Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world; 70% of it is either arid or semi-arid land. Arid zones are defined as areas which receive an average rainfall of 250mm or less. Harsh as it may be for human settlement, visually, from an aesthetic perspective, when immersed in the wide open spaces emotions can run high. It may be the colours – blue and cool, yellow and warm, pink or grey and, at times flaming red. Then, of course, there are the orange hues, the primary colours of this place may be so intense that they can blind the eye, especially as the sun moves from twilight through to the harsh light of noon. Or, as it is for many, arid lands can be more about texture which become especially evident when viewed vertically from around 1,500 to 3,000-metres as I have over the years from a varied assortment of aircraft. This huge passing canvas can be tantalising, to say the least. As for artistic credit, I often muse to myself that the wind, water and aeons of time deserve the artistic acclaim long before we mere mortals.