Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Kimberley's Part 2

Last time I showed you some of the beautiful places for swimming up in the Kimberley's but there was a lot more water that we didn't swim in ...

Tunnel Creek where we followed the creek underground, hence the name. Not really my idea of a fun place to swim ... we waded through the creek with the aid of our torches.

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 The Gibb River, looks pretty inviting from this angle but turning around we had cows standing in the very low level of water.

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Mitchell Falls. We swam above the top tier but below the falls is a no go zone, both for cultural reasons, it being a sacred site for the local people and also because of the saltwater crocs. 

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 The Pentacost River, salties live here too.

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 The Sapphire Pool at Emma Gorge, the bigger pool at the top of the gorge is the place where everyone swims.
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 The massive Lake Argyle from the dam. Holds 20 times the volume of Sydney Harbour and can hold 80 times at flood, a favourite place for all sorts of boating pursuits but we were occupied with a boat trip on the Ord River below the dam ...

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and finishing at Lake Kununurra.

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Geike Gorge

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 The old Fitzroy River Crossing

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

This week's links ...

1. 12 Common Posing Mistakes and How to Fix Them.

2. If you're into books then this is fun ... What Should I Read Next?

3. This fun from the Dog house diaries ... What each country leads the world in.

4. Tips on putting together magazine style photobooks ... I think I will refer to this and get stuck into some of our holiday books. I have such a backlog of photos now that I just need to do it and as she did drop the perfectionism.

5. These Hot Chocolates on a Stick look yummy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Kimberley's: Pt 1

As promised ... but where to start? September October in the Kimberley's is the beginning of the build up season, when the weather becomes progressively hotter and more humid in preparation for the wet season. Over the course of the day clouds will build up and then disperse without raining. Although one day we were treated to an afternoon shower.

So you basically step out of the truck and begin to sweat ... and that's before you begin scrambling over rocks to get to some of the more spectacular scenery. Fortunately, in most places, there are ample places to cool down despite it being the end of the dry season, when the water is at it's lowest. So I'll begin with the beach, waterfalls, waterholes and rivers that we cooled down in.

Cable Beach.

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Bell Gorge.

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Galvan's Gorge.

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Barnett River Gorge.

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King Edward River.

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The waterhole at the Mitchell Falls Wilderness Camp.

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Little Merton Falls.

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Top of the Mitchell Falls.

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Emma Gorge

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Zebedee Springs.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spring chaos ...


With her plaster she couldn't help ...  she read while I brought some order to a small corner of the chaos.

** Edited to add: As an experiment I posted this from my iphone but I wanted to add thanks to Amy for her push inspiration to just post something after my extended blogging break. So much has been happening that it's been hard to know what to write ... the Little Girl and I went to the funeral of her good friend's mother who was also a friend of mine on Thursday ... we've almost hit the 9 weeks after the accident with her finally out of the wheelchair and on crutches but still in plaster ... 

*** I promise next post to share some photos from our holiday ... the one where had to leave the Little Girl at home :(