In a little park overlooking the town is a large metal tree. There is a sign at its base which reads:
" This tree represents the burnt out remains of one of the first trucks reaching Coober Pedy in the early 1950's.
Once featured on page 1 of the National Geographic Magazine, it was the first tree in Coober Pedy."
My quilt is from a photograph I took when I visited in 2000. That was a time when Lake Eyre was full of water and the desert still had a green tinge from the rain it had received.