Ellery Creek flows from right to left through the gorge at the centre of this knot in the Macdonnell Ranges. The Finke River traverses this folded landscape in the background, exiting through the Glen Helen Gorge (far left).
To see this area on the ground click on Ormiston Gorge photo. Ormiston Gorge is located at the extreme right where the closer of the two branches of the Finke River (background) enters the photo area.
If you ever have the opportunity to explore this area, you will love it. Guaranteed!
It is so incredible for my european thinking of the flowing of rivers: down the mountains and so eroding them. But these ones are crossing (!!!) the mountains.
I am impressed by your quick appreciation of the different way of thinking that is necessary to understand this landscape.
This is ancient geology, and the river systems were certainly developed on much higher surfaces than those across which they flow today. As the surface has been lowered by erosion the "chassis" or underlying structures have been exposed, while the rivers have been able to maintain their general pattern of drainage.
I guess the change in thinking that is necessary which you have recognized corresponds to Charles Darwin's travels in the "Beagle", for his new experiences in the Pacific and in Australia, for example, informed his new and radical theories that he took back to Europe. Our national thinking about the environment here is constantly being reviewed as we adjust and understand better the environment in which we live. There have been many mistakes and abuses made along the way, from 'European thinking' to 'Australian experience'.
Bland colours, but the ridges and their formations catch the eye. R
Thanks Rob, it is always a joy to know I am sharing with you. The colours are spectacular on the ground.
liked this photo, looks like a work of art .... Dede - Brazil
I am pleased that you like this. I try to compose or frame my images in an artistic way and chose subjects that are of interest so thanks for the affirmation. The mountains of Central Australia are quite stunning even from the ground.
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Photo taken in West Macdonnell National Park, Central Australia NT 0800
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