Sharon, the owner driver of the Red Back Tour company had told us Ormiston Gorge would take our breath away. So we slowly walk along the path between the gums.
As we round the corner past this magnificent red river gum the sight that greets us is truly spectacular.
A photo cannot capture the sheer beauty. The towering red rock walls and ancient gums reflected in the crystal clear waters of the permanent water hole, with the canopy of the blue sky above. It was a magic moment to stand and just look and feel the grandeur of nature. I took so many photos it is very hard to choose my favourite, so I will share just a few in a gallery with you.
It is rather overwhelming trying to decide what to sketch. We all wander around and finally I settle on the ancient, gnarled and contorted river gum reflected in the waterhole.That is me in the blue top trying very hard to capture this beautiful scene. I will show you the sketch, but I feel it needs a bit more work. I had intended to do more when I got back home. Oh well I am still planning to do more….one day….
As I sat there the air was suddenly filled with the most beautiful sound of young voices raised in song. It was mesmerizing. Every one stopped to listen in silence as the voices soared around the canyon walls. It gave me goose bumps and I had tears in my eyes as I recorded a short video. A truly magic moment, one of those moments that occasionally happen when you are travelling and will forever be in my mind.
Here is the video I recorded and if you listen carefully you will hear the sound of bird song joining in.
It was a group of musical students from Santa Sabina College in Sydney. They were doing a two-week tour of all the gorges around the top end. The acoustics are magnificent in these locations, and they were having fun too.
Tonight we move on to a different location for 2 final nights of the tour. But I will show and tell you about it in the next post… (to be continued)