Posting #10 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A collection of images from Lake Kununurra, Lily Creek Lagoon, Ivanhoe Crossing, and the iconic Cockburn Ranges – all proximal to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A delightful boat ride up Lake Kununurra – the dog enjoyed the trip, especially the breeze in its face.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003377. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003403. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003421. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003422. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of the numerous and delightful inlets along the way.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003435. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The exposed geology is fascinating and stunning.

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The Kimberley region has numerous sites with indigenous rock art; this particular location is very near to Kununurra.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003475. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003480. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003483. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003485. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003487. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The view from the boat ramp on Lily Creek where we began and concluded this trip up Lake Kununurra.

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Lily Creek Lagoon with ‘Sleeping Buddha’ in the background.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003502. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Off on a road trip now, just outside of Kununurra…

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Highway Outcrop 2AM-003079-003082 panorama © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of images of vehicles crossing a small creek on El Questro where we stopped off for a refreshing dip (swim).

El Questro 2AM-003308. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

El Questro 2AM-003319. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Not far past El Questro, on the famed Gibb River Road, is the Cockburn Range which is adjacent to the iconic Pentecost River but the river was flowing too much for us to make a crossing. There was an unfortunate couple stranded during their attempt at crossing – their front axle fell into a deeply eroded hole resulting in a cracked oil-pan or something similar, necessitating a tow out of these croc-infested waters.

Cockburn Ranges 2AM-003366-003368 panorama. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Having captured this late-afternoon image of a man fishing for barramundi with a live bait on a hand line at the fast-flowing Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, I moved on to shoot other nearby compositions. This area is accessible for the numerous salties of the Ord River and is also thick with barramundi. Soon after I moved I saw this fisherman in a mighty tug-of-war battle that, with the aid of the deep and rapidly flowing water, soon had him precariously close to taking an involuntary bath! Ultimately he was saved the ignominy as his large gauge hook was straightened, thus losing whatever was on the end of the line!
The Ivanhoe Crossing is no longer open to vehicles.

Ivanhoe Crossing 2AM-003178. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The next blog posting will contain images from Marlgu Billabong and Wyndham.
Until then, cheers.

 

 

Posting #9 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Other than the first two images, this post contains only aerial views of the Kununurra area, captured from a Robinson R22 helicopter owned and operated by Top End Mustering.

This is the helicopter for the trip, and the pilot – Ty Rankin (of Top End Mustering).

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Helicopter and Pilot 2AM-003668. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Helicopter 2AM-003669. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley savannah and a portion of the lower Ord River – Ivanhoe Station.

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Helicopter-and-Ord-River-2AM-003625. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Below the dam of Lake Argyle, the Ord River Diversion Dam holds back Lake Kununurra, which gravity feeds the Ord River Irrigation Area with water via the Main Channel. The Victoria Highway crosses the river here.

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Ord River Diversion Dam 2AM-003654. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Downstream of the Ord River Diversion Dam; the lowest reaches of Lake Kununurra meander to the upper left of the image, then beyond.

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Ord River Diversion Dam 2AM-003638. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

River flow below the Diversion Dam.

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Ord River 2AM-003616. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

These next few images capture some of the irrigation ditches and the agriculture that depends on them.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003541. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003567. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Though a variety of crops are present (and others tried previously), these are Indian Sandalwood.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003555. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003554. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Great cattle stations abound in the Kimberley, and this savannah, like those throughout the world, look resplendent after the rains.

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Kimberley Savanna 2AM-003535. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Kimberley Savanna 2AM-003528. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Kununurra 2AM-003604. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A pair of graves on a station near Kununurra – DEACON, Thomas, died 28.6.1905 (age 49) & DURACK Neil Joseph, died 28.11.1920 (drowned, age 30).

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Gravestones – Ivanhoe Station 2AM-003608. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Bordering the irrigation area are numerous ranges such as this.

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Kununurra 2AM-003530. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Edging and among the ranges there are numerous waterholes such as this, many with waterfalls (during/after the wet).

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Kununurra 2AM-003597. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Back to the immediate vicinity of Kununurra: This is “Sleeping Buddha”/Elephant Rock on the edge of Lake Kununurra.

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Sleeping Buddha 2AM-003512. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Sleeping Buddha floodplain 2AM-003517. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Two views of Lake Kununurra Golf Club – one of the hosts for famed the Ord Valley Muster.

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Lake Kununurra Golf Club 2AM-003662. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra Golf Club 2AM-003664. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The next post will feature Lake Kununurra – I hope you enjoyed this post.

 

Posting #8 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Mirima/Hidden Valley National Park – Kununurra, Western Australia.
Bungle Bungles in miniature – located just minutes from Kununurra, Mirima/Hidden Valley is a small park with sandstone ranges, cliffs and valleys, similar in appearance (and formed by similar processes) to parts of the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park). The 350 million year old sandstone features within the park are subject to some striking colour changes due to sunlight variances.

Here is the ‘mini Bungle Bungles’ (a portion of Mirima/Hidden Valley), viewed from a helicopter, including the town of Kununurra, Lily Creek, Indian Sandalwood plantations, and a portion of the surrounding ranges.

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Kununurra and Mini Bungle Bungles 2AM-003518 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003519 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden-Valley-National-Park-2AM-003533. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Okay, back on terra firma – time for a wander through Hidden Valley…

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003277. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003262. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003180. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003224. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003281. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003284. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003200. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003206. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003249. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003259. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003273. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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).

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

Assorted roadside grasses…

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Grass 2AM-002958. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Grass 2AM-002960. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posting #6 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Into the Kimberley Region…

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China Wall – a quartz outcrop.

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China Wall 2AM-002820. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A light painting of China Wall.

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China Wall 2AM-002895. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The very refreshing, and aptly named, Palm Springs.

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Palm Springs 2AM-002836. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A ‘selfie’ in Palm Springs – lovely safe place for a dip.

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Palm Springs 2AM-002832. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Mulla mulla wildflowers along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.

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Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002861. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002823. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

One of the water crossings along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.

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Duncan Road 2AM-002841. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Sawtooth Gorge is a beautiful and secluded camping/visiting area- well worth the short bumpy dirt road in.

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Sawtooth Gorge 2AM-002827. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic avian species – the Wedge-tailed Eagle – perched on a termite mound outside Fitzroy Crossing.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle 2AM-004698. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic boab tree at dusk on the Great Northern Highway – a common Kimberley vista.

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Boab Sunset 2AM 2791 and 2793_pano2. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

 

Posting #5 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

All images in this post are from a very brief (overnight) stop in Broome and its immediate surrounds. A town full of history, gorgeous scenery, and the fabled Cable Beach.

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A glorious storm building over Cable Beach, Broome – Western Australia. In addition to the much needed rainfall, this storm did wonders ameliorating the hot conditions on that day. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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A portion of Cable Beach. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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Pioneer Cemetery, overlooking the bay. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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Pioneer Cemetery, overlooking the bay. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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Mangroves on Roebuck Bay. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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Mangroves on Roebuck Bay. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

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Patterns by a sand bubbler crab. © 2014 Andrew McInnes

 

Sun Pictures (Sun Picture Gardens) is reportedly the world’s oldest picture garden still in operation.

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Sun Pictures. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Sun Pictures. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Sun Pictures. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Another glorious dusk as I departed Broome.

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Highway at dusk. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

 

 

 

 

Posting #4 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

During my recent >9,000 km road trip highway vistas like this one routinely had me in awe of the scenic beauty of this wonderful land.

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A three-image panorama stitch on the North West Coastal Highway © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Oh, how I enjoy the tranquillity of a sleepy river and the Australian bush. This is the De Grey River and rail bridge just off the Great Northern Highway near Port Headland, Western Australia. I didn’t camp here but I did enjoy the respite as I stretched my legs during the long drive.

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De Grey River and railway bridge – a wonderful camping area. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Travelling is full of surprises…

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Willy Willy (dust devil) – very neat to observe © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The ubiquitous road train: some transport livestock, some transport supplies, and for others, like this one, it is iron ore.

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Road train near Onslow. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Fortescue River. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Common colours of the Pilbara – red, green, gold. Autumn flowers on a red dune. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Royal Flying Doctor Service – emergency airstrip. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Toolunga Creek in the Pilbara. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Thanks for swinging by and I hope you enjoyed these photo’s of my travels.

 

 

 

Posting #3 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

This post contains images from my express visit to Coral Bay and Exmouth, Western Australia.

 

Ah, the tropics 🙂

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On the Minilya – Exmouth road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A ‘short’ road train delivers supplies to Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

These next three images are from Coral Bay – a stunning and simple place.

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The front of the image is shallow water over a sand substrate; this then abruptly drops off into a deepish lagoon which is protected by Ningaloo Reef (Australia’s “other” reef) in the background. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A mooring line and buoy – the cerulean water deepens rapidly here, making for fantastic swimming. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Two youths paddle in the tranquil waters behind Ningaloo Reef. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Unfortunately I only spent about 8 hours in Exmouth which is nowhere near sufficient. Nevertheless, here are some scenes of this fascinating area.

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A light-painting of Yardie Creek (Cape Range National Park) during dusk’s blue hour. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Pebble Beach, Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Pebble Beach, Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

A light-painting of the retired (non-functioning) Vlamingh Head Lighthouse – Exmouth. The evening air was thick with moisture from the Indian Ocean as it pounded Ningaloo Reef so I thought I’d make an image to suggest how the light from the lighthouse may have appeared to mariners of yore. During the 30 second exposure I mimicked a beam of light from the lighthouse by aiming my spotlight on the structure for a few seconds, allowing the moisture in the air to appear as a beam.
This image includes the Southern Cross (and pointers), along with a portion of the Milky Way.

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© 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Star trails caress the retired (non-functioning) Vlamingh Head Lighthouse – Exmouth, on a blustery and balmy autumn night. This is a stacked image consisting of 61 images (each image f4 for 30 seconds at ISO 800). © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

More posts from this road trip to follow this.

 

 

 

 

Posting #2 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I hope you enjoy these images of a portion of my recent travel up the Western Australia coast.

 

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Winnowing among the sand dunes. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Stark and simple – dunes and a stunningly blue autumn sky engulf me (and a coastal tree). © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Footprints among the sand. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Sand dune aglow. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Wildlife tracks in the sand. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Plain Tiger butterfly. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Rusty bollard and a boat. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

More images to follow in upcoming photo-blogs.

 

 

 

Posting #1 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I recently embarked on what turned out to be a quite a drive with the purpose of visiting an old mate from my teenage years whom I have not seen for more than 20 years! My old vehicle (1984 Toyota Hilux diesel) logged 9,193 km (5,712 miles) doing my return trip from Fremantle – Kununurra – Fremantle, Western Australia.

With an esky full of water and assorted sandwich-construction material, plus spare diesel, oil, etc., I essentially drove until it was time to find a bush-camp for the night. I’d awake early and continue northward, repeating as required until I arrived at Kununurra.

Subsequent blog postings will present more images from the trip to the north of this bloody big state.
Theses images document my travels up and back – I hope you will find them appealing.

 

It isn’t long until these emblematic signs present themselves, with varying fauna presented.

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Iconic Aussie Wildlife (sans koala which is not native to WA) – Indian Ocean Road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Having previously visited and photographed The Pinnacles (click here to view these) at Nambung National Park, near Cervantes, I chose to revisit and shoot more images from this amazing ‘moonscape’ before moving on and finding a place to camp for the night.

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Early evening light bathes a portion of the calcium carbonate structures at The Pinnacles Desert. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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This image contains part of the Milky Way, plus the Southern Cross, a meteor, and Magellanic Clouds which are irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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© 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A long exposure for pin-wheel stars. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

This leaning tree is but one of many around the Greenough area. These River Gum/eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) have horizontal trunks due to exposure to strong and near-continuous southerly winds.

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Leaning Tree of Greenough. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Should you find yourself anywhere near Geraldton or Walkaway, I thoroughly recommend a visit to Ellendale Pool, be it for a day trip or a place to camp – as I did for an evening.

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This is a light-painting during the blue-hour of dusk.  © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Another light-painting, this time a little later in the evening. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Ahhh, a rope swing – top setting for it! © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Morning’s reflection. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Lovely spot to set up a caravan!

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A “room with a view”. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The ubiquitous and raucous Little Corella

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Little Corellas in flight. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Hope you enjoyed the early portion of my trip, if vicariously 🙂

More images from the trip to follow soon.

 

Cheers,

Andrew