Sunset, Devils Marbles, Australia

Silhouette of a fellow traveler at sunset, Devils Marbles, AustraliaLeica M6 camera and Leica Summicron-M 35mm f2 lens and Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 filmToday's photo comes from my archives. It was made at the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Australia in the mid to late '90's. As its a film-based image there's no metadata, so I'm afraid I'm unsure as to the date.

Karlu Karlu, as the Devils Marbles is known in local indigenous dialects, does offer opportunities for the landscape photographer and frustrated traveler alike. The huge granite boulders are particular striking against a clear blue sky and the reserve offers the traveler a break from the long drive between Alice Springs and Darwin.

It's a long and straight road with few major attractions. However the drive does give one an impression of the great space that is the Australian outback. Situated 393km north of Alice Springs Karlu Karlu is just 13km north of the tiny Wycliffe Well where the trip north starts to get interesting. Its one of the most famous areas for UFO sittings in Australia. Between Karlu Karlu and Darwin the town of Katherine is a great place to spend a few days. Its beautiful gorges and river (look out for crocs) are great places to hike and photograph. 

I arrived at Karlu Karlu just as the sun was setting and made this image just as another visitor reached the top of a distant rocky outcrop. Good timing as he added a sense of scale to the image. I slept in a swag in the back of a ute and awoke to a grey and wet morning. It was my last adventure on that particular trip to Central Australia. I headed back to Alice Springs for my flight back to Melbourne.

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