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Roots of the Earth

Roots of the Earth
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-07
Categories: Desert, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 17-35 2.8L, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2, Earth from Above, Geological Wonders, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 12:05
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot on a scenic light to Gosse's Bluff. The MacDonnell Ranges rivalled the Himmalayas in the distant past. All that is left now are the hard 'roots' weathered and eroded over millions of years.

This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, located west of Alice Springs, is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements. Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals, many of which are found only here and some are relicts of a bygone era of tropical forests. There are many opportunities for visitors to explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area. Features of the landscape are significant in the stories of Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture, and have existed for many thousands of years.

This region is a stronghold for rare and threatened plants. An outstanding 40 rare and relict species are known from the area including the easily seen MacDonnell Ranges Cycad (Macrozamia macdonnelli), found along the Rungutjirpa Range and on the north side of the Park.

Some other rare and unlikely plants found in this area include the Maiden Hair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veniris), Skeleton Fork Fern (Psilotum nudum), the Mountain Hakea (Hakea grammatophylla) and the Glory of the Centre Wedding Bush (Ricinocarpas gloria-medii).

The Park is also a great place for wildlife, including the uncommon bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon, Dusky Grasswren and Rufous-crowned Emu-Wren.

The River Red Gum can be found in several places within the Park, including Ellery Big Hole. These trees are an important habitat for a variety of birds, bats and other animals which live in the tree's hollows. Ringneck Parrots and Butcherbirds can be found in the upper branches of these trees, while Zebra Finches, honeyeaters and pigeons can be seen at the waterholes with Grey Teals and grebes.

This is a scanned slide.

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Hello James! Very interesting place. Mysterious landscape. Very original picture. Regards!

Incredible panorama. Everything seems so symmetrical. This shows us how time can wear away even the tallest mountains. Our Great Smoky Mountains here in the US is another example. Well done.


Golly... that looks just like some deep under ocean trench. It is so interesting how straight it all is. It is a fascinating deep vista. Thanks for sharing it.

Evelynn : )

Hello James another one of your awsome travel pics showing us the beauty around the globe wish I had your job :-) It's nicely composed with good warm light and rich colours and tones tfs rgds Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-17 14:16]

Hi James,
an amazing sight.
Brilliant sharpness.
Well done,

hello james,
interesting shot shows such a big area, your pov is cery good, nicely composed shot, liked the natural colours, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-17 20:15]

Hello James

Just marking the post for now


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-17 21:00]

James, you are taking shot out of your archive. They are brilliant and lovely landscapes. Excellent Ganesh

Hello James,
An interesting scenery!
I like the note telling about the background, good point of view to depict the phenomenon...
An image with a good educational value!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hello James,
Trully vast and spectacular view of the Ranges, good texture and pattern in such a vast view!
very good DOF, clarity and details
well composed and well seen especially that much useful notes and information about the Ranges
thanks for sharing, James
cheers and have a good weekend!

Hi James. A very good POV and excellent notes telling us what we are looking at. Very good colour and clarity. TFS. Murray.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-18 4:30]

hello James,
Absolutely amazing this view. It looks like it wouldn't be on earth. Thanks also for the interesting note.
Best regards

Another very interesing post/great notes from you James.
Nice job on the scan-to-slide, with good detail, colors, and POV..They seem to extend into infinity :)

Hi James,
What an extreemly interesting landscape. I've never seen such natural symmetrical build landscape. If it was shot in my country, I would have said that you captured a nice photo of a dry canal.
This is just stunning to look at. Love the detailed note which gives a perfect insight of this landscape.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-19 11:55]

Hi James

What an amazing place. It is stunning. I don't think I have every seen anything like it. It is strange the way it repeats itself, it looks stunning.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-19 13:11]

Hi James,
This is an incredible landscape! Thumbnail at first glance look like a vehicle trak. I like the regular patterns the this view.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-21 5:58]

Hello James,
An amazing landscape looking like it was formed by a giant tractor wheel. One wonders what had caused the regular indentations during the hundreds of millions of years of erosion. Great POV and perspective composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:14]

Hi James.
I am impressed with pictured view so much as well as with so interesting story. Excellent POV and reflection of the majesty of the Earth and Time. Perfect exposure and details of the shot. I like the composition and cropping of the image too. Great work. Bravo and TFS.

Hello James
You've captured a nice aerial view of this valley. Looks like a hot day by the haze. Was this created by one of earth faults or earthquakes? I find this all very interesting. I wonder if the prehistoric Wollemi Pine tree is from this area. You have the greatest job.
TFS Janice

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