Monday, December 27, 2010

August Trip To Broome-Part one.

At last I have had time to sort the photos from our road trip over to Broome in Western Australia and back, we did in August.We took Grant's Mum Audrey,my Mum Nancye and Tim.There is something magical with the light in the Kimberley area and all the colours seem richer.On the first day we left home early and made it to Kununurra just in time for sunset.We climbed up the old look out which is higher then the current one.It gives you a beautiful view over "Hidden Valley".This is a smaller version of the Bungle Bungle's (also known as Purnululu National Park).

Sunset form the look out looking West.

On the way back to our cabin we noticed the darkening sky was awash with flying bats off to feed for the night.

The next day we woke to find a fresh water crocodile basking in the sun near our cabin.

The view across the water to "sleeping Buddha elephant" rock.At certain angles it looks like a Buddha figure and an elephant at others.

We visited The Grotto again on our way to Wyndham.I stayed at the top with Mum and Audrey and Grant and Tim scampered down the worn stone steps to look about the bottom.
Mum(at right) and Audrey at the top standing in front of a Kapoke tree that is in flower.The flowers smell like bubble gum!!.
In The Grotto Grant spied a Mertens water monitor soaking up the sun on the rocks.

We continued on to Wyndham to show Mum and Audrey The Prison Tree.On the way out to The Prison Tree we stopped at some Aboriginal rock art that Grant knew about.

I had forgot how big The Prison Tree was.It's an ancient Boab that had a window cut into it.It was hollow inside and was used as a crude prison.There are several littered thru the Kimberley and some had bars in the windows as well.That's Mum and Audrey standing at the front.

I climbed in and Mum and Audrey peered in framed by the black inner walls.

Where branches have died and fallen off they create natures sky lights.Here is one taken with the flash on from inside the tree.

and flash off with the sunlight streaming thru.

After Kununurra we drove to Hall's Creek and used that as a base to drive to other areas in the Kimberley.Near Hall's Creek there is this amazing natural quarts seam called "The China Wall", that has been exposed and looks like some ancient white wall amongst it's bush surrounds.

On the rocks we were standing on Grant found this cute ring tailed dragon.

The next day we went of to the Bungle Bungle's.Once again I was in awe of this ancient cone shaped mountain range that we visited a few years back.Here is Mum and Audrey at the entrance. I took some lovely photos the last time we were there and a little video.So iIwont put as many up this time.Besdies we couoldn't take the older ladies on some of the walks we did last time as they are not as agile as us.

The striated beehive cone mountain formations are everywhere and I take a zillion shots of them again...they have a magnetic pull...I love this place!!

Mum and Audrey have never been here before and they are as fascinated as I was at seeing this amazing place.Here is Mum flanked by the ancient mountain range.

I'll let the photos speak for themselves:-

Cathedral Gorge.

The entrance to Echidna Chasm.

Audrey dwarfed by the Echidna Chasm walls.

Tim, Audrey and I taking a cool breezy break in the Echidna Chasm.

Mum and THOSE beehive's again.

Aerial view from the helicopter ride Mum and Audrey took.

On the way out of the Bungle Bungle's we spied an iconic Dingo.

Part 2 to follow...a trip of treasured sights and memories.The Australian bush holds so much light,colour and ancient treasures.It's my dreaming and my muse.


Annette In Oz


Alison said...

love the photos. Would love to visit those places one day. In the mean time I have to make do with drooling over pictures like yours and my parents who also spend a lot of time camping around Oz. Thanks for posting the photos.

Chris Arlington said...

Fabulous photos, well done. There is nothing more contenting than nature. I am afraid of most reptiles. Especially if I don't know if they are poisonous. I did enjoy seeing them. They are all God's creatures so we do have to respect them. The Dingo is a beauty. Your next post has great photo's also. Such a talented lady.

Hugs, Chris


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