The sunburnt, red landscape of central Australia is usually celebrated for its unrelenting heat. But at this time of year - winter in the Southern Hemisphere - it's the cold that rules.
And for many people that means one thing: beanie season.
If you use the definition of the organizers of Alice Springs' just-concluded annual Beanie Festival, a beanie is "any head gear whose primary function is warmth."
But that doesn't mean people here settle for austere wool noggin warmers that you'd wear through a New England winter.
A good beanie is handmade, colorful, bound to inspire giggles and rivalries and, occasionally, even a good debate.