”If one were to paint this country in it’s true colours,I doubt it would ever be believed.It would be said at least that the artist exaggerated greatly,for never have I seen such richness and variety of hue as in these ranges” Mary Durack
Downstream of the Dam, the Ord River now runs at a constant level, instead of drying up into rock pools in the dry.
The colours of sky, water and rust stained ridges are vivid beyond the normal palette
Mary Durack, the author of “Kings in Grass Castles” was the grand-daughter of the founder of Argyll Downs Station, which is now covered by 16 metres of water in the centre of Lake Argyll. The original homestead was disassembled and rebuilt about 2 km across the ridges from the caravan park to make an interesting museum recording the history of the area and the Durack family who left Ireland and built a cattle kingdom in the Kimberlies.
The view from the ridge opposite the caravan park on the walk to the Durack Homestead Museum which is just inland from this cove,
16 km from its original position, now submerged under the waters of Lake Argyll.
Mary was spot on about the colours. When you see the colours of the Kimberley reproduced in a movie like “Australia” or in large-scale photographs you might think they have supersaturated the colours and increased the contrast and sharpening to an unnatural degree. You would be wrong. The colours and the landscape are simply overwhelming and this is a gallery of images trying to record just a little about this landscape as I have seen it.
Half an hour after the sun has set the colours still linger in the sky and paint their traces across the lake
Well before sunrise, the distinctive shape of a young Boab tree is silhouetted against the pale sky preparing for another day at Lake Argyll
An early morning panorama of Lake Argyll taken from the Water Tower Lookout
In early morning light this panorama shows Lake Argyll as seen from the Water Tower Lookout.