Study Tour #1

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Setting out on this study tour, I thought I would have plenty of time to process my images, to write about my travels and to upload an assortment of images. However the reality is that when I have time, which is not that often due to driving, camp duties, etc, there is no internet connection. So, I will not be posting as often as I had hoped.

It is Sunday and I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Alice Springs, having arrived here on Friday. This is the group’s meeting point before we head off tomorrow on an 800 km stretch to Dunmarra and cutting west to Kununurra on Tuesday. Today is a ‘time out’ day so a bit of an opportunity to do some writing and image processing.

The journey so far has been nothing short of awesome! So many new sights, scenery and experiences that it is hard to commit them to writing at this point. I have managed to capture many images that fall into the theme of the tour, but properly cataloguing and processing them will have to wait until I get home. That said I will be doing some quick processing on the way for uploading, a few examples below and on my Facebook page.

So far we have covered 2936 km, with 400 of those yesterday exploring the Macdonnell Ranges.

My impressions so far: the scale of everything, the variety of landscapes and the simplicity of life on the road.

The images attached:

The header: Lake Eyre – damp, but without water, hence it is not its usual white colour

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1. A ruin at the deserted township on Farina. There is currently a squad of volunteers progressively restoring this site, which at its peak in the late 1800’s had a population of 600. It developed from sheer optimism of the cultivating and farming the land, but the climate overcame and the township started to shrink until the last inhabitants moved out in the 1960’s.

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2. The railway siding at Curdimurka. This was once one of the many water points for the trains going north from Adelaide to Darwin.

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3. Ormiston Gorge in the Macdonnell Ranges, close to Alice Springs

 

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