Laura and Cooktown Infrareds

Far North Queensland, 13-19 July 2022
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The road into the Laura Bush Camp.

Laura Bush Camp Day 1.

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Cooktown fishermen (Endeavour River).

Cooktown and Rock Art.

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Mouth of the Endeavour River from Grassy Hill Lookout.

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Bunya Pine, Botanic Gardens.

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Swamp views, Mulbabidgee.

Keating’s Lagoon (Mulbabidgee).

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Black Mountain or Kalkajaka.

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View from Rex Range Lookout, looking north towards the Daintree.

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Keating’s Lagoon (Mulbabidgee)

Cooktown, Queensland, 19 July 2022
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Gastro stopped me seeing as much of Cooktown as I would have liked but we are now on our way out, heading towards Mosman Gorge.  On the way we stopped at Keatings Lagoon or Mulbabidgeee.

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Mulbabidgeee is a wetlands area on the outskirts of Cooktown.

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I could have got closer on the way in, going off the path, but something was holding me back.

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A bit further on there is a view across the lagoon from a bird hide.

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… and some distant waterbirds….

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Giant waterlily in flower.

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After a while one a bit came closer.  Note the extraordinary toes.

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This is a juvenile comb-crested jacana.  It becomes more spectacular as an adult.

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They roost and build nests on the floating lilypads.

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Walking back with some reflection(s).

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The black pile of rocks in the background is Black Mountain or Kalkajaka.

This was originally a tongue of volcanic magma.  Over time, heat and water led to fractures and it is now a heap of granite boulders with the solid granite core buried well beneath.

Beneath the surface rocks is a maze of passages and chambers, with sheer drops in complete darkness, pockets of bad air and likely encounters with bats and snakes.  So access is prohibited and it also includes many sites sacred to Aborigines.

It houses unique wildlife, including Black Mountain boulderfrog, Black Mountain skink and Black Mountain gecko, as well as Godman’s rock-wallabies and amethystine pythons that can grow to more than five metres long.  There have  been numerous reports as recently as a few decades ago of an animal appearing to be a thylaceo or marsupial lion and reputedly living here, though supposedly extinct for 20,000 years.

Aboriginal legend has it that the twin-peaked black mountain was built by two brothers who were competing for the same girl.  They were so invested in this task that they did not notice an approaching cyclone which blew the brothers into the cracks between the boulders and drowned the girl.

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Somewhat further on, we stopped near a bridge and I took some images of the small river flowing through.

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Much further in the journey, getting close to our Mosman Gorge destination, this is the view from Rex Range Lookout, looking north towards the Daintree.

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Now in our B&B near Mosman Gorge, this is the view from our bedroom window.

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Cooktown and Rock Art

Cooktown, Queensland, 17-18 July 2022
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From the bush camp (posts Laura Bush Camp 1 and 2, with much more rock art), we returned to Laura and then to Cooktown.  However, the journey back from the bush camp was quite different for me than the way in.  I was hit by gastro on the last night there.  I have been to several countries including India and Madagasacar where you need to be careful about directly or indirectly consuming water without having problems but it didn’t occur to me I might need to take care within Australia and fulled my camel (backpack water container) with tap water at Laura.  The bouncy and speedy drive in on the tiny four wheel drive was great fun but the journey out was torture and they had to stop several times so I could vomit at the side of the road.  From Laura we went straight to Cooktown and I also stayed in bed for all of the next day.

That next day Jools went out and got some medicine for gastro from the Chemist.  Unfortunately, we later found it produces hallucinations when you are dehydrated, which is what happens with gastro.  I got up during the night for a piss and didn’t turn the light on so as not to disturb Jools.  I then saw dogs and cats in the corners of the room though I knew they were not real.  Walls completely changed in appearance from one look to the next.   The short trip to the toilet became a maze and I became quite disoriented and repeatedly bumped into things.  We were in a split level apartment and I ended up falling down the four steps to the lower level in the dark.  I bruised my left forearm and severely bruised the palm of my left hand.  It took months for my left hand to fully recover but I didn’t hit my head so it could have been much worse.  Also, I am right-handed, otherwise I might not have been able to use the camera.

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Mouth of the Endeavour River from Grassy Hill Lookout.

The day after that I was semi-recovered and we went for a short drive in the afternoon.  We did not see much of Queenstown in our time there but at least our accommodation was a good place to recover.

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Grassy Hill Lighthouse from 1886.

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Hibiscus flowers nearby.

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I think this is Finch Bay, not far from Grassy Hill.

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In the late afternoon we visited the bird hide at Keating’s Lagoon.

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These are images from trees in the river along the way.

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I might have been able to get closer images off the path except that the crocodile warning signs made that inadvisable.  More images from here in the next post.

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The following day we joined a rock art tour with Culture Connect and set off along this road.

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We stopped at a river crossing that we later drove through.

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Looking down the river.

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Later, on foot, a stream crossing requiring care when carrying camera gear.

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Rock art.  Kangaroo.

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Lungfish maybe?

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Turtles on the left.

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We walked to another rock art site.

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Crocodile, northern quoll perhaps, cassowary (maybe emu), fish, head of the previous figure.

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Crocodile.

This image and the next one were taken looking upwards in a cramped overhang space that was logistically quite awkward.

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Xanthorrhoea flower cone.

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View from the road on the way out.

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Laura Bush Camp Day 2

 

Near Laura, Queensland, 14 August 2022
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(For the benefit of some Americans who may be reading this, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Laura Bush).

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Gnaingar.

On our way to another rock art site, this is the flowers of Gnaingar, or Eucalyptus Phœnicia, or Scarlet Gum, endemic to the far north of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

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A kangaroo, perhaps.

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Male figure.

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Female figure.

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Main figure a snake, probably dreamtime serpent.

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Fish, perhaps.

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A cave for special female ceremonies.

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Inside, dragonflies on the walls.

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At the next site, perhaps a family group.  Appears to be made by a negative process with removal of colour.

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Two females, one over a long figure perhaps snake, eel or lungfish.

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Here is the site overall.  You can see some of the figures shown above.

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We dropped down to a pool fed by a small waterfall.

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A tree trying to grow in a most surprising place.

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Contorted trunk and roots of a eucalypt beside the pool.

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On the move now.  Taken from a moving four wheel drive vehicle.  There has been some fire stick farming going on to manage the land.  This involves small scale slow cool burns that do not escape to destroy land and wildlife.

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Images on the move.

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Passing a large termite mound.  The black pole with a blue cap is on the vehicle.

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Back to the main rock art site.

I was looking for a different perspective this time.  Most of my shots on the previous day were taken with a very wide angle lens (Fujifilm 8-16mm) whereas most of these were taken with a moderate telephoto (Fujifilm 80mm macro).

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These figures may be very old, maybe 20,000 years.

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The upside-down person represents someone who has transgressed fundamental rules of the society and received serious punishment such as exile or death.

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Given how far north we are, this is probably a cassowary rather than an emu.

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Dingo at the front.

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A wider view with many figures.

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Back at the base now, probably after dinner.  The is a macro landscape with some combination of ground cover, bush and miniature tree.

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Rock Art.

In other words, Art created by the Rock.

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Balanda Rock Painting.

Perhaps reminiscent of the cargo cult of Papua New Guinea, this is designed to encourage the great gyroscopic whirring bird to drop from the sky.

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Night sky from near the tent, a ten second exposure from 5:30am. 

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There is also something moving in the sky with a somewhat discontinuous light, perhaps a satellite or a plane.

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Laura Bush Camp Day 1

Near Laura, Queensland, 13 August 2022
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We got up early in the morning in Laura and set out into the bush with Johnny Murison of Jarramali Rock Art Tours.

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We were zotting along in tiny four wheel drives.  This is the one following us.

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A brief stop along the way.

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No chance of a school bus coming the other way.  We are on Aboriginal land with no permanent habitations out here.

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Sometimes the road was quite good.

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Other times it was a little rougher.

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Definitely four wheel drive country.

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From memory, it took about an hour to drive in.

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Now we have arrived. 

We were sleeping in a tent but there was a communal meeting room and dining room.  This is the view from the veranda.

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A closer view of the left end of the cliffs in front of us.

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Wedge tail eagles appear.

We were sitting down for lunch when a wedge tail eagle flew past the large window, very close, maybe twenty metres away.  Of course I had put the camera away and couldn’t take advantage of that opportunity.  Soon after it was joined by a mate.  They sat in a distant tree for a while and then climbed into the sky.

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This is the best shot I got.  The eagle is a long way away and the resolution is enhanced by software.

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Where the Green Ants Dream (though Hertzog was not in sight).

After lunch we headed for the rock art site.  On the way we encountered this ants nest, up in the tree for safety.

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This appears to be another one, old and abandoned.

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As you can see, we are now at the main rock art site.

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The figures you see can be as old as twenty thousand years old or as recent as the late nineteenth century.

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Here is Johnny explaining the associations and significance of each figure.

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I remember little of what he said so I’ll just leave you to view and wonder.

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The Quinkan rock art galleries are in many locations in Northern Queensland with only a few open to the public.  They are listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world.

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There is some ochre on the rock at the bottom right.

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An ancient engraving of an emu footprint.

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Walking back, a couple of details on cliffs on the far side of the canyon.

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Moonrise at sunset.

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Yungaburra to Laura

Yungaburra to Laura, Queensland, 12 August 2022
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View with typical Queensland blood-red sky.

On this day we travelled north from Yungaburra to Laura.  Along the way we stopped at a viewpoint for this view.

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Somewhat later, the weather was quite different and so was the view.

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A rather dreamy vista furher along the road.

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This one is quite close by though looking in the opposite direction, which explains why the colours are quite different.

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We have now reached Laura, and there are many galahs on the telegraph lines.

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Laura is a massive metropolis in Northern Queensland, just like Brisbane in Southern Queensland, although the population of Laura is 228, as compared to 2.28 million for Brisbane.  There are not a lot of other differences though.  Here are two of the major buildings in Laura.  There is the general store on the left and the pub on the right.

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Across the road is the Town Hall.  To the left of that is a roofed field and basketball court, so schoolchildren can play sports in the rainy season.

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It is not hard to find modern technology in Laura.

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So this is why the galahs have gathered.  It’s feeding time.

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Across the road is the motel where we stayed the night.

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Later we decided to choose the pub for a meal.  Some kookaburra were eating there too.  Like Brisbane, there is a great choice of eating establishments in Laura.  Specifically, there is the pub and the roadhouse.  We’re not in Brisbane so I won’t list the eating establishments in Brisbane for comparison.

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The kookaburra were joined by a blue-faced honeyeater (entomyzon cyanotis).  Whether the honeyeater had made a reservation for dinner is not clear.

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A kookaburra on a branch in the late afternoon sun.

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I set out to capture galahs landing on or setting out from the power lines in the late afternoon light.

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This is a  helmeted guineafowl (numida meleagris).  Not native to Australia, it is from Africa.  They are kept in farmyards to kick up a lot of noise when a fox or feral cat comes in.

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And yes, there were three infrared images at the start of the post.

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Atherton Tablelands Monochromes 2

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, and journey from Canberra, 9 to 11 August 2022.

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Big Millstream Falls.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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A stream flowing by the path on the walk down to the lower viewpoint at Tully Gorge.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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Cliffs and trees from the lower viewpoint, Tully Gorge.

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The Tully River above where the falls used to be and might be again from time to time.

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Looking down also at the Tully River, downstream of the falls, now only occasionally fed by the waterfall.

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Krefft’s turtle, Malanda Falls Conservation Park.

Rainforest and Sugar Gliders.

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Symbiotic flowering plant.

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Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons).

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North Johnstone River.

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Funghi by the path.

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Millaa Millaa Falls.

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Zillie Falls.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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Zillie Falls.

Rainforest and Sugar Gliders.

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Zillie Falls.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

Rainforest and Sugar Gliders.

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Sugar glider (petaurus breviceps longicaudatus).

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Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata).

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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Dinner Falls.

Waterfalls and Striped Possums.

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Mount Hypipamee Crater.

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Mount Hypipamee Crater.

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Zillzie Falls.

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Back roads to Hastie’s Swamp.

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Hastie’s Swamp with plumed whistling-ducks.

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Striped possum and sugar glider.

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Striped possum.

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Atherton Tablelands Monochromes 1

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, and journey from Canberra, 7 to 8 August 2022.

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Links go to colour posts (with information). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

(Click on any image to see it in a larger size, if you are on a PC or tablet at least.)

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Cape Pallarenda and Magnetic Island.

Canberra to Yungaburra (IR).

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Probably East Feluga/ Friday Pocket area.

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View from Cairns/ Atherton Tablelands Road.

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Cathedral Fig Tree.

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Our welcoming committee to the Atherton Tablelands.

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Curtain Fig Tree.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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Curtain Fig Tree.

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Great Egret, in non-breeding plumage, Hastie’s Swamp.

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Grevillea in flower, Herberton.

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1942 UK Austin, ex Forestry Department, Herberton.

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Boot of dead car.

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Steamroller.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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1936 Pontiac Flat head 6.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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1934 Buick Straight 8.

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Ancient machinery.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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Old harvesters.

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From the inside looking out.

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Casting a light.

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Inside Elderslie House, Herberton.

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The Dispensary, Herberton.

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Atherton Tablelands in Infrared

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 8-10 August 2022
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A camera with an infrared sensor in broad terms sees infrared, red and green instead of red green and blue.  By default the image for my camera comes out in orange/ yellow tones that then requires processing.  I am interested in where I can take it for creative effect.

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Herberton.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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Grevillea Flower.

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Big Millstream Falls.

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Millaa Millaa Falls.

Rainforest and Sugar Gliders.

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Zillie Falls.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

Waterfalls and Striped Possums.

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Same viewpoint but actually a different image as well as a different interpretation. The water shows a different shutter speed.

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Dinner Falls.

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Waterfalls and Striped Possums

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 11 August 2022
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In our third full day in Atherton Tablelands, we first headed off to Mount Hypipamee National Park.  Here we are walking the Dinner Falls circuit.

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

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Dinner Falls.

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Next we walked on to the Mount Hypipamee Crater.

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This is of course a volcanic crater.

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From the viewing platform, there is a drop of 130 metres to the lake which is then a further 73 metres deep.  It’s a long way down.

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I was intrigued by the patterns on the surface of the lake.

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These are partly natural and partly created by people who frequently throw rocks down into the lake.  (Personally, I’d prefer it just to be natural).

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Panoramic view.

After that, I decided to head off to Zillie Falls again.  I had carelessly exposed my images there at high ISO the previous day so thought to try again.  This image is from a viewpoint on the way.

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Zillzie Falls.

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In the late afternoon I was shooting into the light and I didn’t bracket enough, so there is no detail in the sky.

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I decided to head back via the bird hide at Hastie’s Swamp.   That meant a long trip on the back roads, late in the afternoon.  I can’t show you much of what we saw because often the light was fleeting and the narrow winding roads often meant nowhere to pull over.

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At Hastie’s Swamp I took some more photographs of the plumed whistling-ducks in challenging low light conditions of the late afternoon.

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This is the opposite shore, which about 200 metres away.

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Back with the night life where we were staying, the sugar gliders were there initially but when one or two much larger striped possums turned up, they made themselves scarce.

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Here you can see the elongated fourth finger with a long hooked nail that it uses to extract insects and caterpillars from bark and cracks.  In this it is similar to the very weird Aye-Aye from Madagascar.  They are not related though.  The Aye-Aye is a lemur and a very primitive primate whereas the striped possum is a marsupial found mainly in New Guinea and West Irian but also in coastal North Queensland.

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