Dead Car Zone, Merna Mora Station

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 15th and 18th August 2016

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This is on the first day and the fifth days of the Flinders Ranges workshop ..

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On the rise above Merna Mora Station, there was a dead car and agricultural debris zone.

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The first two images were taken on the afternoon of the first day, the reat on the afternoon of the fifth.

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Some items had been there a long time.  Note the wooden wheel spokes here.

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Now where was that puncture repair kit?

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There were commanding views from this place as well.

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Fancy a quick spin?

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And we came back later to a nearby spot for the sunset.

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Parachilna Ruins (IR)

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 18 August 2016

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This is on fourth day of the Flinders Ranges workshop ..

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It started off a normal morning as we got up and wandered round near Merna Mora Station.

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Then the incident at the US base at Pine Gap coloured the morning somewhat.

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After that, everything was different.

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Of, course, you won’t read about these things in the newspapers.

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Some areas were more affected than others.

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You’d think they’d know better than to play around with their nuclear weapons.

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So we stopped by a pub but it seemed to be closed.

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We couldn’t find any bar staff no matter how hard we looked.

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Curious taste in interior decorations, though.

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Still no bar staff to be found.

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Looking from one window to another.

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We are not far from the red heart of Australia.

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You’d think there might at least have been a skeleton staff.

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Though clearly the insects were getting out of hand.

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So we visited nearby Nilpena Station and perused the range of modern agricultural machinery in their showroom.

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In a place like this, it is important to take note of the local landmarks, just in case you become lost.

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Nilpena Station and Moralana Track

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 18-19 August 2016

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This is on the fourth day and the morning of the fifth day of the Flinders Ranges workshop ..

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I think these first four images were taken in the early morning from near Merna Mora Station where we were staying.

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Again, the mountains on the outside of Wilpena Pound, but with a different foreground.

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Silhouetted sheep in the morning sun.

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In the afternoon, we headed north along the main road. This is an abandoned house near Parachilna.

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The we visited Nilpena Station.  Sturt’s Desert Peas in the garden.

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This is a tawny frogmouth (an owl) in a tree beside the house.

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A few old farm vehicles were lying around.

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And the cattle thoughtfully arrayed themselves around a windmill.

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Next day, we headed out along the Moralana Track, starting not far from Merna Mora Station.

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There were rainclouds around but it did not rain.

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Eucalypts offer lots of bark patterns and colours.

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There were some wildflowers, too.  Native daisy of some kind.

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Native hibiscus.

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Don’t know this one.

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Still along the Moralana Track.

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Cazneau Tree, Brachina Gorge and Edowie ruins (IR)

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 17 August 2016

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This is on third day of the Flinders Ranges workshop.

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Cazneau Tree  For more information, see the previous post.

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Cazneau Tree,

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Cazneau tree location.

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Brachina Gorge Road (probably).

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Brachina Gorge Road (probably).

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Brachina Gorge.

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Brachina Gorge.

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Brachina Gorge Road.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Edowie Ruins.

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Near Merna Mora.

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Near Merna Mora.

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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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Architecture, Australia, Flinders Ranges, Hans Heyson, Landscape, Nature, Photography, South Australia, Travel, Wilderness

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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Architecture, Australia, Flinders Ranges, Hans Heyson, Landscape, Nature, Photography, South Australia, Travel, Wilderness

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

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Architecture, Australia, Flinders Ranges, Hans Heyson, Landscape, Nature, Photography, South Australia, Travel, Wilderness .

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Architecture, Australia, Flinders Ranges, Hans Heyson, Landscape, Nature, Photography, South Australia, Travel, Wilderness .

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Architecture, Australia, Flinders Ranges, Hans Heyson, Landscape, Nature, Photography, South Australia, Travel, Wilderness

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 14-20 August 2016

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Looking towards Wilpena Pound at Dawn with Xanthorrhoea.

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Hans Heyson's Hut

View from Hans Heyson’s Hut.

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Sand dune near Lake Torrens (tilt-shift lens exercise).

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Frill necked dragon

Frill-necked lizard.

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Salvation Jane or Patterson’s Curse (preliminary focus stack, uncorrected)
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Cazneaux Tree (IR).

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The accomodation.

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Sunset after the storm.

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(IR).

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