Arkaba Woolshed and Brachina Gorge

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 16-17 August 2016

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This is on the afternoon of the second day and on the third day of the Flinders Ranges workshop.

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We headed off west of Merna Mora Station for the late afternoon and sunset, I think to Motpena.  This rather spare image shows the texture of the sand leading up to the bush on top of the sand dune.  I was using a tilt shift lens, tilting it so that the plane of focus was along the sand rather than a plane perpendicular to the camera.  This is a rather time consuming exercise and I only just had time to complete the image before the group moved off.

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We returned to a nearby windmill for the late afternoon light and sunset.

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There were some cattle wandering round as well.

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This is part of the sand dune area where I was photographing earlier.

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The windmill again, “Southern Cross 14” inscribed on the vane.  Probably old water tanks beside it.

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Next morning, we took a road south of the Flinders Ranges to Photograph the dawn.  From a nearby hill, this is Arkaba Woolshed, built in 1856.  Ken Duncan no doubt did it better but if you were to order a print from me, I might charge less than $2,800 to $4,735.

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A wider panorama, taken just after all the colour bled out of the morning into a hole out of picture to the left.

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The isolation a telephoto lens can bring.  You can see this hill in the previous picture.

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Another distant view from the same vantage point.

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This is still the Flinders Ranges from the South, but an hour later and we are further east.

As with the other panorama (and other images), you can see more detail if you click on the image.

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I’m not sure exactly where we are for this and the next three images, but we are approaching the National Park from the south and heading towards the Wilpena Pound Resort where we had lunch.

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This is the Cazneau Tree.  Harold Cazneau was a New Zealand photographer who came to Australia in 1908 at the age of 26.  He photographed this tree in 1937 and called his image “The Spirit of Endurance”.

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The Cazneau Tree.

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This is a central bearded dragon in a small tree.  Not sure whether he saw us coming, was waiting to grow wings, was waiting for a passing fly, or just up there to admire the view.

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Central bearded dragon.

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Perhaps you might like to see one of Australia’s spectacular wildflowers?  Well, you’re out of luck.  This is Paterson’s Curse, an introduced noxious weed, poisonous to cattle and the scourge of farmers, but pretty nonetheless.

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We are now in Brachina Gorge, showing a typical long-eroded hilltop of the Flinders Ranges.

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We also managed to see the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby.  Admittedly these two images could be sharper but there is another image or two in a later post.

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Hans Heyson’s Hut

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 14-15 August 2016

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This is my first post of a workshop in the Flinder’s Ranges, South Australia in 2016 organised by Keith Seidel and his wife Barbara, who I met on the South West Canyonlands Tour two years earlier.

After the Flinder’s Ranges, I will post on the trip to Cuba and the Caribbean, which directly followed.  You can see itinerary and maps here, including links to old temporary posts that I will update as I post.

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I left a day early and stayed overnight at the resort in the middle of the National Park.  This is a view from near there.  Over those hills is Wilpena Pound, a huge natural amphitheatre created by uplift rather than vulcanism.  I could have walked there but it’s more likely to be a sunrise shot than a sunset shot.  Perhaps I should have walked there next morning in the dark for dawn but I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get to an appropriate viewpoint.  Instead I decided to drive to Wilkawillina Gorge because I thought its opening might have a good aspect for the dying of the light, and to scout an easier place for the sunrise.

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I didn’t quite make the gorge though, so I stopped to take this photo before I ran out of light.

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Next morning I rose early to take some photographs at dawn.  This is probably from Huck’s lookout.

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Seven minutes later.

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After breakfast I headed off to a rendezvous with the workshop group.  I needed to go west but there was no road so I initially went north.  This is Yanyanna Hut.

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As you can see, not the most salubrious of accommodation, especially in the summer which would get very hot.

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The track to a lookout.  Razorback lookout, I think.

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This is a view from the lookout.

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And this is nearby.

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Next stop was Aroona Hut, constructed in 1925.  Artist Hans Heyson stayed here in 1927 and visited many times subsequently.  Here is a news item of a painting of his and some background.

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No doubt he saw this view many times from inside the hut and watched the changing light.

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This is the view from nearby Aroona lookout, looking towards the Heysen Range.  There was a small sheep station nearby.  It was founded in 1851 and was moderately profitable for a few years.  But overstocking and droughts in 1864 to 1866 led to its abandonment.

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The view back to the hut from near the lookout.

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Further north, I drove through the small town of Blinman and found this old house.

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The front door was locked so it was not possible to enter …

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… except through the back door.

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The sparse interior gives a hint of what it must have been like to live here years ago.

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I met up with the workshop group in the middle of the day and in the late afternoon we headed off to photograph the Edeowie ruin at sunset.

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There will be some more images from here in later posts.

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Leh Palace Monochromes

2 February 2018, Leh, Ladakh.

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(Ladakh Trip).

All images come from the Leh Palace post, where there are colour versions of these and other images and information on the palace.

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Tsemo Fort.

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Main Bazaar Road, the main street of Leh.
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End of Main Bazaar Road, with Leh Palace above on the skyline.
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Leh Palace.
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View over Leh from Leh Palace.
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Leh Palace.
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Shanti Stupa.
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Stupas, near the polo field.
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Tsemo Fort and Monastery and ancient ruin.
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Leh Palace.
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This was the last post from the Ladakh trip.  If you want to see any more, there are links to all posts on the Ladakh Itinerary.

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Leh Palace

2 February 2018, Leh Palace and Leh, Ladakh, India

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We had walked out of the National Park and we still had an afternoon in Leh.  We chose to visit Leh Palace and I combine those images with a few I took in our earlier stay in Leh.

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On the skyline of Leh, high above Leh Palace, is Tsemo Fort (the upper white structure), built between 1555 and 1575 by King Tashi Namgyal.  The buildings below it are Tsemo Gompa or Monastery, built by King Tashi Namgyal in 1430.  It houses an eight-metre high gilded statue of Buddha. Access is difficult because of a steep climb from a road and fleeting and uncertain opening hours.  Women are only allowed access when the statues are veiled.  This and the next image was taken from the roof of the hotel we were staying in during our first afternoon in Leh.

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Sunset over the distant mountains.

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The main street of Leh, Main Bazaar Road, the next morning.

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The far end of the same street, after returning from the National Park.  Leh Palace is on the middle skyline and Tsemo Fort on the right skyline.

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It would take a long time to walk from Leh to the Palace, especially at altitude and with the maze of roads.  We took a taxi up and the road comes in from the side.  This is a corner of the top of the palace as we walk in.

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Looking out over Leh from the path into the Palace.  In the foreground is Soma Gompa, a monastery built below the Palace in 1840 but disused since the 1950s when a replacement was built in town.

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Another view out over Soma Gompa.  The huge “carpark” in the distance is the Polo Ground and it’s not a relic of British India.  Polo originated in Persia and is said to have come to Central Ladakh from Baltistan, just north of Ladakh, now primarily Moslem and occupied by Pakistan. King Jamyang Namgyal is said to have introduced it in the 16th century who married Gyal Khatun, a princess from Baltistan. A few months before we arrived, polo was being played here during the 2017 Ladakh Festival.

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The main door to the Palace.

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Construction of the Leh Palace started in 1553 by Tsewang Namgyal, founder of the Namgyal dynasty, and it was completed by Sengge Namgyal (“the Lion King) who died in 1642.  It predates the Potala Palace in Lhasa, for which construction commenced in 1645.

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The palace has nine stories.  The ground area was used for stables, the first floor for storage and the second by servants.  The King’s Audience Hall, the Tsokhang, was on the fourth floor and the King and Queen’s private areas were on the fifth floor.  The three floors above that were wholly or in part for religious use.

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A detail of the ceiling of one of the interior rooms.

Remarkably, the palace has no foundations but the inwards sloping walls assist with stability and alternating layers of stone and wood provide elasticity to help withstand earthquakes.

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Stairs leading up to the highest level.

The palace was sacked by invading Tibetan and Mongolian forces in 1685.  It was also severely damaged by Zorowar Singh’s forces in 1836 and the royal family moved out from that time to their current residence of Stok Palace on the other side of the Indus.

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An upper floor room including faded remains of a very damaged wall fresco.

The palace is mainly empty apart from the Royal Shrine and some photographic displays.  Photography was not permitted in the shrine but there are images from there in Kevin Standage’s blog.

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There were magnificent views available from the roof of the palace.  This is Shanti Stupa, a new and elaborate chorten built in 1991.

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Stupas, near the polo field.

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A view from below of Tsemo Fort and Monastery.  There was originally a structure here built by the Dards in the 5th century and some of the ruins of that is probably what you see on the near skyline.

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Still in the palace and on the way down now.  A view from one of the rooms.

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A prayer wheel beside the road to the palace, incorporating a gate to I think a residential area.

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A view of the palace in the late afternoon sun.

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That was the last post for the Ladakh trip, apart from monochromes.  Next will be a live music post, an exhibition post, and some monochrome posts from this trip.  After that l will be posting on the Atacama to finish off the posts for my 2015 Madagascar/ South Georgia trip.

Canberra Monochromes

July to December 2017, Canberra, Australia

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These are monochrome conversions from the following posts:  Australian National Botanic Gardens, Architecture Workshop with Geoff Comfort and Mount Ainslie.

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Eucalypts in Fog.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Eucalypt bark.

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Melaleuca Styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark).

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White rose with spider.

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Cobweb with dew.

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Isopogon.

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Anigozanthos manglesii (red and green kangaroo paw).

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Green butterfly on probably a Melaleuca.

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Water dragon.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Kookaburra.

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Topknot pigeon.

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Pied currawong.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Dragonfly wing.

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Australian National University (ANU) architecture.

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Circus Tent.

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ANU Architecture.

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Architecture Workshop with Geoff Comfort

12 November 2017, Canberra, ACT

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In early November I attended an Architecture Workshop run by Geoff Comfort, perhaps Australia’s leading architectural photographer.  I found this particularly valuable, particularly since there were only two people taking the workshop.  I was expecting a technical focus including use of tilt/shift lenses and although there was a technical element, it was more focused on visualisation and composition. A workshop with different attendees might be quite different, though.  We went to the Australian National University starting from the early morning.  In reent years there have been a number of interesting buildings constructed there.  Images follow. No need for further comment.

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Bruny Island Lighthouse

2 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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The last time I was in Bruny Island was when I photographed it in 1987 using large format film equipment for the Bicentennial history From Dusk Till Dawn.

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I took a similar photography in 1987, using a tripod but also lying on my back on the floor.

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Cape Bruny lighthouse commenced service in 1838, the third lighthouse in Tasmania and the fourth in Australia.  This followed the nearby wreck of the convict ship George III in 1835, which hit an uncharted rock in D’Entrecasteau Channel and 133 died out of 292.

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The light mechanism you see features Chance Brothers turntable and lenses which replaced the original mechanism in 1901 to 1903.

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In 1901-03 the light came from kerosene lamps.  There were replaced with electric lights in 1959.

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The brass vents on the wall under the walkway were to regulate the breeze so that the kerosene lamp operated optimally and did not go out.  The turntable would have been driven by a clockwork mechanism such as at Double Island Point (last image).  A weight would have slowly descended the tower and then needed to be wound back up.

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The original lights in 1838 burned sperm whale oil.  This was expensive and each lamp burned 600ml per hour.  There were fifteen of these lamps and the light was focused with mirrors rather than lenses.

 

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The original lamps were very fragile and needed to be replaced every three days.  There are two of the electric bulbs here just to provide a spare.

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Far out on the distant horizon and barely visible to the naked eye is Pedra Branca Rock.  This is rock is 250 metres long,  100 metres wide and 60 metres high.  In 2003 a scientific team visited here as part of a program to preserve the endemic Pedra Branca skink and conserve the habitat of birds, especially albatrosses.  The weather deteriorated so that they could not leave the rock and a freak wave washed away a young oceanographer, Hamish Saunders, who was at the time 45 metres above sea level.  His body was never recovered.

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Coutts Island, below the lighthouse.

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Rocks below the lighthouse, evidently favoured by seabirds.

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Looking across D’Entrecasteau Channel to the Tasmanian mainland.

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Architecture, Australia, Bruny Island, Cape Bruny, Landscape, Lighthouses, Nature, Photography, seascape, Tasmania, Travel Beach to the north of the lighthouse, near the cottages.

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A view from the lighthouse balcony showing the cottages, beach and coastline.  Families were permitted after 1878.  There then would have been three cottages for three keepers working eight hour shifts.

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Another view looking up as I leave the lighthouse.

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The original keeper in 1838 had three convict assistants and relations between the keeper and the convicts were very formal.

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These days radar and GPS has replaced the need for lighthouses except for small vessels such as fishing boats.  The lights are in any case automated and the keepers gone.  The light here was replaced by a smaller one further out on the point and the lighthouse has not been turned on since 1996.

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