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April 03, 2013

Last Day in the Alice and surrounds ( all 300kms of it :-)

_AP_0714sonnyphotosASPJust 10-12km out of town and we get to Emily's gap and I love this tree and you see how important these trees are in the summer to give some much needed shade from the blistering sun _AP_0718sonnyphotosASPjust amazing landscape, these long snaking mountain range, and then you get these gaps where water would flow through after the rains _AP_0719sonnyphotosASPand as you can see by the dry river bed, no rain in a while _AP_0726sonnyphotosASPOllie & Fin, the video crew, stayed on with me for an extra day as well ( the rest of the crew flew back today )  to get some more location/landscape shots/footage NTA_1849sonnyphotosASPwould like to be here now one day when the water is flowing NTA_1855sonnyphotosASPCaterpillar Dreaming Rock painting at Emily's Gap, an aboriginal story about the three caterpillars NTA_1857sonnyphotosASP


NTA_1867sonnyphotosASPEmily Gap from the other side NTA_1880sonnyphotosASPon our way to the next gap, spotted this NTA_1883sonnyphotosASPone could say it is funny, but one could also say, please, take your rubbish with you after you finish your big adventure, if every Euro tourist did this, well, then yeah, it would be a tip wouldn't it NTA_1900sonnyphotosASPJessie's Gap NTA_1902sonnyphotosASPOutback pyramid at Jessie's Gap NTA_1905sonnyphotosASPvastness to the south, I guess about 100-150km and you would be at the edge of the simpson desert NTA_1908sonnyphotosASPbroken up caterpillars ? NTA_1914sonnyphotosASPgot to love the outback and taking shots NTA_1916sonnyphotosASPand the strange thing is I'm trying to cram in so much in one day when you should really spend a good big week out here exploring NTA_1918sonnyphotosASPbut be wary at dusk of wild life NTA_1921sonnyphotosASProadkill NTA_1926sonnyphotosASPon the wide open road NTA_1928sonnyphotosASPCorroboree Rock, a sacred Aboriginal site NTA_1940sonnyphotosASPThe rock itself is an outcrop of dolomite from the Bitter Springs Formation originally laid down in salty lakes 800 million years ago. Dolomite is a soft sedimentary fine grained rock. It is very similar to limestone except magnesium carbonate is the dominant compound rather than calcium carbonate. At the base of the rock you can see dark grey and light grey streaky blobs of 'dalmation rock'. A ring of low ground surrounding the rock makes it look like an obelisk. NTA_1944sonnyphotosASPit's incredible how thin it is, and I read how this is pushed up by years of seismic activity NTA_1946sonnyphotosASPafter a beer at the Ross River resort, we were on our way to a ghost town, the friendly bar keep told us to check out the Sphinx, same rock formation as corroboree rock NTA_1950sonnyphotosASPand this one too is super skinny ( I know not in this shot of course ) NTA_1959sonnyphotosASPI became a horse whisperer for about 5 minutes, but this is as close as I got, I did have more luck with a donkey, who actually walked up to me NTA_1960sonnyphotosASP

NTA_1974sonnyphotosASPon our way to Arltunga Historical town, now a ghost town, some say it is the birthplace of the outback, a gold rush here in the hills prompted the South australian government to invest in this area before Alice Springs existed, and now reversal of fortune so to speak NTA_1977sonnyphotosASPthe colours NTA_1982sonnyphotosASPone the few remaing buildings, the police station and jail :-) NTA_1985sonnyphotosASPearly airconditioning unit NTA_1987sonnyphotosASPas we drive on, I spot this seam of white gleaming rock up on a hill, not too far off the road, I pull over and see if the boys care to join me for a trek up the hill, they opt out, but I'm intrigued and head up, not soon after, it feels like I'm walking along fields made up of broken quartz NTA_1989sonnyphotosASPso much of it, and I'm curious as to how/why NTA_1990sonnyphotosASPthe higher I walk the bigger the Quartz NTA_1993sonnyphotosASP

NTA_1996sonnyphotosASPtill finally, at the top. And these blocks are the size of an apartment block NTA_2001sonnyphotosASPincredible NTA_2005sonnyphotosASPand it runs through the hill, incredible. It did look more magical with the sun reflecting on it from the road NTA_2008sonnyphotosASPyou can see it carry on through the hills NTA_2012sonnyphotosASPglad I walked up here to check it out, as I am impressed NTA_2044sonnyphotosASPon our way back to Alice, I love the hues in the desert skies from the outback


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