Capturing the other Karijini

Karijini National Park in the beautiful Pilbara region of Western Australia is home to incredible landscapes and gorgeous gorges’ (trying to be funny here!) that are some of the most photographed sites in Western Australia. The gorges of Karijini are incredible, beautiful and tremendous fun to climb around in but for photography I am going against the grain and prefer the topside. The gorges are cramped, walled in, claustrophobic and below the horizon. Not my style, not my love. I seek dimensionless wide open spaces with a huge sky where I can dream myself into a magical universe with no limits! So here is a slice of Karijini but not quite as most would know it!

A little short on time again; I shall let the images say whatever they have to say this week and just present a slideshow of three topside images from Karijini:

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Mt Vigors Sunset
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Taking in a magical sunset after hiking through the bush and then a great 1 kilometre climb to the top of Mount Vigors with great Phil from RemTrek: highly recommended.  The view from up here is extraordinary offering a stunning 360 unimpeded view of Karijini. We got great clouds and light on this day and I was high on the whole climb up and down and during the shooting. Magical experience. The climb down and walk through the bush in pitch black conditions lit only by torch light and a million stars is a truly otherworldly experience.

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Karijini Gum Trees in early morning light
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Karijini is also home to some very fine gum (eucalyptus) trees and I am happy to have captured this beauty bathed in the morning light.

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Karijini Red Dirt Road Dawn Cloudscape
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On our last day in Karijini a big cloud system moved in and dumped rain on us later in the day. I have already blogged about this brilliant morning here, and present another image of the same morning. I can never get enough of dramatic skies like this one and if you look closely there’s still a touch of rainbow left here.

A short glimpse into my version of ‘the other’ Karijini. If you have been fortunate enough to visit, what is your favourite spot at Karijini National Park?

29 Comments on “Capturing the other Karijini”

  1. Breath taking images Flemming – each has it's own special features. Such as the 'shard' of sublime light in the first image,
    the fantastic tree and it's enduring form beautifully lit and I love the light on the distant hills in the final image. Wonderful !

  2. Nice work Bo!

    Just back from the Rowleys…nice to see some more of your work up there.



  3. man I loved that Mt Vigors shot when you posted it a while back…. and yup, still love it!
    for me it's one of those images that stick in your mind and you can draw it out whenever you want and still remember the details. it's fantastic. bit of a weird explanation there but I think you'll know what I mean 🙂

    the other 2 aren't too shabby either- but please excuse me for not wanting to look at them over the top one haha

  4. Are you for real… CRAP…. No, in all seriousness mate, awesome images… IT was great to be part of this famous CAKE adventure that I am sure will go down in history as one of the greatest expeditions ever in the history of great expeditions, mark my words.. Cant wait to do it all over again, some time REAL soon….

  5. Hey Flemming,
    Good work, it`s too hard to deciede if it`s better upstairs or downstairs, Karijini is so magical and just gives me a whole spiritual feeling that I get lost and forget about the outside world. Mt Vigors is a great walk and the trek back to camp under the stars is another topic in itself. Thanks for the inspiration to get back there as soon as possible.

  6. Great to see some Karijini shots above the gorges. I reckon the areas general landscape is just as specky as down the gorges. You have certainly done the place justice Flemming.

    1. Thanks Chloé. All 3 shots were captured using the Canon 17-40 f/4.0 L lens. For the gum tree image it would have been brilliant to have the 17mm tilt shift lens. I would have tilted the focus plane and had everything from my feet to infinity in focus.

  7. Hey Flemming. The second pic of the tree is in my Pilbara book. You and I are the only people I know who have photographed it! Don't let the second out as to where it is though it's a real gem!
    Beautiful pics mate.

    1. Thanks very much Dave, that is quite cool 🙂 Must get your books when I get down under again. Rod Thomas was with me so he probably knows where the tree is as well, but we'll keep it under wraps 😀

  8. I've never been to Karijini – looking forward to when it happens though. The second shot is ace with the snaking lines through the shot and the glancing glow from the parched earth and tops of the spinifex in the foreground.

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