This week’s photo challenge also fits basically the entire collection of my photos from my outback camping experience during high-school; we were on the way to Darwin, then to Adelaide, then finally back home to Perth. So, here’s a walk down blog-mory lane!
This was one of the campsites we stayed at – in the middle of nowhere 😀 While there is a lot about living in Australia that may not be considered perfect, no matter where I have gone there will always be a special place in my heart reserved just for the stark, vast expanse that is Australia. I loved Paris, I aim to travel much of Europe, and I really want to see Japan; but something about the big blue sky will always make me want to come back to Australia. I guess there’ll be no Parisian retirement for me! ;P
During high school I went on a formative trip around Australia, camping on the roadside every night with my classmates. We travelled from Perth to Darwin to race our school science project (a solar-powered car) down to Adelaide. This was the very last sunset of the trip, and I only managed to get this single shot of it from the bus window. The trees rushed by as the light faded for the last time on our journey.
AS I haven’t posted any Australian images in a while…HERE’S ONE! YAAAAAAY! This one was taken on the bus on my school camping trip around outback Australia – we passed by so many incredible sights but I really liked the simplicity of this wind-turbine-silhouette…with a lot of editing of course, as my Kodak Easyshare camera had a tendency to delete colour after the sun got too glarey!
Because I’ve been a little bit Paris-centric these past few posts I felt it was time to bring it back home to Australia for a day! This photo I took on an my school 3-week roadside camp; ’twas a pretty view which we zipped by pretty fast!
Another photo I took on my camp around Australian roadsides; this isn’t any special land-mark, I just thought it made a very striking view!
A little boat in a large lake – another one of my photos from my three-week roadside-Australian camping trip. It was so beautifully calm – I wish we’d had the chance to camp beside it!
Taken at the top of a mini-oasis near Karratha (Western Australia) the view from here was such a stark contrast to what hid below that I will never forget it.
The Grotto – the next picture tells you a little more about this place! For those willing to go the extra mile on their daring road trip, this place comes with my highest recommendation!
On the way to Darwin, we stopped at my now favourite place in Australia – The Grotto. 22km from Karratha, it’s a little out of the way, but if you ask me, worth every second it took travelling there. It was like something out of a shampoo advertisement – a little tropical, a little lush and certifiably organic!
This one is so unmistakably Australian – I took it at one of the stops we made on our round-Australia school camp. It was incredibly humbling just how expansive and isolated the places we went were – not a soul for hundreds of kilometres.
Taken from the bus window goodness knows where!
Once again, snapped out the window of a bus on my school Solar Car trip!
This is just one of the many (many, MANY) photos I took out of the bus window on a three week school science trip – the blur adds interest I think!
A roadside we rushed by while on a bus tour of inner Western Australia. Such a simple view, but one I find appealing in the extreme!
This mining site in Kalgoorlie, Australia was the deepest and most extensive in the world when I visited it in 2009 with my school science group. It’s not-so-creatively named the “Super-Pit” – maybe a controversial achievement considering some of the mining industry’s current environmental practice, but I was awed by it’s immensity; I couldn’t see the bottom from where I stood!
I took this on my around-Australia camp for school, during which I was extremely snap-happy. Thousands of photos later, I am ecstatic. I lagged behind by a few seconds at every spot (even if it did drive one of the teachers a little bit nuts…) and ended up with the luxury of choice, as well as a very trackable memoir of my adventures! I love the vibrancy of these images – they are exactly as taken, no cropping or colour change – it was just this striking in person.
From one angle, this was a great view. From others, just as amazing. I don’t remember exactly where this was, but it was directly next to the road, not marked as a look-out or stopping point; it was just a magnificent coincidence that we pulled over for a rest!
You know it’s going to be a good trip when the first roadside camp looks this spectacular. In 2009 I and fifteen or so fellow high-schoolers camped around Australia (from Perth to Darwin to Adelaide and back to Perth) to race our school-built solar-car in the “World Solar Challenge”. It was FANTASTIC; I found out so much about independence on this trip and will eternally bow down to the awesome teachers who had the dedication to cart a bunch of rowdy and most definitely stinky teens around in a clunky tour bus for three weeks. Also, all the pictures I took on this trip are from the before-Fujifilm era of my life; I had a little Kodak Easyshare model for the duration. It was SO GOOD. It took amazing landscape shots – never underestimate the cheap digital cameras; they can be awesome, as this one was.
I took this on a round-Australia-roadside-camping-trip run by the Science extension program at my High-school. I used my now defunct but pretty good for its time Kodak Easyshare – no zoom whatsoever, and it still managed to focus this close. I loved that little cheapy camera, I even named it – R.I.P. KODEEZY, I NEVER MEANT TO DROP YOU ON THE BEACH AND RUIN YOUR LENS FUNCTION FOREVER.