Here’s one tough tree.
The Calitirs Pine is pretty common around the Flinders Ranges.
It is sometimes confused with the Cypress “pine’ but is no relation.
Used extensively in days gone by for housing, mining and for fence posts, the Calitris is termite resistant – a big advantage in these parts.
It is said the Calitris pine is one of the few plant species to survive the transition over millions of years from rain forest area to what is now semi-arid country.
That makes them pretty hardy trees as can be seen here on the rocky slopes of the Warraweena Conservation Park, east of Beltana in the northern Flinders Ranges.
The western side of the Flinders Ranges seems to be in vogue in recent posts.
Here is another one which was taken six years ago from the western slopes of Warraweena, a former sheep station and now a conservation park, looking north towards Leigh Creek.
I seem to remember coming out of the more rugged country on Warraweena onto this beautiful vista with the The Bayley Range is in the far distance.
Most of the counhtry is on Beltana Station.
The road leading into the hills and mountains of the Warraweena Conservation Park, northern Flinders Ranges.
The late afternoon sun from time to time, lights up the hills around here with a distinctive hue that starts off red and runs into purple.
Invariably it only last for a few minutes but you can see a touch of it in this photograph of the track leading from the old Sliding Rock mine to the Warraweena homestead.
f3.5, 1/100 sec ISO 100, hand held.
Stoney Steiner and his lovely wife Gina run the Warraweena Conservation Park tucked away in the mountains of the northern Flinders Ranges near Beltana.
Rocky heights like this are plentiful for the energetic visitor with perhaps a glimpse of the elusive yellow-footed rock wallaby to be found there.
An approaching storm adds a little drama and the possibility of a soaking.
Income from visitors to Warraweena keep the conservation project going.
A full moon rising behind the ruins of the Sliding Rock mine on the Warraweena Conservation Park, northern Flinders Ranges.
The night before a full moon, as in this case means the moon has risen at about that same time the sun is setting so there is still plenty of available light.
It can pay to know where the moon is going to rise and have a composition worked out beforehand which was not the case here……just a fortunate opportunity.
f22 @ 1/10th sec, ISO 1600. Canon 5D Mk II with a 28-300mm lens
Warraweena, a favourite place to visit in the Flinders Ranges.
A wider view of the hills and mountains of Warraweena. The Dinosaur’s Back, which featured in an earlier photograph this month, is part of this image.
The hills and mountains of Warraweena Conservation Park, northern Flinders Ranges.
Unfortunately in the blogger system, this image has lost a lot of the original colours .
The golden glow from the early morning sunrise has been washed out.
Sliding Rock, Warraweena Sanctuary, northern Flinders Ranges
Sometimes the best views come from the most inaccessible places. The Warraweena Conservation Park in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges has such scenes but not all as hard as this to reach.
Shooting landscapes in summer has its rewards and the photography rule of shooting in the early morning or late afternoon isn’t always true.
This photograph was taken at about 4pm daylight saving time with the temperature around 40C.
Dawn finds the Warrioota Creek (which starts in the mountains on Warraweena in the northern Flinders) flowing after 10 or so millimetres of overnight rain.
The Warioota runs through some very beautiful country on Warraweena then Beltana Station and into Lake Torrens.