With a little imagination this could just about be anywhere in the world.
I can imagine it being in Canada, the United States, even many places in Europe.
But it’s in the Flinders Ranges looking down the Aroona Valley towards Wilpena Pound.
It was one of those scenes that is quite striking when you come across it.
Something that is worth a photograph.
It looks almost out of place in the Flinders due to our unusually wet spring and summer.
Shot at f22 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 400. Focal length 190mm with the usual Canon 5D MK II and a 28-300mm lens
I have no idea what bird it is. The Oodnadatta Track is probably not its regular haunt.
But like so many other creatures, it’s taking advantage of all the bugs (that’s a scientific term), frogs, tadpoles and little fish that are having their day in the sunny pools and streams all over our sodden outback this summer.
A typical coastal scene anywhere around Australia, except it’s about a thousand kilometres inland, up the Oodnadatta Track.
I don’t know what attracted me to take this shot.
Maybe it was the light falling into the shadowed glen.
Maybe it was the tangle of leaves and branches or the bonsai look, if you use your imagination.
At least it wasn’t easy, particularly trying to avoid the lens flare coming in from top right.
Arkaba Station, central Flinders Ranges
f10 @ 1/100 sec. ISO 200 and one stop down exposure compensation. Canon 20D with 28-300mm lens, focal length 60mm
A vast expanse of rocky endless plains with few visible landmarks seen from Nilpena Station south of Leigh Creek, northern South Australia.
Mt Deception in the distance on the left, the Bayley Range near the old Beltana township on the right.
To see the area Click Here for a detailed map.
Using the arrows on the main map you can scroll around to see other locations.
The southern side of Wilpena Pound taken a couple of years ago.
The ravages of the long, drawn-out drought clearly evident in comparison to some of the photographs that have been published over the last couple of weeks.
Even so, there was still a beauty that even the harshest drought could not suppress.
I wonder if you can pick some big differences to the previous shot of Wilpena Pound in the South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
This is the opposite side of the pound, taken from Arkaba Station and not far from the Moralana Scenic Drive.
It was also taken before all the recent rain. There is not that ”sparked up’ vibrant look that’s very evident now.
As is the case around Mt Mary’s Peak on the north side, the wall of the Pound is very imposing here too.
And about five kilometres closer to Wilpena Pound that the last two images.
The morning light once again and another eight shot stitching exercise.
The reason for so many pictures joined together – the ability to print really big with very clear detail throughout.
The challenge with these shoots is to get a good composition as well as the big panorama.
It’s worth noting just how much this country is bursting with life.
The joy of taking this shot in the afternoon.
A contrast from yesterday’s morning shot of almost the same scene – St Mary’s Peak and Wilpena Pound from Bunyeroo Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.
Climbing to the top of this vantage point meant dodging the many Golden Orb spider webs strung between almost every tree.
In the morning, of course, when going up the same hill for the previous panorama it was a different story. You were climbing in the dark.
Shot with the same camera and lens as the previous panorama at f22, shutter speed 1/30 sec with a 2 thirds stop down in exposure compensation at ISO 200. Focal length 28 mm.
The morning sun highlights the distinctive formations leading from Bunyeroo Gorge, south to Wilpena Pound.
St Mary”s Peak is in the distance, one of the standout features of this Flinders Ranges icon.
I know there are a few people who like to know the technical details. This was shot at f22, 1/3rd sec ISO 100 using a Canon 5D Mk II with a EF24-70mm f2.8L USM lens.
After a lot of experimenting this is one of the first panoramas where I’ve used eight photos stitched together.
All were shot at a focal length of 50mm.
Confining the panorama to this blog page limits the effect a bit.