So. Much. Beauty.

Our trip through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Australia has been absolutely amazing. I have had countless moments where I just gazed around at the beautiful landscapes surrounding me, struggling to comprehend how nature can create something so magnificent and jawdroppingly gorgeous. From the deep red gorges of Karijini over the azure blue waters of Roebuck Bay and the pristine white sand of Cable Beach in Broome, to the lush green ferns in El Questro’s Emma Gorge and the dramatic red cliffs of the Cockburn Ranges, to the deep black sky contrasting the million colourful stars lighting up our universe above.

Fern Pool at Karijini

Riding along Broome’s famous Cable Beach

Broome’s world famous Cable Beach

Emma Gorge. See the human?


I watched majestic birds soaring above, observed trillions of ants and termites busily working the ground, lizards dashing in and out of the grass, crocodiles lazing around the water’s edge, fish darting around in creeks and rivers and horses kicking up dust in the early morning sunshine. And if that didn’t amaze me enough then the herd of wild brumbies certainly did, galloping in a circle around us, with the sheer cliff face of the Cockburn Ranges in the background.

Brumbies in front of the Cockburn Ranges

And then there’s the boab trees. Oh the boab trees. Not only do they come in a million weird and wonderful ways with a girth that even the most avid tree huggers couldn’t hug, but they can also be incredibly old. I’m talking a thousand years. Sometimes even 1500 years. That is a lot of sunrises and sunsets they have seen in their lifetime. When you stand in front of one, head tilted back, mouth open, trying to comprehend the size and age, they sure manage to put us humans with our adorable little lifespans and our oh so dramatic problems into perspective. They not only get my philosophical mind working but they are also a photographer’s dream. If your photo is ever lacking some interesting and distinctive shape then put a boab tree in it. They make everything more interesting – be it the campsite, or the far stretching grassy shrubby plains, or the Milky Way above. A stunning tree.

A baby Boab tree forest

A very old Boab Tree that was once used as a prison.

And of course this was only the visual beauty. I love photography so I can capture and showcase the look of a place. But what about all our other senses? How do I describe the array of bird song waking us up every morning? The good ache of a muscle that’s been climbing up and down stunning gorges all day? The feel of pristine white sand between the toes? The mighty splash of a Humpback Whale heaving its massive body out of the water only to crash back through the surface to silently disappear underneath? The excitement and anticipation that the going-on-an-adventure-feeling brings? The smell of the campfire in the morning, shortly followed by the sizzling of bacon in a hot pan? The splashing of fish in the creek that makes you look around for elusive saltwater crocodiles? The howling of dingoes at night?  The taste of a good billy tea? The smell of the horses, dust, hay and leather saddles? The hot sweaty shirt sticking to the back and the cool bucket of water over the head at the end of the day, never mind some soft algae? The safe feeling of tough jeans protecting your legs whilst riding through shrubby trees? Or the warm wind blowing into your face and hair whilst cruising Lake Argyle? None of this can be captured on photos or in words. And yet it was so soul reviving and refreshing. It was great being able to use and enjoy all of my senses. This landscape, the people and animals that live in it, the weather, the experiences – it is so big and beautiful that it takes up all of your being and just lets you be in the moment. All the time.

A Humpback Whale mother and her calf

This majestic Humpback whale bull showed off like this for a good half an hour

Following in Hugh Jackman’s foot steps: riding where the film ‘Australia’ was filmed

Funny Spinifex Pigeons at Karijini

A Freshwater Crocodile in Lake Argyle (yes, we went swimming there)

A freshie where we watered the horses and had lunch

A baby freshie

Famous camel rides along Cable Beach

Cruising the huge Lake Argyle

Camels along Cable Beach

This Oasis was one of the locations for the film “Australia”

Horse Riding along the Cockburn Ranges

Neither words nor images can do this justice but I hope these words and photos give you an idea of what it’s like up in the Pilbara and the Kimberleys in North Western Australia. You have to go there yourself to see and feel and hear and smell and taste it.

Mount Bruce – WA’s second highest peak

Apparently there lives a Saltwater Croc in here somewhere. We didn’t go swimming here.

This trip once again humbled me and made me grateful for being able to live on this earth and for having the opportunity to see it with my own eyes in all its beauty. It’s a diverse and rich planet and after having seen the very old and intriguing aboriginal rock art I understand and identify more and more with the notion of “if you look after country it will look after you”.

2 Responses to “So. Much. Beauty.

  • I love your writings! The photos are beautiful and this trip was absolutely amazing! 🙂
    Your sister :*

  • Bernadette Kelly
    3 years ago

    Stunning photos Svenja. Thanks for refreshing my memories. Hope all is well with you. x

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