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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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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