October Squares – Week Four Review

As the month draws to a close . . .

. . . I can hardly believe that I have found so much time to partake in Becky’s month-long photo challenge.  With only three days left, I think I may have saved the best for last.  (You’ll have to let me know over the next three days.)

In the meantime, here’s the story behind each photo I shared this week.

Tumblagooda Sandstone – Western Australia

Day 21 – Bonus Square

This is another photo I took of the Tumblagooda Sandstone in Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia.

This sandstone was deposited between four to five hundred million years ago and found nowhere else in the world.

Click here to see the entire image.

Lake Argyle – Western Australia

Day 22 – Buckled Lines

Like many other parts of Western Australia’s Kimberley region, the rock formations are unusual and unique, attracting geologists from all over the world to study the forces of nature that created them.

And just like the Tumblagooda Sandstone in Kalbarri National Park, these ‘buckles’ are another example of those unique formations.  This photo was taken during a cruise on Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest, man-made, freshwater lake (on our mainland anyway, there’s a bigger one in Tasmania).

You can find more photos here.

Blue Mountains – New South Wales

Day 23 – Mountain Line

There is something magical, mystical almost, about seeing the Blue Mountains.  They were so named due to the blue haze that hovers above them, believed to be due to dispersed droplets of Eucalypt oil combined with dust particles and water vapour scattering refracted rays of light which are largely blue in colour.

In fact, this is Rayleigh scattering, the same phenomenon that gives us a beautiful blue sky to gaze upon and is not unique to the Blue Mountains region of Australia.  Distant mountains appear blue because of the scattering of the light between your eyes and the mountain itself. (Incredible isn’t it?)

I had lots to say about our time in the Blue Mountains, you read all about it and see many more photos here.

Dragon Fly photographed in North Queensland

Day 24 – Wing Line

I ‘captured’ this Scarlet Percher while on a walk through the Cairns Botanical Gardens.

This was perhaps the best photo I took of a dragonfly. He was moving rather fast, darting all over the place, and this photo is another testament to the wonders of a ‘point ‘n click’ camera.

This was my Photo of the Week back in April 2016.

You can see the entire photo, and read about this little guy, here.

Mesa – South Australia

Day 25 – Mesa Lines

Mesa is the name given to an isolated, flat-topped elevation, ridge or hill, which is bounded from all sides by steep escarpments and stands distinctly above a surrounding plain.  Mesas are formed by differential erosion that removes weaker types of rock, leaving the more resilient types of rock exposed.

Although not flat-topped, these are mesa all the same affectionately referred to (by the locals) as ‘Salt & Pepper’ and their distinct colouring is due to differing rates of erosion.  They are found in South Australia’s Breakaways Conservation Park and an absolute gem.  We encountered them the same day we ‘found’ the dingo fence I shared back on Day 3.

You can see the entire photo here.

Nitmiluk Gorge – Northern Territory

Day 26 – Gorge Lines

Taken directly from my post about this magical place, back in March 2016 I said:

“Nitmiluk Gorge is incredibly impressive as it winds along 12 kilometres (7.8 miles) of sheer sandstone cliffs that extend to heights of more than 70 metres (229.7 feet).  Comprising of 13 separate gorges, Nitmiluk Gorge is a maze of waterways that began as a crack in a fault line, over countless millennia they were sculpted through the power of erosion by what would become known as the Katherine River.”

I cannot add to that.

You can find more photos here.

Pathway, Betka Beach – Victoria

Day 27 – Tree Lines

This photo was taken along the Heathland Walk at Betka Beach in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.  I was fascinated by the natural arbour the trees created and walking beneath was almost magical.  I all but expected something enchanting to jump out and surprise me, and had it been later (aka, darker), I may not have walked this pathway at all for fear of something freaky jumping out at me. (Ha, ha.)

You can find the whole photograph here in the gallery of others from Mallacoota – and there are all sorts of lines amongst them.

Cape Jervis – South Australia

Day 28 – Sunset Lines

This photo was never part of an update (or report) on a location where we found ourselves lost during our incredible journey, but I clearly remember taking this photo at Cape Jervis while we waited for the ferry to cross to Kangaroo Island.

We arrived early, parked our mini home near the water’s edge and, with an uninterrupted view of the ocean to the west, we just sat there and enjoyed watching the sun disappear at the end of the day.  (A treat for someone like me who has lived her entire life on the east coast.)

You can find more photos here where I shared a lot of other sunset photos I took at one time or another.

This is part of my October Squares – Day 28 entry in Becky’s photo challenge – Lines & Squares.

Here’s a coloured square of my featured image.

Kata Tjuta – Northern Territory

(It’s a ‘Lumpy Line’ that didn’t make the cut this week.)

Author: Clare

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