There is a crack in everything –That’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen “Anthem”
I interpret the lyric above to mean that we can gain from experiences that are cracked – that is less than the “perfect offering” and my flight over Lake Argyll, the Bungle Bungles and the Argyll Diamond Mine was not perfect.
Everyone we met had raved about the experience and Julie and I had spent some time debating whether to take the sea plane which takes off from Lake Kununurra, lands and takes off twice on Lake Argyll, once for cheese and bikkies and a chance for sunset wildlife pictures on one of the Lake Argyll before returning to our home base in Kununurra or the land based aircraft from the local airfield. As you can see from the picture we chose the latter.
Julie contemplates entering the aircraft, which was just a Combi wagon with wings. Space for 10 passengers, each with a window but no space to move.
Pilots always sit on the left (except helicopters which are right wheel fly). I was right behind the pilot.
Our pilot, Emma looked about 21 but might have been a little older. The plane was newish but noisy – it took off and landed automatically. Within a few minutes of taking off I was really struggling. While photographing Kununurra, the agricultural area around the Packsaddle Range and the Ord River as it ran down from the Lake Argyll I had to grad for the strategically place “souvenir”” (sic) bag and for the next 90 minutes I was continually sick. Despite this when I caught a glimpse of the Bungles I made a few attempts to use the camera. They were photographed through the perspex side window of the plane and at great personal cost so worthy of display.
How did “the light get in” ? Well I have added to the list many things that I cannot or will not do again flying in light aircraft. To think that years ago I read heaps of books on gliders with the idea that one day I might fly in one and ditto for helicopters – I think not. The rest of the images are from Julie’s camera with Julie in charge.
The rich agricultural areas surrounding Kununurra are laid out underneath the wings of the aircraft as it rises from the airfield
The Ord now flows consistently into the Diversion Dam which holds back Kununurra Lake and provides the cheapest irrigation water in Australia
Lake Argyll from the air