Wearing two layers of clothes I wake up a couple of times at night because of the cold. At 04:30 luckily the alarm goes off and I can start moving. With chattering teeth I drive to Osmand Lookout for the first shoot of today. This is very close to Echidna Chasm that I visited the first day.
From this place one has a nice view on the Osmand Range, an old mountain range dating from beteen 1.9 and 1.6 billion years ago. Right in front of me are the oldest mountains, the beautiful Halls Creek Group that consists of compressed sediments and volcanic rocks.
After sunrise it takes a while before the light is catching them. This because the Osmand Lookout lies on a comparable but younger mountain range, where the Echidna Chasm runs through.
The forest on the foreground is primarily Eucalyptus trees with grass in between. Water from Echidna chasm and the surrounding mountains flows during the monsoon into the Red Rock Creek that is dry at other times. The Osmand Creek has permanent water because it’s fed by springs. All water leaves the area via the Ord river.
The Osmand Range is located in a vast area that is almost impassible because of its remoteness. Various small spots contain rain forest and there are plants and animals that only live here, sometimes even limited to one of these micro-ecosystems. I definitely would like like to have a look around. It all seems so within reach, just have a walk down here into the forest, but I do know better.
Although, now I see the photograph, I might try to reach that hill in the middle. It doesn’t look that far away, but it’s very easy to mistake in this dry air. Because of it’s clarity things look much closer than they really are. Well, we’ll see.
Then I suddenly see a nice rock wall glow orange to my left.
In between a friendly bird that starts singing at only a few meters away. Cute little bird and what a guts (-;
Completely unexpected I get a real surprise as I see a well formed summit start glowing deeply orange behind me.
Those are realy good! So far I haven’t seen photographs like these from Osmand Lookout. Am I the first one? Could it be that those photography are truly unique?
The palms provide an indication of how large these chunks really are.
While the sun creeps further down on the rocks, I shoot one after the other.
The rock wall of a couple of minutes ago is now completely in light.
Here the last one of the whole summit.
Thee Halls Creek Group of that first photo is completely lighted now as well. I am done here for now.
Up front I would have expected the whole forest to light up directly after sunrise. But I should have known that that would not be the case. The mountain range behind me catches all that first light. The beautiful orange summit is a nice bonus though.
Quickly get into the car for the drive back. First 56 kilometers of ratling along the dirt road to leave the park, where I shoot one of my rare self portrets.
A bit further one of the rocks that are quite photogenic.
Then the 200 kilometers back to Kununurra followed by well over 600 boring kilometers to Katherine.
I arrive in the evening around 18:00 (left at 07:30). The light is beautiful and I have a drive around to find a nice subject, but soon I give up. There is nothing interesting here. Hotel I have found easily. Finally I can get rid of these stinking clothes and have a good shower after 4 days being without. I am really looking forward to it.
There are a few ladies at the desk and I excuse myself beforehand for the stench surrounding me. They ask where I have been and after I have explained, they tell me that they smell nothing. Weird. that shower is as good as I had expected and after completing my story I fall asleep.