Kimberley Creeks and Orchids

Today’s selection of photos from Western Australia include some excellent (if I do say so myself) images from the Violet Valley area of the east Kimberley region. The area includes significant ranges of mountains and abounds with water, deepish valleys and beautiful spinifex and grass covered expanses which are impossible not to love.

These orchids are endemic to the Kimberley region of Australia and are simply spectacular. The large clusters can be more than a meter across.

Violet Valley is so called because of the purplish hue that sunset and sunrise bring to life in the grasses of the area.

The upper reaches of the ord River, or so I think. Apparently there was a freshwater crocodile in this waterhole.

A small grass fire progressing along the creek line.

Taking advice from a Muppet

Late last night I was lying in my room trying to go to sleep when the theme song of Fraggle Rock suddenly entered my mind. Now I don’t know if you remember Fraggle Rock, but it is probably my favourite of all the Muppet television series. I am not sure if this is because of the catchy theme song and the message of enjoying life; the engineering marvels creates by the Doozers out of nothing more than refined radishes; or simply because I used to watch it with my brothers.

Either way a quick you-tube session found an episode on that I don’t remember called Gobo’s School for Explorers. This is one of the most effective messages about exploring, common sense and resourcefulness I’ve ever seen with out anyone actually being sensible or for that matter human. Aside from the episodes main song there are a number of rules that are well worth keeping mind during regular life:

  1. When you put on your pack you can never turn back.
  2. Begin every expedition by following your nose.
  3. Never go exploring without protective headwear.
  4. Always begin an expedition by taking the first left turn.
  5. Never drink where the moss grows pink.

If you are in any doubt then you should listen to the song with the lyrics below and remember them any time you are out hiking, riding, paddling or doing somthing just that little bit silly.

When the path is stony and the night is all around; and the way that you must take is far away
when your heart is lost and lonely and the map; and the map can not be found
Here’s a little spell that you can say
 
You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own;
Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination;
Pack snacks, make tracks all alone;
Don’t be cute, time to scoot & head out for your destination.
 
You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own;
Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination;
Pack snacks, make tracks all alone;
Chase the future, face the great unknown.

Kimberley Photos: Post Two

So here are some more photos from my recent Kimberley Trip.  The first photo below is another one of my lovely desks during the week out bush. This one got a tad warm as the temperature approached 40 degrees, but the vents made it tolerable.

The view from my desk helped as well…

Sunset at Ngumpan Cliffs was a fantastic sight. The photo has no filters applied, it is actually what the sky looked like.

Looking down into the valley from Ngumpan Cliffs.

The shadow in the sky cast by the one fluffy cloud fascinated me, it was just like the line cause by mountains at sunrise.

This grass in the headlights of our 4WD fascinated me.

Kimberleys Day One

Last week I spent the week in the Kimberleys for work. For those of you who don’t know the Kimberleys are the far north western corner of Australia right up where the crocodiles are. I didn’t see any salt water crocs, but I have seen a few freshwater crocodiles this week. Unfortunately photos are hard to get out of a car travelling at 110km/h so the I don’t have proof.

Anyway todays selection of photos are from an area 60km east of Fitroy Crossing where I was doing some work.

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 Photo by The Graceful Cyclists

Photo by The Graceful Cyclist

 

Simpsons Gap Evening with Gregor and Mikey

Simpsons Gap from a distance.

Gregor walking down the river bed under the branches of a river red gum.

A Black Footed Wallaby through the trees at Simpsons Gap.

This wallaby decided to give us an example of how it climbs.

The Pinnacle at Simpsons Gap.

Mikey my fellow photographer.

The waterhole at Simpsons Gap still has water in it 8 months after the last decent rain.

The colour of the pinnacle at Simpsons Gap is amazing as the sunsets. It is impossible to do the view justice.

The view of the West MacDonnell Ranges through the trees.

What is there to say?

Chilling at Simpson Gap car park having a drink before dinner.

Simpsons Gap Dinner

Tonight I decided it would be a good idea to ride out to Simpsons Gap after work and heat up dinner while watching the sunrise. I often have ideas like this but rarely follow through due to my annoying sense of something. Luckily the warm sunshine, mild breeze and beautiful sky convinced me that it would be worth the effort of packing up a stove and some leftover lasagna on the bike and heading out.

What followed was one of the most enjoyable after work rides I have ever been on, and believe me there have been lots. Like I always I didn’t get a photo of myself cooking dinner, but below are some of the shots I grabbed on the way out there.

The start of my ride out to Simpsons Gap for dinner. You can tell it is a perfect day!

It is just so nice out here in the afternoon.

A Perente decided that I was going to take a break. This metre long goanna sidled down the middle of the track for 10 minutes while another rider and I watched its complicated movements.

The last rays of sunshine lighting up the clouds and ranges.

The West MacDonnell Ranges put on a great show at sunset.

Simpsons Gap as the light fades. In there is where I ate dinner.

The photo doesn’t do it justice, but watching the sunset making the southern face of Simpsons Gap glow has to be one of the best dinner views around.