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Over the Bungle Bungles

Over the Bungle Bungles
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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
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Earth from Above, Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 10:07
Viewed: 29807
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken on a flight seeing trip over the Bungle Bungles in 2002. It is a scanned slide.

The Bungle Bungles or Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in Western Australia, 2054 km northeast of Perth. The nearest major town is Kununurra to the north, or Halls Creek to the south. Access to the park by road is via Spring Creek Track, from the Great Northern Highway approximately 250 km south of Kununurra, to the track's end at the visitor centre. The track is 53 km long and is usable only in the dry season (about April 1 to December 31), and only by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles. Safely navigating it takes approximately 3 hours. Access by air is less demanding; helicopter flights are available, from Turkey Creek Roadhouse at Warmun, 187 km south of Kununurra, and light aircraft, from Kununurra.

Purnululu is the name given to the sandstone area of the Bungle Bungle Range by the Kija Aboriginal people. The name means sandstone or may be a corruption of bundle grass. The range, lying fully within the park, has elevations as high as 578 metres above sea level. It is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers: the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.

The distinctive beehive-shaped towers are made up of sandstones and conglomerates (rocks composed mainly of pebbles and boulders and cemented together by finer material). These sedimentary formations were deposited into the Ord Basin 375 to 350 million years ago, when active faults were altering the landscape. The combined effects of wind from the Tanami Desert and rainfall over millions of years shaped the domes. A 7 km diameter circular topographic feature is clearly visible on satellite images of the Bungle Bungle Range. It is believed that this feature is the eroded remnant of a very ancient meteorite impact crater and is known as the Piccaninny impact structure.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-04 10:20]

Hi James,

This is an impressive landscape. Great depth and composition. The colors are wonderful.


Hi James
Very interesting geological formations. Great landscape and very interesting, informative educational presentation
I like it very much

Hi James,
The texture in this image is very intriguing it almost has the Bryce Canyons look to it. Were you in a helicopter when you photographed this? TFS :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-04 11:19]

Hi James

These shapes here look like they are going on and one forever! :)
What a perspective and what a depth here in this shot! Terrific!
Now even if you took this from the plane and it also might have lost some bits while scanning the slide, all that doesn't matter here because it's the sight itself that captures the attention.
The colors of all these 3D layer of rock are impressive and really attractive. Very well captured!

Bravo and TFS

Hello James,

That's an amazing landscape? When I saw the photo at the first ime on my sreen I think. Whats happen, the photo is not sharp or is there something wrong at my screen. But If you take a better look then she is wonderful. What a landscape, superb. How is it possible that mother Nature can configure that on this way. Great composition. The colors are wonderful. Must have been again a beautiful flight. Regards and TFS BOB

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-04 12:02]

Hi James. This again is a very impressive picture from the air. your landscape shows all the patterns and colours so well. TFS. interesting notes .

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-04 12:09]

Hi James!

And I thought patterns like these one just exist in my ice-formations! They are incredible and they are once more a splendid reflection of the beauties of our planet. You have the secret to show us them!

Kind regards


Hello James

Another fascinating lesson portrayed so well by the wonderful picture and explanatory note.
Its so interesting to see the river run through the scene but to learn that this is not the only erosion process at work.

Another Top Post for which I thank you.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-04 13:16]

Wow! What incredible geology!
I love the mix of colours.
Once again there is so much detail!
Brilliant lighting.
Very well done,

Hi James,
A wonderful capture of these redish stratifications. Fabulous landscape. TFS.

Hello James,
Another great capture from aircraft on Autralia. Nicely composed, wonderful scene. POV and colors very nice. Good notes. TFS, well done

Only in Australia would you get a name like "Bungle Bungles"... It's wonderful! Thanks for today's geology lesson. The oranges with the greens is interesting.

Evelynn : )

Hi James. As yet terra incognita for me. Definitely a marvelous place.So vast and so beautiful- in the non-European sort of way. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-04 23:20]

Hi James,
Very nice capture of this interesting area with very good POV, composition and depth. Patterns and formations of the rocks are charming. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hello James,

Very nice capture of this amazing landscape. Good sharpness, light and colours.


Hi James

Although a familiar sight to me, this formation is nonetheless beautiful. And you've captured it very well getting great contrast between the unusaully green savanah and the morning light on the rocks. Good scan from slide too.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-05 4:08]

Hi James,
an incredible view of the famous Bungle Bungles! Fascinating to see the rock banding and to see them stcked up like this. I see there is another lone outcrop in the distance to the left...strange to see it so isolated like that. Thanks alot for sharing this one, great shot!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-05 4:51]

Hello James, you are very lucky my friend to have visited all these great places! Very well done again on this great shot, good composition and perfect technique, thanks!


Very effective topography with those eroded sedimentary rock formations James, the feeling of depth is tremendous, TFS my friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-05 7:19]

Hi James,

A wonderful and fascinating landscapes. Colors are marvelous and the details show so many textures and patterns. It's interesting how the colors vary in different areas. Great shot.


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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2008-11-30 7:12]

Hi James-

Just found this gorgeous shot for the first time- it caught my attention because it seemed at first like an aerial view of the Devil's Garden section of Arches NP in Utah. Ever been there? I don't find anything from you when searching under TN/Arches. You would love the place.


amazing landscape, TFS Ori

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