Shut­ter­bugs lap up Pil­bara tour

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - ■ Pip Short

The win­ning pho­tog­ra­phers from Green­ing Aus­tralia’s Pil­bara Ex­posed Photo Com­pe­ti­tion were taken on a pho­to­graphic ad­ven­ture around the Pil­bara ear­lier this month.

The con­voy left Port Hed­land bound for Par­doo Road­house and from there they headed in­land, go­ing past the old Shay Gap town site and through the beau­ti­ful rolling hills on Yar­rie Sta­tion.

A lovely cool and shady se­cret wa­ter­ing hole served as both a re­fresh­ing break from the Pil­bara heat but also a great spot for shots of the beau­ti­ful rock fig (Fi­cus brachy­poda) con­trast­ing against the red rock cliffs.

We then headed over to the Yar­rie Sta­tion homestead for lunch.

It wasn’t long be­fore they had their cam­eras out again and were tak­ing pic­tures of all the in­ter­est­ing and quirky things around the late 1800s homestead.

We then set off for Mar­ble Bar and af­ter a quick re­fresh­ment at the Iron Clad Ho­tel, it was a race to get out to the iconic Mar­ble Bar bar to cap­ture the sunset.

That evening, af­ter din­ner and a bit of re­lax­ing around the camp­fire, they were out again to shoot the Milky Way.

Be­fore we knew it, it was time to hop out of the swags and head back to the iconic jasper bar to take some sunrise photos.

With the morn­ing light re­flect­ing off the red rock piles it was a truly mag­i­cal site.

Next stop on the agenda was a morn­ing cof­fee, but the colour­ful ar­ray of wild­flow­ers, mostly a mix of four dif­fer­ent species of mulla mulla, war­ranted a quick stopover.

Af­ter cof­fee we were treated to a spe­cial view­ing of Gwen Velge’s ex­hi­bi­tion, “Where wa­ter shapes coun­try, float­ing over the Pil­bara”, at the Mar­ble Bar Civic Cen­tre.

This fea­tured some spec­tac­u­lar aerial im­ages of the Pil­bara from the coast out to the desert.

I again have to thank ev­ery­one who en­tered the Pil­bara Ex­posed Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion.

The books are still avail­able for pur­chase at the Green­ing Aus­tralia of­fices and visi­tor cen­tres in Hed­land and New­man. ■ Pip Short is Green­ing Aus­tralia’s Pil­bara com­mu­nity projects co-or­di­na­tor.

Pic­tures: Green­ing Aus­tralia

Pil­bara Ex­posed photo com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Ri­ley McGrath, Janelle Cock­ayne, Liam Byrne, Kevin Mitchell, Sheldon Pet­tit and Aaron Chuua with Green­ing Aus­tralia’s Pip Short, third from right.

Beau­ti­ful wild­flow­ers on the road­side.

Spinifex-cov­ered rolling hills on Yar­rie Sta­tion.

Sheldon Petit and Liam Byrne at the se­cret wa­ter hole.

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