Nicholas Atkin Fine Art Photography

Western Australia Tour Part 5 - Karijini

Nicholas Atkin - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The culmination of 8,000 km of driving and 3 weeks was the arrival at my final destination, Karijini National Park.


I have been very eager to get to this part of the country for several years and the main reason for this specific road trip was to photograph Karijini.


Karijini National Park is around an hours drive to the East of Tom Price, a mining town in northern WA.  The region is a major mining area, but areas such as Karijini are left in a pristine condition. The earth here is so red its almost hard to imagine.  The roads are carved into the red earth and everything that passes through the area becomes covered in a red dust film. 


                              Pilbara Road, WA


Karijini is a park filled with red earth, jagged hills covered with snappy gums and deep gorges that have been eroded by millennia of water erosion from the annual storms that hit the area during the early months of the year.


The surface temperatures can climb well into the high 40ºs and quite often above 50º, but below in the gorges, is a different world.  Cold streams run through the valleys, and the high walls create shade throughout most of the day.  There is a myriad of different types of plant life clinging to the gorge walls and stream beds.


                              Weano Gorge, Karijini NP


Deeper into the gorges, the water erosion has carved narrow gaps through the rock, here the walls made from iron ore are colored red and blue. 


 Karijini NP, WA

                              Weano Gorge, Karajini NP

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