Day 7/35 – Part 2/2

Cathedral Gorge

Hereafter I go straight to the south side of the park where the honeycombs rocks (Bungle Bungles) are. Finally, I see them with my own eyes! The light is far from ideal, but good enough for a first set of photographs.

Bungle Bungles

In particular with these photos the light is still too harsh. That has to be much better tomorrow, maybe even tonight already, who knows.

Bungle Bungles

Bungle Bungles

First to Cathedral Gorge now. I follow a trail that enters the canyon between the Bungles a bit further. You can’t really see them from up close of course, because the walls are quite high. The walls themselves are a nice sight as well and soon I discover beautiful erosion patterns.

Cathedral Gorge

Here a bit closer on the right lower part of the previous photo.

Cathedral Gorge

After a few hundred meters the canyon turns sharply to the right and ends in a large open cave under a waterfall. The floor is covered with white sand and there is a solitary tree. I keep photographing it until I can not improve the composition any further: the green of the tree with as much red rock background as possible and enough white sand on the foreground. To further improve it I would have to photograph from a lower vantage point, to be able to have red rocks behind all the leaves but then I will end up with an ugly stone on the photograph that is lying just in front of the tree. Whatever I try I can’t get it any better than this.

Cathedral Gorge

The round Cathedral is much too wide for my lens from this distance. So pity I left my ultra wide lens at home. This will not happen anymore. I will always bring it, weight limits or not. The photographs are good enough but I would like to have one that covers the whole Cathedral.

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

Then I focus attention to other erosion patterns in the wall, that I have seen already half an hour ago.

Cathedral Gorge

It occurs to me that the deep red color is only covering a very thin outer layer. The rocks themselves are white. Weird, this I didn’t expect. Wonder how this came to existance. Red colours are usually caused by iron oxide, in another word rust.

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

It doesn’t take long before the sun will set. I have to start going back to the car, having all the photographs I had in mind.

Around the time I’m back I notice a warm orange light on the rock walls but a good composition is failing. I have no free view from here and I am actually a bit too late. I shoot a couple from inside the canyon, but these are throw aways.

This provides good opportunities for tomorrow however, but I have to have a good look into it, about best place and time, because only after a few minutes all the light is gone.

A 34 kilometer ratling dirt road follows in darkness back to the camp site. I notice some nice tree silhouets with colors in the sky, but can’t find a good location to shoot from. Also a couple of dingo’s along the road.

The camp site is pitch black except for a couple of head lights. I find my spot quickly, because I have checked it earlier today already. Of course I don’t have any camping stuff with me, so I’ll have to sleep in the car. Will be very nice and comfortable. Have been looking forward to it all day (-;

I actually had hoped to put down the back seat to be able to lay down completely stretched. Not so. The seat can be put down but not in a way that it is comfortable. Besides, it’s still very warm outside, 30 degrees at least.

Because I have no alternative, I fold myself on the back seat. For hours I try to find a position in which it’s possible to sleep. But almost every position I try, results in cramping legs and arms or some other part that starts complaining. The warmth isn’t helping either.

The sky outside is very crisp. I always get the feeling that there are less stars in the southern hemisphere. Wonder whether this is really the case or am I only imagining this?

Somewhere in the middle of the night I wake up for the umpteenth time and discover that it has become really cold. I have to put on some extra layers of clothing to get back warm again.

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