Posting #7 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Ah, I arrived at my destination – Kununurra – after 9 days of driving and bush camping. Here are some images around the greater Kununurra area from the first day or so.

Not far short of Kununurra, and the scenery, topography, and geology changes (after leaving Halls Creek).


Great Northern Highway 2AM-003678. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Assorted roadside grasses…


Grass 2AM-002958. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Grass 2AM-002960. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Grass 2AM-003141. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The fishing is fantastic in the Kimberley; this is a 1.14 meter Barramundi (released immediately after photo) caught on the lower Ord River.


Fisherman and Barramundi 2AM-3066. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The ubiquitous estaurine crocodiles (“Saltwater Crocodile”) necessitate care around the water.


Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004748. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004757. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004771. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.


Iconic Kimberley vistas…
If you have watched the movie “Australia” then you may recognise this geologic feature, known as ‘House Roof Hill’ – it is the backdrop to the fictional “Faraway Downs” homestead.
This image was captured very early on another glorious Kimberley morning.


House Roof Hill 2AM-003047. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The next image is “False House Roof Hill” – neighboring bluffs along the Ord River.


False House Roof Hill 2AM-003013. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The April 2014 Lunar Eclipse occurred whilst I was in this area. The following image captures part of this eclipse over a Kimberley range.


Lunar Eclipse 2AM-004793. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest artificial lake (by volume). It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is a sight to behold. Unfortunately these “roadside” images are all I managed to capture of this vast and beautiful feature – I must return and spend time above and on the lake!


Lake Argyle 2AM_3131-3134 panoramic. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An alternate view of the Ord River Dam – construction was completed in 1971.


Lake Argyle 2AM-003126. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Grass in seed along the dam wall – beautiful April conditions.


Lake Argyle 2AM-003137. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.



Assorted Critters (non-avian) – Australia, Belize, USA

Assorted non-avian critters from Australia, Belize, USA. Most taken with Canon 30D camera and Canon 100-400 mm lens (predominantly handheld). All of these animals (excepting the domestic dog and horses) are wild and “free”.

Bottlenose dolphin and red snapper.


American Alligator.


American Alligator and Roseate Spoonbills.


American Alligator - a mating behavior.


a very loud, and in this case fatal, chomp on a turtle.


American Black Bear just prior to hybernation.


American Black Bear (same individual as prior image).


Australian Shepherd and snow - not wildlife but a handsome dog nonetheless.


Bee (unidentified).


Bee and Morning Glory flower.


Another bee, another flower.


Black Iguana.


Green Iguana - cryptic coloration.


Green Iguana.


Coyote - "fearful and aggressive" behavior. This individual has been ravaged by sarcoptic mange, hence the lack of fur and the open flesh wounds. The temperature was 20 degrees F on the day I captured this image - surely this individual perished soon thereafter.


Coyote. This individual heard the camera shutter and looked "straight at me" but I was apparently sufficiently camouflaged to not "spook" it. Also, the wind was blowing strongly from right-to-left in this image so my scent was apparently not detected.


Eastern Chipmunk - too cute are these little fella's.


Eastern Grey Squirrel in winter.


Golden Silk Spider - large strong web.


Gulf Fritillary.


Gulf Fritillary - another look.


Gulf Fritillary - last look.


Horses and wildflowers.


Morelet's Crocodile.


Northern Bluet Damselfly.


Platypus - approximately 30 cm (12") in length.


"Bluebottle" (Portuguese man o' war) on the beach.


This raccoon was swimming across a rather wide lake. It made several attempts to "join us" in the boat.


Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar in our yard - feasting on vitex sp.


Unidentified caterpillar with external parasites (the white bits on the posterior 2/3).


Unidentified water snake.




Adult and "Joey" (juvenile) wallaby.


Water Moccasin.


Water Moccasin - the "business end."


White-Tailed Deer juvenile.


White-Tailed Deer buck.