The Back of Beyond - God's Own Country

A sentimental journey back through the vast open spaces of Western Australia
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The sacred site of Millstream - an oasis in the desert sacred to the Yindjibarndi people of The Pilbara Region.  The palms are unique to this area of Australia and grow nowhere else.  This is part of a much larger delta of  freshettes of running water that connect one with the other.

The sacred site of Millstream - an oasis in the desert sacred to the Yindjibarndi people of The Pilbara Region. The palms are unique to this area of Australia and grow nowhere else. This is part of a much larger delta of freshettes of running water that connect one with the other.

The right side of Charles Knife Canyon (the road being the "knife's edge") near Exmouth in the Gascoyne Region.

The right side of Charles Knife Canyon (the road being the "knife's edge") near Exmouth in the Gascoyne Region.

Coral Bay with Ningaloo reef just visible out at sea, in The Gascoyne Region/

Coral Bay with Ningaloo reef just visible out at sea, in The Gascoyne Region/

A lone termite mound in a sea of spinifex on the road to Millstream, The Pilbara

A lone termite mound in a sea of spinifex on the road to Millstream, The Pilbara

Weird lunar landscape of Yaringa Hills, south of Carnarvon on the road to Perth.

Weird lunar landscape of Yaringa Hills, south of Carnarvon on the road to Perth.

Desertification of land on Gladstone Flats, Yaring Hills from over-grazing.

Desertification of land on Gladstone Flats, Yaring Hills from over-grazing.

"Stretchy's" Treasures - a collection of found objects in his job as a Technical Officer for the Dept. of Agriculture, at Boolathana:  a vast 500,000 acre sheep station in Sand Country near Carnarvon.

"Stretchy's" Treasures - a collection of found objects in his job as a Technical Officer for the Dept. of Agriculture, at Boolathana: a vast acre sheep station in Sand Country near Carnarvon.

Serendipity - I don't know how I managed to get this weird, smoky effect in this photo of dried witchety grubs in the dried husk from a coconut palm at "Stretchy's" place, Carnvarvon.  One of his treasures.

Serendipity - I don't know how I managed to get this weird, smoky effect in this photo of dried witchety grubs in the dried husk from a coconut palm at "Stretchy's" place, Carnvarvon. One of his treasures.

"Stretchy's" front garden at Carnarvon in The Gascoyne.  Love the mix of bougainvillea and Mango leaves.

"Stretchy's" front garden at Carnarvon in The Gascoyne. Love the mix of bougainvillea and Mango leaves.

My favourite shot of South West wildflowers at Kings Park, Perth.  Love the complementary colours.

My favourite shot of South West wildflowers at Kings Park, Perth. Love the complementary colours.

A riot of paper daisies at Dallwallinu in the Wheat Belt District, North of Perth

A riot of paper daisies at Dallwallinu in the Wheat Belt District, North of Perth

Everlasting daisies at Payne's Find in The Murchison District, which I've pixelated using Paint Shop Pro

Everlasting daisies at Payne's Find in The Murchison District, which I've pixelated using Paint Shop Pro

Boulder-scarred peaks covered with soft looking spinifex near the visitors' car park at Shot Hole Canyon, Exmouth.

Boulder-scarred peaks covered with soft looking spinifex near the visitors' car park at Shot Hole Canyon, Exmouth.

Creamy slits in the sides of Shot Hole Canyon.

Creamy slits in the sides of Shot Hole Canyon.

Pyramids of stone with open creamy slits like mouths.  One of my favourite shots of Shot Hole Canyon.

Pyramids of stone with open creamy slits like mouths. One of my favourite shots of Shot Hole Canyon.

Pretty pink sandy hills dotted with green spinifex and complemented by grey green foliage, Shot Hole Canyon, near Exmouth.

Pretty pink sandy hills dotted with green spinifex and complemented by grey green foliage, Shot Hole Canyon, near Exmouth.

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