First night back on the Gibb and there’s lightning in the sky. There’s Barking Owls in the trees. There’s freshwater crocs – and baby crocs! – in the river. My feet are in the dirt. The air is warm and thick and beautiful – like a well worn and much loved comfort blanket.
My last proper Kimberley fun run outside of work was 8 months – and what feels like a lifetime – ago. F$#k, it feels good to be back on country.
That right hand turn off the highway and onto the Gibb just outside of Derby never ever gets old. As I head east away from the setting sun there in lightning on the horizon and a storm that brings a beautiful warm breeze and what is probably the last, much needed, rain of the Wet. I pull up by the side of the road and sit on the roof of the car as the storm passes over. The road is sloppy. The place is green. The Boabs are lush. The XXXX is cold. Life is definitely better in the Kimberley.
The first day on these trips never fails to make an impression. It’s as if the Kimberley knows all the tricks to reset your soul, realign your priorities and deliver a massive jolt of Mother Nature at her best. You wake up in Broome surrounded by the modern world – a world of white walls and straight lines and Facebook chatter. And 6 hours later I’m off the grid and rolling out my sleeping mat next to the river – transported to a place of magic and nourishment and adventure.
The Gibb is generally known for its waterfalls and rough roads and sandstone escarpments. But for me it is a place that quietens the mind and settles the soul. And it reminds me time and time again of just how amazing the natural world can be.
In less than 24hrs, and with no effort whatsoever, I’ve seen bright yellow Budgies, elegant Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Crimson Finches and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. I’ve seen Red-winged Parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets and Rainbow Bee-eaters. Azure and Red-backed Kingfishers. I’ve seen Australian Bustards, Jabirus, Brolgas and Fairy Wrens. I’ve seen Blue-winged Kookaburras and Corellas and Dotterels. Kites, and Buzzards and Harriers. I’ve seen Yellow-spotted Goannas, Blue-tongued lizards and freshwater crocs. Any one of these animals is enough to make you stop and marvel and appreciate just how amazing nature can be. To see them all in the space of 24hrs, at the start of a 2 week trip, is pretty special.
Six years of living and travelling in the Kimberley has made it clear to me there is something deep inside us that longs for this primal connection to nature, whether we are aware of it or not. Some people fish. Some people meditate on the beach next to crashing waves. Some enjoy sitting next to a campfire under the stars. These trips – and the unspoiled nature that is on display – are a perfect and much needed reminder of all the things that are important to me and all the things that make me feel alive. Life is definitely better in the Kimberley.
Manning Gorge, on the Gibb River Road, is a great example of how photography can help us see a place with fresh eyes and experience a familiar location in new ways. Every time I’ve been there over the last six years different things catch my attention and I walk away with very different photos. Instead of photography taking over the experience it can help us to slow down, help us pay attention and encourage us to keep exploring.
When I first visited Manning back in 2013 it was late in the Dry Season. The waterfall had stopped running so my photos were all about the sandstone gorge itself and those beautiful burnt orange colours. The busiest part of the tourist season was over so the place was quiet and still. Aboriginal rock art in the gorge was a nice reminder people have been sitting on these same rocks and looking at these same colours for millennia.
My second visit was early in the Dry Season in 2015 and the waterfall was at its best. Continue reading “Manning Gorge | Simply Magical “
It’s official. My 2018 RFDS Kimberley Calendar fundraiser is a wrap! A massive thank you to all 40 outlets that were involved last year and to everyone who has a calendar hanging on their wall somewhere!
All 3000 Kimberley and Gibb River Road calendars are now scattered all over Australia and around the world. Thanks to your support we officially raised $14,000 in 2018, and with a number of outlets donating their calendar profits directly to the RFDS the real total was more than $18,000, bringing our overall fundraising total from the last 3 years to more than $48,500. THANK YOU.
Continue reading “Thank You | RFDS Kimberley Calendars”
Kimberley prints and canvases coming very soon….
My new drone project and labour of love….
This has to be me at my happiest. Exploring the Kimberley. Chasing the light. Being creative. Camping in strange places. And sleeping under the stars. I hope you enjoy!
I shot so much drone footage last year this could easily be a nice 5-10min video but who’s got the attention span for that. So consider this a sneak peek – or my 2018 ‘showreel’. Maybe somewhere down the track I’ll upload a Directors Cut for any drone nerds out there. 😀
Feel free to share with people you think should come to the Kimberley – or someone who you want to make jealous.
Yep, peer pressure is a wonderful thing. 🙂 Finally on Facebook & Instagram. Be sure to Like/Follow for daily posts and all things Kimberley. @GaryAnnettPhotography
Yep, I’m a little behind the curve. Finally on Instagram! @garyannettphotography
For professional drone photography, aerial video and other professional drone services in Broome and across the Kimberley check out my new website below.
So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles, the painters and poets and plays. And here’s to the fools who dream, crazy as they may seem.
Cable Beach, Broome
Roebuck Bay, Broome
The million dollar question….. How hard can it really be to take beautiful photos in a place as beautiful as the Kimberley? Piece of cake, right?
Let’s be honest, the Kimberley definitely stacks the odds in our favour. Unspoiled wilderness, crazy colours and beautiful light – it’s a winning mix. And yet as someone who has spent 6 years poking around the Kimberley in search of beautiful places and beautiful images it’s easy convince yourself that capturing something new – something different – gets a little harder each time. It’s a silly notion of course. With 420,000 square kilometres to explore there has to be endless possibilities for beautiful photos. And yet it’s easy to get wrapped up in this notion that it’s harder and harder to capture something better than last time – to create new work that people haven’t seen before – and new work that is at least as good as what I’ve done before. It’s a fun challenge. The so-called ‘artist’s burden’.
Continue reading “Chasing The Light”