Cameron Corner – There and Back (Part 2)
The road to Tibooburra took us through flat and an often desolate landscape without many features to break the horizon. There were some distant hills and very few trees. Despite the barren landscape we still enjoyed the drive as the combination of the red dirt roads and deep blue skies is something that we never tire of seeing.
Plenty of road kill along the way meant that we spotted a lot of Wedge Tailed Eagles and I did my best to capture a few photos of them.
These birds of prey are magnificent creatures and I wanted to stop every time that we saw some but Danni had other ideas. Despite the protests I still managed to stop quite a few times but the eagles didn’t seem to like having their photos taken. I would fearlessly walk as slowly as possible towards them shooting as I walked and every time they felt I was too close they would fly further away. I would then keep stalking them until I realised how far I had ventured from the car.
All day during the drive the clouds were looking fantastic and I was keeping an eye out for a lone tree or some other feature that I could use as a focal point. I finally spotted a lone tree in the distance to use so I left Danni in the car on the side of the road whilst I headed off towards the tree. By positioning myself in the right position I was able to compose the photo so the clouds were streaking out from behind the tree. There was also a cattle track to use as a lead in line to the tree.
We had planned our arrival in Tibooburra to coincide with the State of Origin game as we couldn’t miss the decider. How was I to know that NSW would lose again and that I would be only of the two people in Tibooburra supporting the Blues!.
Tibooburra is quite an unusual landscape and has a lot of granite outcrops dotted around the area and even in the middle of town.
Wild goats were plentiful in the area and have adapted well to harsh climate and sparse vegetation.
We left Tibooburra the day after we lost the State of Origin and headed towards Cameron Corner – I couldn’t up with all the Queenslanders walking around looking superior!
It was interesting drive and we saw our first ever clay pan.
We couldn’t visit corner country without having a look at the Dingo Fence. At over 5,000 kms long it is the longest fence in the world and is still used to keep the dingoes away from the sheep in the South East part of Australia.
After a quick visit to Cameron Corner for a beer and a chat to the owners of the store we decided to head back to Fort Grey Campground to camp for a few days. We were very surprised to find that we were the only ones staying there and it was nearly two days before anyone else arrived. We had the choice of all the prime camp spots so we set up right next to one of the shelters to provide a bit of protection in case it rained.
The shelter included fresh water and free gas BBQ’s which was totally unexpected. As we were the only ones around we didn’t feel the need to pack everything away when we went exploring.
The only problem with this was the birds stealing our food – they ate nearly a full packet of chips and I caught one flying off with half a packet of Nice biscuits.
On one of our walks we were surprised to find Lake Pinaroo and even more surprised that it is was full of water! A lot of the lakes that we have visited on our travels have been empty but this was one wasn’t. It was a haven for the bird life of the area and in the evening thousands of Corellas literally covered all the trees on the opposite side of the lake. It’s hard to explain the sight and sound of so many birds in one place and it needs to be experienced personally.
Until you get away from the city lights you do not realise how many stars there really are in the sky. While I was waiting for Danni to wake up (I had convinced her that she should watch the sunrise with me and witness the Golden Hour) I took a few shots of the starry sky.
The morning’s sunrise wasn’t a spectacular one but it give me the opportunity to show Danni why I get up so early for my photography. The rising sun just lit the trees a beautiful golden colour.
We would have both been happy to spend the rest of the holiday camped right here as it was so peaceful (forgetting the thousands of Corellas that is) but we had accommodation booked at Silverton and we needed to leave after two nights. At least it gave me time to shoot the sunrise and the sunset.
This was my favourite photo from Lake Pinaroo and was taken late in the afternoon as I was waiting for the sun to set.
The next stage of the trip was to the historic town of Silverton which will be included in the next update.