Pit toilets were the facilities and the fundamental nature of poo was one of the many discussions around the campfire when Kelli, Sven, Ben, Michelle, Neil and I went to Sundown national park for the long weekend. A good time was had by all and although the area was very dry and most of the “creeks” are now actually just rough walking paths, it was still great to be out in the peace and quite. Below is one of the few places where a decent body of water could be found.

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We arrived Friday night, some earlier than others with Sven and Neil getting a little lost and suffering the abuse of disgruntled farmers. Sundown is “wilderness” camping with only the basics. Our little campsite by day…

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…and by night…

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During the day we headed up one of two sides of a ridge and the end of the campsite. Oliine creek was a lovely walk in a narrow canyon which ended at this rockpool (done with HDR). Still not sold on the whole HDR thing but still trying.

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On the way back some of us braved the scramble/climb over the ridge into the opposing creek which we all headed up the second day. It was far less spectacular, especially since after a short walk there was little water and walking on loose rocks became tiring.

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I even managed time to whip up a small oil painting – a slow exposure of tree reflections.

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Sunset on the way in Friday was quite spectacular with great cloud cover and colours. Sadly the next two sunsets were not as nice and we only went out for this one – which was a mini celebration for Ben’s birthday!

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We did obligatory star trail shots down in the river bed closest to the campsite.

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On the way home on Monday we stopped off at Bald Rock which according to our walking encyclopaedia Sven, is the second largest monolith in Australia.

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And finally this on the rainforest walk down the rock. Another HDR.

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It was a great trip and I look forward to doing it again sometime. I should also mention we ate like kings during the stay, even having a roast on Sunday night (cheers Neil). Lack of co-ordination meant we all brought enough food for everyone and left with quite a bit :)

Comments

2 Responses to “BEWARE: Poo Particles are Airborn”

  1. Sven on May 8th, 2007 12:43 pm

    A goodly selection there, I must say.

    I know what you mean about the HDR thing – how about instead of doing the whole HDR thing, trying to layer two exposures, blending them with diagonal gradients, and see how that compares?

  2. jon on May 8th, 2007 1:23 pm

    That sounds time consuming for my feeble Photoshop skills. I like 90% of the work to be done in a single click :)

    Looking on the laptop I am noticing that de-saturation effect compared to my main monitor again. Really should borrow Chris’s spider.

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