On the way home tonight we saw this little creature shuffling across the road. I jumped out with the camera, trying to get pics of the echidna before it tried to hide. Unfortunately I didn't get its face close up - that would be the few shots of dry grass I snapped while I raced from the car. Look at those spikes though! And see how washed out and brown the grass is already - this time last year, it was still green in November.
We haven't had rain for about 6 weeks - it's going to be a long, hot summer.