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Day 23 - Sunny day in the Bungle Bungles

2011.06.15
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This is my bed attire on the coldest nights, and also my round-the-camp attire, while its still cold. I have on three tops, tights and shorts, socks and balaclava. I managed to stop at wearing gloves to bed. Again, this series is worth enlarging (click on pic). And they are lighter so you can see more when enlarged.
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I was very taken by these embedded pebbles. I want to find a way to include this technique in my own concrete work at home - when i finally get started on it that is.
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The geography gives rise to some dramatic lighting opportunities.
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Unfortunately, backlit grasses mean flare unless you can dodge it but that's not easy.
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Here, we have stepped up to the edge of the river and are looking out over the plains to another row of of hills.
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I was so inspired by these rocks that i want to make a painting. This shot is to give me a good rendition of the colour values.
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Date 11 June 2011 Saturday


Destination: Back to Walardi Campsite in Nat Park
Distance: walked about 10km back down the creek with a heavy bag.
Departure time: 8am till 3.30pm
Water - I’ve been drinking the water from the pools without getting ill effects. Though they have they have been still for a little while. I didn’t drink so much today even though the sun was out and it was warm. Luckily it wasn’t too hot. It took us 6.30 hours to walk back and we checked out picaninny lookout which was also nice.




7.3.0am Breakfast
½ cup oats
Milk 1 cup
1 cup coffee - hot M offered me some hot water! She had a small stove.
5 apricots
6 almonds
sultanas

12pm: Lunch at in piccaninny gorge
Spaghetti with peas and olive oil
I think later I might have made some milk.

I watched Margaret eat chocolate coated museli bars with some envy and last night I woke up thinking about them in the middle of the night.

Back at the car M offered me an apple. [I can't carry apples or other fresh vegies and fruit on my bike so an apple is a serious gift.]

7pm: Dinner at Walardi campsite

I’m pigging out a bit tonight:

1.25 cups flour in dumplings with 1 sachet chicken soup
Fresh cabbage
Leftover piece pumpkin, zucchini, carrot and 3 small potatos brouight to us from the lodge.
Cup nescafe
Cup of hot milk
7 apricots
6 almonds
Some sultanas

[Since I’ve only diarised my food, perhaps I’ve said everything else already. Or perhaps I was just too knackered.

I had hoped to have a proper shower and wash the stink out of my clothes but i was too tired for the latter and i can't even remember washing myself but i hope it i managed that.

As our little trek came to its end, we both felt that we’d been extremely lucky with the weather. A cool day for hiking up the gorge and a warm but not hot sunny day for getting good shots on the way back. Before I started this walk, I met a woman who told me she’d had to turn back because of the heat. It is intense out here when it wants to be, even in winter. There’s also practically no shade in the river bed. Occasionally you can get a little from the rocks on the side and I now recall sitting in a one foot wide patch of shade to eat lunch.]

[Because the road into the bungle bungles is so - ah - adventurous, many people cannot go in unless they take a 4WD tour. Instead of taking a tour, many people opt for a flight over the bungles by plane or helicopter and most of the spectacular images you see of the area are aerial shots. Here's a link to one such shot. Use google images to find more. http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Oceania/Australia/photo155084.htm The white streak is probably the river we walked up. I met plenty of people who both drove in and took the flight and I never met a single person who regretted their trip whether it was by air or ground. That said, I hadn’t met any of the few who got their vehicles irrevocably bogged in one of the mud holes on the road in. I didn’t see anyone bogged either but it does happen apparently. ]

3 Comments
Tulpje Pretty! Looks a little like Kata Tjuta.
Tulpje · 2011-08-22: 07:32
JenPat Stunning shots again. And I often dress like that for camping.
JenPat · 2011-08-22: 08:34
portreeslim #s6 and 14 are particularly good shots.
portreeslim · 2011-10-11: 14:42
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