Moonarie, Flinders Ranges

Moonarie  Flinders Ranges

Sunrise at cave camp with a hot cup of tea

 

Back in 1997 I went on a rock climbing trip to the spectacular cliffs of Moonarie. Moonarie is located on the edge of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. We found a great cave at the foot of the cliff that made a perfect camp and spent 10 days climbing the cliffs and exploring the region. The cave faced east and had the most amazing view over the vast desert plains below. Every morning the sunlight turned the rock bright orange. We had the best spot right from our sleeping bags. I can still remember those bright crisp mornings, snuggled in the warmth of my sleeping bag with a hot cup of tea, waiting for the sun to come up over the horizon.

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia

 

I got one of my all time favourite shots here of the shadow os a tree on the cliff outside the cave. For a few brief minutes every morning the sun makes the glow. Everything glows bright orange. If you hold up your hand even that looks an unreal orange. It’s a strange and beautiful sight; one that I have yet to see anywhere else.

 

Moonarie  Flinders Ranges

We spent the evening drinking wine and telling tall tales till late into the night

The evenings by the campfire in the cave were very memorable – drinking port, smoking cigars and taking turns reading aloud from a huge poetry anthology that Frankie carted up the steep climb. Josh celebrated his 21st birthday at this spot. We made him a cake out of a tinned chocolate pudding, decorated with matches for candles and wild flowers on the side.

I took these photographs with my Minolta X300, forgot what lens and on slide film.

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