's multi-award winning Documentary "SALT" here;