The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Port Augusta, South Australia.

Nature's beauty

A snippet of the colour found inside the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Garden. The garden, on 250 hectares and with a backdrop of the Flinders Ranges, had its roots in 1993 and is now home to a vast array of arid zone plants and intricate garden displays.

Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia.

Nature's beauty uncovered at Sawn Rocks. Images copyright www.karenhodgephotography.com.au

Anzac Day. Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia.

A large crowd young and old alike lined the main street of Narrabri in North West New South Wales for a poignant Anzac Day march. The march was followed by a service at the Narrabri RSL Club. Images strictly copyright Karen Hodge Photography.

Boggabri fire

The NSW Rural Fire Service took to the skies in a battle against a fire near Boggabri in North West New South Wales on February 12. The fire razed one house and left one firefighter injured. The large grassfire left residents on edge, happening on a day of catastrophic fire conditions in New South Wales and scorching 47 degree heat.

Into the bush.

Discoveries in the Wingham Bush Nature Reserve in Taree, New South Wales, Australia. Images copyright www.karenhodgephotography.com.au

The storm hits, emergency workers respond.

A behind the scenes look as emergency workers in Narrabri, New South Wales, respond to a fierce storm that ripped a path of destruction across the township. Teams including State Emergency Service volunteers from the local and surrounding areas, local Fire and Rescue workers and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) volunteers, were involved, attending more than 100 calls for help at properties and businesses.

A day at the wildlife park...

A few of the characters at the Waterways Wildlife Park near Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia. Images copyright www.karenhodgephotography.com.au

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.

Explorations in the outback mining town of Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia.

Winter wonderland at Mount Kaputar, NSW

Snow falls on Mount Kaputar near Narrabri, north west New South Wales, creating a white winter playground for those braving the cold. All images copyright Karen Hodge Photography.

Off to the zoo....

Some of the characters at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.