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).


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


Helicopter 2AM-003669. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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


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.


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.


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

River flow below the Diversion Dam.


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

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


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


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

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


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


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.


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


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


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).


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

Bordering the irrigation area are numerous ranges such as this.


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).


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.


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


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.


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


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

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


Recent shots from surrounding area.

Per a previous “encouragement” by my photography mentor – Wyman Meinzer – to see the beauty where I am, I have been trying to shoot several times each week, regardless of the weather, wind, and anthropomorphic elements cluttering the scene. I figure I better just run with what there is to capture. Here is an assortment which I hope you enjoy.

I reckon you weren't expecting this though! Perhaps Deere & Company would like this one for their advertising? Wishful thinking.


More tractors heading out from the Port of Galveston.


Wetlands proximal to our neighborhood (same area in previous blog: "blessed-rain...").


Same area as above but this time I was going for the "African Serengeti" feel (ignore the modern looking "huts").


Serengeti 'ish. (Smith Point, Galveston Bay).


The view from our back deck/porch - it seems it hasn't been calm for months. The glow on the clouds is a result of Texas City petrochemical plants - thankfully we are located upwind of this.


These lovely White Pelicans are only in the area while they overwinter.


White Pelican preening.


Nearby Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR). This area was, until very recently, dry enough to run a tractor and plow through. However, the Houston area has received in excess of 11 inches of rain for the first 8 weeks or so of 2012.


BNWR again.


Endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle in rehabilitation at Texas A&M University at Galveston's Sea Life Facility.


Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (same individual as above).


Cold and foggy morning at Texas A&M University at Galveston campus.


Definitely NOT the Serengeti. This is the same shrimp boat featured in a previous blog ("Texas City Dusk..."). I was limited on time and the clouds were starting to look wonderful so chose to re-shoot the trawler.


Simple but interesting to me.


Sunrise and an offshore rig in Galveston Ship Channel.


Atmospheric clouds - as opposed to the cloud of swarming mosquitos as the missus' and I tried to enjoy a cold beverage watching these clouds and the dusk.


I took this picture on Valentine's Day of two red-eared slider's "smooching" (please indulge my foray into anthropomorphism) - must be a real "toe-curler" of a kiss (check out the right-rear foot of the big one on the right).




Blessed Rain: dusk from “Scenic Galveston” site, Galveston County

Ah, finally some precipitation – only recorded 1/2″ but the light was phenomenal as a band of clouds and associated winds caressed the evening.


Rain over the salt-marsh. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at ISO 1000 (the wind was absolutely howling, very nearly blowing the tripod, and me, over).


Wind and clouds over spartina. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at ISO 1000 (again, the wind was making it very challenging to stand, let alone keep the camera steady).


Granite, grass, clouds, and color... a glorious evening. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at ISO 500 (a little respite from the breeze).


Vibrant hues over Bayou Vista. Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at ISO 800