Curled Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #10

A new frond unfurls from the centre of a tree fern.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

At Sun Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #9

Casuarinas, commonly known as she-oaks, grow in thick stands along the banks of Carnarvon Creek.

Overnight storms bring welcome rain to the gorge. Hours later, hundreds of raindrops still cling to the trees’ fine needles. In the early morning sunlight, they glisten like garlands of tiny fairy lights.

Each raindrop is unique, capturing a tiny image of the bush around it. The sparkling drops won’t last long – as the sun heats the valley, they’ll evaporate and the miniature world within each one will disappear for good.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Dried Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #8

Cycads are endemic to central Queensland and grow prolifically in Carnarvon Gorge. Descended from prehistoric plants which grew at least 280 million years ago, cycads bear either male or female cones. While local indigenous people used the cones as a nutritious food source, don’t be tempted! They store large amounts of cyanide and are highly toxic, unless treated correctly before eating.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Keep Up If You Can!

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #7

Dozens of jewel coloured dragonflies hover over the water of Carnarvon Creek. They flit from one rock to the next, resting for a few seconds before zooming away like tiny rockets. We’re keen to record their beauty but, by the time the camera’s in position, they’ve already moved on. Capturing one in a photo is challenging and getting a clear image is cause for celebration.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Way Up Top

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #6

Carnarvon fan palms may be tall and gangly, with their fan shaped fronds clustered up to 12 metres above the ground. But when they grow in groups along the creek bank, they provide plenty of shade for a relaxed picnic lunch.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Uplifting

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #5

The sandstone cliffs of Carnarvon Gorge are ancient. They were formed around 200 million years ago, with volcanic flows adding a basalt cap 170 million years later. Over time, erosion by water and movement in the earth’s crust have created the dramatic landscape today’s visitors admire.

Giant slabs of sandstone, with strata lines following the slope up from the creek, are visual evidence of the uplift which occurred so long ago.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Upstream

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #4

Carnarvon Creek meanders along the valley floor from one end of the gorge to the other. Sometimes the creek is broad and the water pools, shallow and calm. Elsewhere it flows over a gravelly bed of pebbles or around large, misshapen boulders.

The main walking track through the gorge follows the creek, often with stepping stones to cross from one side to the other.

There’s even a crossing on the short walk to the Rock Pool. Take your time or you’ll reach the other side with damp feet.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Looking Up

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #3

Our first reaction when we arrived at Carnarvon Gorge was to turn our heads upwards.

Carnarvon Gorge National Park is dominated by sheer sandstone cliffs topped with eucalyptus trees and grassland. Rising up to 200 metres high, the cliffs line each side of a narrow forest-filled valley more than 30 kilometres long.

We were destined to gaze skywards for much of the next week.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Also joining Jude’s Life in Colour Challenge #colour2021

Light up the Night

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #2

The first task when setting up camp is to get the campfire going. BYO firewood, chairs and drinks!

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp

Up and Away

SquareUp Photo Challenge: Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 #1

When, after months of restrictions and stay at home orders, our state Government announced that Queensland was “good to go” we packed up our caravan and headed off on a road trip, up north to Carnarvon Gorge National Park. We broke up the 600 km journey by free camping on the first night at Judds Lagoon, near Yuleba.

In January I’m joining in with Becky’s Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word up. Look for #SquareUp