Barrarina Gorge in the northern Flinders Ranges is one of those places created by untold amounts of rushing water over countless centuries.
The water has gradually cut a twisting ravine deep into a mountain to reveal the geological events on earth over many millions of years.
The height of the walls of Barrarina Gorge are impressive.
They too have a story to tell.
It’s hard to imagine this sheet of rock, pointing straight to the sky, was once the sea floor complete with all the ripples and swirls of sand you’d find on a shallow beach today.
Because the walls are so high, the winter sun does not light up the floor of Barrarina Gorge until late in the morning.
This is a bit of a handicap for taking good photos, but not impossible.
I had to abandon the tripod and there were a few apprehensive moments carrying an expensive camera and lens while teetering over a rock pool, but well worth the effort
Or where do old trucks end up? The lorry spent its declining years in an Outback collection of old vehicles until some civic minded citizens decided it was an eyesore.
It was, I suppose, originally destined for spare parts but it seems not too many of it’s ilk are still running.
The town’s looking a lot better for the old girl’s departure but it had a certain charm even in dilapidation.
It’s now just a photographic memory.
Like toys in the sandbox….but this was the scene on the rail line between Leigh Creek and Port Augusta a couple of weeks ago.
23 cars carrying thousands of tons of coal from the Leigh Creek mine derailed.
The train and its cargo destined for the power station at Port Augusta is getting through again but the repairs go on.
Two special vehicles which check the rails and the sleepers using laser technology, have been lifted onto the line and are working along the section damaged by the derailment.
These two vehicles weigh around 34 tons each, requiring a bit of heavy lifting to get them into position.
Here’s the link to the earlier pictures of the derailment.
The other half of the big panorama presentation in Arkaroola’s Greenwood Lodge project referred to an earlier post last week.
This panorama features Mt Painter on the left, Mt McKinlay in the Gammon Ranges in the far background, and the controversial uranium issue centred around Mt Gee slightly left of the tree on the right.
At the height of the drought this country in the northern Flinders Ranges was really hammered.
The situation is pretty evident with most of the vegetation struggling to hang on.
The Nepowie Range in the distance is an usual formation – old seabed pushed up by the movement of the earth’s surface.
A photograph posted earlier but at dawn taken around the same time, doesn’t show the harness of the country,
Click here to look at the image which also gives a bit more information on its location.
This photograph was taken from the Mt. Jacob Backtrack on Arkaroola.
Despite the dire situation, the land retains a subtle beauty.
Canon 20D with Canon 28-300mm lens. f22 @1/5 sec. ISO 100. Focal length 85mm.
This year seemed to have flashed by in a blur and it will soon be gone.
Things are not likely to change in at least the first month of next year when pictures during January may be a bit intermittent for several reasons.
You can take your pick of one of the excuses below:
1. I’ve sold my house and moved out.
2 The builders are yet to finish the work on the new residence (homeless springs to mind)
3 There’s no internet connection at the new place yet.
4 I will be working at a location for a few weeks in January where there is no internet connection ( not good for bloggers)
5 On my last commission I got bitten by a spider. Christmas and beyond has been spent either hobbling around or with one foot stuck up in the air.
Any desire to take photos has been replaced with much grumbling about small crawly things and the pain they cause.
You may pick any one of the above, or a combination.
However that doesn’t stop me from wishing everyone a peaceful and prosperous year ahead and a big dose of smiles and laughter thrown in for good measure.
The scene is Henley Beach Jetty in Adelaide. It was shot with a Canon 300D. Focal length 55mm @ 1/200 sec, ISO 200.
It’s not so much about the sunset but getting the exposure right for detail in the ocean and beneath the jetty.
An artist friend of mine, Tony Rosella was commissioned to create this installation which records and interprets the history of the Adnyamathanha people.
They are the indigenous tribe from around the Flinders Ranges and Tony’s creation illustrates their rich and sometimes tragic story.
Tony won a Ruby Award for the work. That’s South Australia’s top artistic prize.
It’s located near the old Wilpena Station homestead in the Flinders Ranges National Park and it’s well worth a look.
The pictures was taken a few minutes before six o’clock on a July evening with a Canon 20D. Focal length 50 mm, f16 @ 25 sec, ISO 200
The first of the season’s thunderstorms – a spectacular hour long display of electric power from a towering Cumulonimbus with almost non-stop bursts of sheet lightning.
While inspiring to watch the fireworks at the end of my street, the storm was unleashing torrential rain and a mini tornado about 50 kilometres away near Wilpena Pound.
The photograph above was taken a couple of years ago mainly to illustrate the dramatic effects of the drought which had been going on for almost a decade.
I thought it a good idea to go back to the same spot the other day. Maybe the current scene would highlight even better the plight of people on the land in tough times.