One of the most popular gorges in the park is Dales Gorge. It’s probably the least strenuous of the tourist gorges with a short decent down the cliffs and a very pleasant walk along the creek at the base, linking Fern Pool to Circular Pool.
One of the most beautiful places is found at Ferns Pool. A gorgeous pool with lush overhanging trees, completely surrounded by reeds and ferns, and then two lovely waterfalls at the end. This used to be a locals secret, but now days is almost constantly populated during the day by tourists and miners from the many nearby mine sites.
This image is Fern Pool. Unfortunately I was unable to get the image/composition I was after as people were swimming when I was there. I revisited again, but this time there were about 50 backpackers. In this image you can still see the swimmers in the bushes near the tree to the left, I had to time it for when they got into position behind it. It was the only image I was able to get without them in frame though. The swimmers did create nice ripples across the surface however, that I do quite like. It is a location I do want to do again though.
The second image here is from some pools about a third of the way down the gorge. The light started turning late in the afternoon just as I returned to this location. I love the waterfalls stepping up into the center of the image. And the sharpness of the rocks as the carve through the water. I would have liked to have got a bit wider so I could get the top waterfall a bit more in the frame, but it is as far as my lens could go. After I took this I bought Christian Fletcher’s Karijini book, and saw he’d taken one of the images from this exact location. Unfortunately for me, mine no longer looked as good…. But that’s why he’s were he is today.
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