Monday, 29 July 2013 09:12

Crimson cocky

Sitting in a park at Paraburdoo today and suddenly the air was filled with the noise of screeching cockatoos. Nothing unusual there. But a closer look revealed not all was normal.

Even the cockies in this ore-tainted Pilbara town are red.

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Saturday, 27 July 2013 11:55

Hancock Gorge

After photographing Kermit's Pool, I turned to retrace my steps out of Hancock Gorge.

With the light fading I decided to pack away my camera and tripod to reduce the temptation to keep shooting.

Almost out of the gorge I stopped to work out the way over a small waterfall. Looking back, the late afternoon sun on the cliffs above was reflected red in the pool below the falls. I unpacked my gear one last time.

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Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:25

Kermit's Pool

There’s something about hard to get to places.

This photo was taken at Kermit's Pool, part way along Hancock Gorge in Karajini National Park.

To get there I had to swim though a freezing pool, climb down a waterfall, and squeeze through a chasm about two metres wide and 20-metres long.

The best part, because I set off late in the afternoon, when I finally got there I had the place all to myself. 

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Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:18

Red dirt

Sometimes the real beauty is in the detail.

After walking around all day looking up at ridges and cliff faces of Karajini National Park, it wasn’t until late afternoon I finally looked down.

The deep red of the soil beneath my feet, was, in many ways, just as amazing as the vistas all around.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Circular Pool

It has taken 8,000 kilometres of driving to get here, but the gorges of Karijini National Park are worth it.

Spent today trekking though Dales Gorge with my wife, Anthea, and our daughter Queenie.

The colours at Circular Pool (pictured) were particularly spectacular.

Photo notes: used a polarizing filter to reduce water reflections and a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds to capture the waterfall. 

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Million dollar ocean views

If you ever want to understand the impacts major mining can have on remote towns, Port Hedland’s real estate market would be a good starting point.

Dropped in on some friends yesterday who are renting a three-bedroom brick veneer in the town; rent: $3000 per week.

And stayed with a cousin whose old fibro place, built in the 1960s, is now worth about a million bucks.

The house in the photo is worth $1.2 million. It does have ocean views, though – out to iron ore carriers on the horizon.

Photo notes: ran a texturised filter over the image in photoshop to give it some character. 

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

Red town

If I had to describe Port Hedland in a word it would be 'red'. Iron ore red, to be specific. But that’s three words.

Not surprising considering BHP’s main iron ore shipping facility is about 300 metres from the town centre.

Three-kilometre-long trains roll in one after the other, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. On the horizon, a line of more than twenty giant ore ships wait for their turn to dock. Beyond, out of sight, another line of ships waits to replace the first.

The scale of industry here in mind blowing; makes you wonder how long they can keep digging it up and shipping it out before it’s all gone.

This BP fuel tank at the Port Hedland port was once green and gold. Not anymore.

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