Shutterbugs lap up Pilbara tour
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.
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.