Day 5/35 – Part 5/5

Back to Ubirr

This morning when I left the hotel it was a comfortable 23 degrees. Meanwhile it has become already 30. There is so much light now that it doesn’t make sense to walk along the wooden walkway to find more subjects. They will not be pretty anyway.

Back to the hotel, refuel the car, pack everything and get out of here. I go back to Ubirr, the location where I was the day before yesterday. At the time, I was so busy taking photographs that I didn’t see everything. A couple of photographs are not good enough, because the sun was shining on the rock wall. Now, they will be in shade, and I expect the photographs to become a lot better.

Will cost maybe two hours, but I’ll have to drive that whole stretch to Darwin and it will become too warm for anything I will encounter along the way.

Aboriginal Rock Art

Aboriginal Rock Art

This drawing of Mabuyu remembers the people to tell a story about stealing. Mabuyu carries a fish, he caught, on a wire in his right hand, together with his barbed spears. In his left hand he has a spear thrower.

The wire was cut by thieves to steal his fish. That night, Mabuyu waited until the thieves that had eaten his fish, retreated in their cave along the East Alligator River. Then he blocked the entrance to the cave with a large rock. Everybody in the cave died. So, the lesson is… thou shall not steal.

Aboriginal Rock Art

These are the same drawings as the last time, but with this light they are much better. Glad that I have decided to return.

Aboriginal Rock Art

Aboriginal Rock Art

Here a Hollander is clearly visible, the small white man on the right.

Aboriginal Rock Art

It’s more than clear that it’s primarily fish you catch here for dinner, sometimes alternated by a Wallaby or a turtle (with or without a long neck).

Aboriginal Rock Art

Aboriginal Rock Art

Aboriginal Rock Art

The bones of this person are swollen by Miyamiya, a disease you one can get if disturbing a holy place close to the East Alligator River. In reality these are the consequences of radiation disease. There is a lot of Uranium ore at the place.

Aboriginal Rock Art

Before I return to Darwin, I recon the area surrounding Ubirr for a bit, because here is the West Alligator River. I have seen beautiful cruises on this river, but these I’ll keep for the next time.

The way back to Darwin is difficult again. Soon it’s soaring hot inside the car. It’s just like a sauna. The airco doesn’t seem to help that much. It might be broken.

In the store of a small gas station I get an icecream and talk to the girl behind the desk. She is from Germany and has been working here for a half year. What a place to work, you have to drive 100 kilometers either way to get to some kind of civilization. Here, there is nothing except the gas station and a red hot road.

Now that I can think clear again, I check the airco and notice that it’s just off (-; Ok, that really helps. But it’s still difficult. Before I arrive in Darwin, I pull the car over a couple of times to relax a bit. Apart from a major lack of sleep and a bit of jetlag, driving here takes a lot of concentration. The road is very narrow and above all very boring. One really has to keep paying attention.

In the end I arrive at my hotel at 16:00. The bed looks very tempting, and for only a moment I drop down, but I feel the sleep coming immediately. 2 minutes and I will be gone. Better not, otherwise I wil not sleep again tonight and tomorrow I have an even longer drive, well over 900 kilometers, 4 times longer than the one of today. That will be something.

I had intended to go south to Katherine directly from Kakadu, but now had to go via Darwin to pick up the new car.

When I want to recharge all batteries I discover that the AA-charger is not working. How did that happen? I also bring two for cases like these. But this time I took only one because of the weight limit and now it’s broken after 4 days already. This sucks. If I do not solve this problem, all my batteries will be dead in a few days and I will loose gps, flash light and flash unit. It’s already past 5. Quickly go out and try to find another one.

After asking a few people I find an electronics shop quite fast and unbelievable but true, they sell the same charger (-; That’s the way problems have to be solved!

At another time I lost half a day when the camera charger broke down. I always carry two ever since.

On the way back I pass an Indian take away, which provides me with a nice curry for dinner.

All in all another nice day. It feels good. I’m completely in my element.

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