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Sounds of then

Out on the patio, we sit, and the humidity we breathe, we watch the lightning- crack over cane fields, laugh and think, THIS IS AUSTRALIA!

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Sounds of then

These famous lyrics by Ganggajang, of course from their hit song Sounds of then (This is Australia) is some lyrics (well and song) I find going through my head quite often. Well more times then not when I’m out and about, imersing myself in this great land. Funny thing is, i’ve never owned this song, not got the CD, not got the MP3, I simply think I don’t need it, it’s always going through my head.

For me, the song sums up love for this magnificent country, I feel the artists have a similar passion for it to what I do. In saying this, never have these words rung more true to me then here in the Pilbara. No we don’t have canefields…. the humidity we do, the patio’s we do- and thank god the lightning we certainly do! So often I find myself driving through the lands, with the biggest smile on my face. I simply can’t help it! There’s no one around to see it, so why do I need to express such joy and excitement when there’s no one else to see it?? As I said, I simply can’t help it.

During these times I realise how lucky I am, how lucky I am to experience what I have, to see what I have, to go where I have, to live where I do- to be Australian. I’ve not been elsewhere, but not once have I ever thought of living elsewhere, really not even within other states to be honest. I am a passionate Ozzie, but also a passionate Western Australian. Yes we have to drive some huge distances to get between places. But those places are well worth the journey, and the journey for me is just as good. Amazingly I’m just scratching the surface too, seen so much- but there is oh so much more I want to see and experience.

But that’s enough of the state divides, we are one at the end of the day. And every single state has it’s own amazing locations. Of which I hope to one day be able to visit also. As yet apart, from Sydney and the High Country, they have not been able to pry me away from my home state yet. It is a very big YET though, and I look forward to being able to get there and travel the other states, very much look forward to it actually. But in the mean time i’m proud to say this is my state, this is my country, this is my home- This, is Australia.

Now where was I going before all this ramble you ask……. well of course a post like this has to have a lightning image to accompany it. This is taken from the hill just near town, overlooking East Newman, and the main road into town. I’d been out North of town and hiked up into the hills to get a decent look at a storm that was building. Unfortunately for me it decided to run parallel with me and head on towards town, so no shots there but it did give me a chance to try my luck with this image, one which i’ve had in my mind since I moved here. Bit more ground strikes would have been nice, but that will come 🙂 15 sec exposure with 1 nice beautiful lightning strike in it 🙂

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Pilbara Dust Storm

Another quick post sorry, and just an Iphone pic I got from the other day. I was out at site for work, when returning back to town was literally surrounded by dozens of isolated storms. All of which were dumping a fair bit of rain, and kicking up a hell of a lot of dust!

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Mars incoming

As I was at work I only had my phone, but still like this image. Literally pulled over, jumped out and snapped one image with my phone before this storm hit full force and I was left with a face full of dust and rain lol. Wish I had a few more seconds to use, and of course my DSLR would have been nice too lol.

We also got hit pretty hard in town by a storm last night. Woken up by the walls vibrating, then hearing the wind and rain. Wind which ended up being just shy of 120km/hr, which when you’re in a fibro donger style unit is quite an interesting time haha. Definitely got my attention and even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to get back to sleep. Of coarse I was running around the house checking the storm out from every window like a little kid. Fair bit of damage around town, but i’m still surprised this thing didn’t get damaged. The way it was shaking the whole house I did wonder for a while.

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The Holland Track- the wrap up

Here’s the final couple of shot’s from my Holland Track trip.

In Full Flight

The first is of course the storm…. hope you’re not sick of hearing about that just yet! 🙂

It’s another in the vertical orientation but a bit wider. This enables you to see all the way to the cloud top, and there’s still some cool illuminated clouds stretching all the way to the top of the frame. The lightning went off during this exposure too, and while I don’t think it’s as nice as the previous, tighter composition- I still really like it.

Dreamy Pool

And finally here’s an image from Thursday Rock. The sunset wasn’t all that great, but with some clouds around I was able to get this real moody and atmospheric image looking across the pool and up to the rock cairn in the distance.

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The Holland Track- now for the details!

The other week I touched briefly on my trip along the Holland Track- which was mainly about the amazing storm we experienced on the first night. So here’s a bit more of an in depth post about the trip and what the Holland Track is.

The Track

The Track

Originally cut back in 1893 by John Holland- the track was made as a short cut for miners coming up from Albany who were heading out to Kalgoorlie in their rush for gold. It set off from Broomehille, heading North East through dense scrub land to Coolgardie, 530km’s away! Unbelievably this was cut in 2 months, led by John Holland who set out each day on horseback to locate the distinct rocks that trace the track. These were generally the only source of reliable water. What makes this feat even more remarkable- was that the section of track to the North East of Hyden regrew very soon after due to the Perth to Coolgardie train line being completed. It remained overgrown until in 1993 Adrian Malloy and Graeme Newbey retraced the route as close as they could with a tractor. I’m not entirely sure how long they took to cover the same ground to re-open it- but the first official trip occurred 5 months later.

2 months to cover that distance, in the dense scrubland and extreme climate conditions really is something to be admired. We went for a bit of a walk to try and locate some remnants of the original track at Thursday rock (which is no longer used for about 15km) and that was enough to realise partially what the original team experienced. It still wouldn’t even come close. The crossing was only made possible with the help of local indigenous people who knew where the rocks and their precious Gnamma holes were. Gnamma holes are water holes, kind of like wells that naturally occur in some of the large rocks found in the region.

The section from Hyden to Coolgardie is a popular 4wd track, with some tight, twisted and rutted sections to negotiate but all in all a pretty simple drive. We cruised along at a reasonable pace, taking in the sights. The Goldfields and their especially Mallee sections are stunning- when you see the magnificent Gimlet Tree’s you will be blown away. Growing in groves of hundreds of thin, wiry tree’s- the reds that can be found in their bark is unbelievable. Unfortunately this time I wasn’t able to get any pics of them, but next time I’ll be making sure i’m at a nice location late in the afternoon when the sun lights them up in spectacular fashion.

We didn’t stay at the intended campsite the first night as there was a large number of travelers staying at Sandlewood Rock- so we made do on a side track. Which of course provided the incredible view of the thunderstorms that were in the region. A night that I still think about daily. After packing up we set off to our campsite for the next 2 nights, which was a nice big campsite nestled at the base of Thursday Rock.

Here we were lucky to pretty have it to ourselves for the 2 days, and each morning and afternoon I headed up the rock to try and get some photos. Managed a couple but nothing that I was really happy with. The light just wasn’t co-operating and I managed to find myself in the wrong places. There’s always next time 🙂

So here’s another couple of photos I got on the trip. The first is sunset on the first night. The clouds lit up quite uniquely, so I used the track we came along for the foreground. As you can see there was no foreground interest anywhere as the tree’s are still quite young after the fires that swept the region. This is quite a contrast to the scene that was unfolding to my left.

Electryifying Sunset

To the left was were the storm was building, sparking up and then going nuts! The ground lightning just wouldn’t spark out of the storm head for me, so I had to go a bit wider to get some. Unfortunatley resulting in a bit too much black for my liking in the top right, but the clouds were that thick there wasn’t much else I could do. A nice bit of cloud lightning in that area would have topped this off I think. I love how the rain has been iluminated by some lightning!

Golden Sunrise

The last image here is from Thursday rock. I waited for sunrise to light up the rock face. I think this image sums up the feel of the Goldfields. The precious water, a golden bit of light, and then the harshness of the region. I still didn’t quite get what I was after, and I wish I tried a few other things with this pool. But that will unforetunately have to wait untill next time.

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