For something a little different, here is a photo of my sister holding one of my pythons. He’s the biggest one I have at the moment and he is a South West Carpet Python named Tom. Originally, he was very snappy when he was young and we called him Snappy Tom (after the cat food) and the name stuck. Now he’s settled he’s just “Tom”. He is a tad on the temperamental side and enjoys a good intimidating hiss and exhibiting the well known “S-bend” when woken up. He’s only three years old but behaves like an old man.
I think he looks lovely in black and white
This was the last stop for our last sunset on our last night in Kununurra. The sunset was underwhelming and it’s difficult to get a good landscape shot with so much australian bushland in the way!
We pulled over on the drive back home to catch a couple of snaps of the road…. I miss this place! I’d go back there in a heartbeat… so much land untouched, photos not captured and fish not hooked!
These two were taken around 5 minutes apart.
Now.. before you look at these photos of Emma Gorge…please, please remember that my lens was not a wide-angle….on the wider side, the 24-105 tries to capture most angles but if you’ve ever used a wide angle lens, it falls short by comparison. Emma Gorge was a difficult place to photograph too as the jutting cliff faces cannot be captured perfectly with the water in the one photo. I was restricted from taking a pano due to the vast number of people that were clustered around the water’s edge. Luckily though, the photos have only my family in them- the water was so cold that seeing people in the water was rare, which was great from a photography point of view!
The second photo is of Turquoise Pools – the pool just before you reach Emma Gorge. Absolutely stunning in person, the photos really haven’t captured the beauty of these places.
A beautiful natural hot springs located inside El Questro Wilderness Park that is most certainly a spot to visit. We were told getting there early is the best idea as it is open to the public from 7am – 12 noon and gets quite busy. We left our campsite as early as we could and got there bang on 7am to see just two other cars in the carpark – awesome!
Cait, Dad and I wandered around looking for photo opportunities but I think Dad was probably the best off armed with the Sigma (I really want to say 10-20mm…but can’t remember what it was!) and Cait was certainly the worst off with her 7D armed only with my 50mm f/1.4. I was forced into yet another situation where the 24-105mm was my only weapon and I missed my Canon 10-22mm more than ever. Think being stuck in Africa facing a hoard of angry lions and the only weapon you can find to defend yourself is a fork. A plastic one. That pretty much sums up my irritation at being able to get a decent photo with this lens – it’s just not wide enough on the 6D. I’m going to have to invest in a 16-35mm, I know!
So enough talking… here are the photos: (the first two are on the road to Zebedee, with Dad’s 4WD kicking up a lot of dust in front of us)..
Another two shots taken at Home Valley Station from the Pentecost river camping site as the sun was setting during low tide. This is a stunning place!
The first is the view to the right looking down river and the second is the view to the left looking up river:
When we left the confines of Perth’s inner suburbs and reached the dusty wilderness of Kununurra, we were amazed to see the difference in the night sky. It was alight with stars and colour and this sight was something I had never experienced before. With the milky way so prominent above us, we all had a go at capturing it. As my first try at taking photos of the heavens, it’s a little grainy and a little over exposed in terms of the stars showing a little bit of movement. But I can still look at these and remember how fantastical it actually looked – that’s right…not fantastic…fantastical, like it wasn’t real.
A very beautiful spot that is a popular place for fishing and getting attacked by crocodiles amongst the locals. We stayed here for a fish in the afternoon and then to watch the sunset, which was quite a nice one. Can you spot the crocodile in the second picture? Probably not! If you google “Ivanhoe crossing croc” there are much closer pictures of it and then you will know what I mean!