On the way back I walk along the other river bank and here it’s much deeper. The walls have been eroded heavily and the floor goes down very steep in a bend of the river. The wall shows deep cavities, almost caves. Nice to walk in the shadows for a change.
Somewhat further downstream the floor comes up again and becomes shallow and even over the full width.
The landscape is so beautiful here…
…almost unreal. Here on the left I notice a trail I didn’t see before.
Curious where that leads to. It’s not difficult to follow and runs into a dead end after only a few hundred meters. Here’s a view on a plain that is much lower than where I am standing. Below I see the river and a couple of isolated hives. I think I have seen nice photographs of these before.
Nice place for tonight. Probably for a morning as well, but for now I am just too late.
On the way back I’m being accompanied by a little bird. She flies in front of me every time and then waits in a bush. It’s impossible to get close enough for a photograph. After a while she flies away and I walk back to the river.
The height of the Bungles is a couple of hundred meters.
The walls of the river-bed contain layers of pebbels. Most probably left behind by an earlier river and now this is all eroded again and transported down stream. Could well be that these same pebbles will be deposited a couple of kilometers down stream are covered again by a layer of debris, that is on it’s turn compressed to a new rock layer.
Here in this area I would love to shoot a timelapse for a couple of hundred thousand years (-; I can already visualise the scene. The Bungles that slowly emerge from their surroundings, getting their current form and erode back to dust that is transported away by the rivers streaming here in that timeframe.
Back on the river I walk to the place where I started this morning and from there follow the river further down to the left in the direction of the lower plain I saw earlier.
Difficult to estimate how far I will have to walk, but it seems feasible. It’s getting quite warm. The floor descends steeply here and I am starting to worry a bit about the way back later. The water would be streaming very rapidly with such a drop. I finally end up in a bend of the river at the beginning of the plain. It will take a lot of plodding to get to the first Bungles. Much too far for now. It also doesn’t seem to be the place I had in mind. Pity.
I have to go back that whole stretch in the burning sun. I use every bit of shade I can find. Now it becomes really clear how big the difference in temperature is between sun and shade. Escape the heat for a few minutes, have a quick drink and then return to the sun with reluctance. After well over 4 hours I have had it. As soon as the sun rose it became warmer quickly and now it’s just unbearable. Almost 40 degrees and then with all this stuff with me. I feel like a pack-donkey, keep going bitch.
Back at the car I am completely exhausted. Despite if have paid attention, still my intake of fluids has been too low. I also have the feeling that I have become too hot. I am feeling dizzy and sometimes my eyesight drops to darkness. I really have to recover and I just lay down after I have replenished my water level.
Almost nowhere in the park is shade except for a few spots with benches and canvas spanned above them. It’s still warm there, but in any case I am shielded from the direct heat. The only alternative is the car, but then the engine must be running with airco and that’s just not possible for a whole day. Let’s relax a bit. I do have a couple of good photographs and that is the most important now.