Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies

Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 20 to 21 August 2016

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

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It was a grey early morning…

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… but still some dramatic clouds.

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Then the sun came up as we headed towards Brachina Gorge, hoping to see some more yellow-footed rock wallabies.

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This is now inside Brachina Gorge.

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Peaks and streaks…

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We saw a lone wallaby some distance away on the rocks.

(All the wallaby images are taken on a tripod with a 300mm f2.8 lens plus 1.4x teleconverter, then well cropped in.)

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And there were two in a different place.

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Actually, that was three and now there is four.

You may need to click on the image for a larger view if you can’t see the head of the joey poking out from its mother’s pouch.

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“… so I jumped into the car and drove it away….”

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There’s a tail poking out of the pouch now.

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Time to chase the interloper away….

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This is now late in the afternoon.  I think we might be along the Moralana Track.

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I found a nice tree with a bird’s next in it, silhouetted against the landscape.

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And then, so did a couple of other photographers…

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Windmills and late afternoon light.

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Lone tree in the sunset.

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Next morning we all left the workshop.  This is looking towards Wilpena Pound at the side of the road, on my way to Adelaide.

One more infrared post to go, then a few mono posts.

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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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