Anangu (Local Aboriginal) don't go by Piranpa (non-Aboriginal) dates
- "We only go by our own seasons....We know which fruits and foods
we get during our seasons - that's what is important to us".
© Barbara Tjikatu
This is when the piriya comes - a warm steady wind from the north and west. Animals
breed, food plants flower, fruit and seed. Hibernating reptiles come out and
the honey grevillea is in bloom. This is a good time for hunting kangaroo.
There is not much food around at this time. This is the hottest season. There
is Marutjara (storm clouds) and lightening, but little rain. Lightning strikes
can start fires.
This is when utawari (overcast clouds) usually bring rain. During this season
the food plants flower. If the rains are good there is plenty of fruit and seed.
(usually April, May)
The beginning of the cold weather and this is when the Park's reptiles hibernate.
Tjuntalpa clouds start around April but usually don't bring rain. They come from
the south, mainly by westerly winds. Tjuntalpa sit low over the hills until late
in the day.
(late May, June, July)
The cold time, when there is nyinnga (frost) and kulyar-kulyarpa (mist or dew)
every morning but little rain.