Monday, 4 April 2011

More Chillagoe I

It's cold and wet here, so this is a good time to post some more pictures from sunny Chillagoe.

Some views across the savannah woodland to karst limestone and vine thicket. The rock is as sharp as saw blades.

Some of the caves had been flooded, but water levels were dropping.

Cardwell Lily (Proiphys amboinensis) had finished flowering, but the leaves were still spectacular. This species grows in NE Queensland from Mackay to the tip of Cape York Peninsula. It also occurs in the Kimberley region of NW Western Australia and throughout SE Asia. At Chillagoe it grows in the shade of vine thicket trees.

I wasn't the only one interested in the Cardwell lilies. The leaves were popular with these splendid grasshoppers.

Although it was hot in the sun ...

... it was cool and refreshing in the caves.

Mosses and ferns grow in miniature gardens among the rocks, wherever there is moisture and some sun.

And the spiders make the most of both worlds ...


mick said...

It looks like a beautiful and interesting place.

Bronwen said...

It's an amazing place, Mick. Well worth a visit. (Although it's a bit of a hike for you!)

I had a long post about the geology of the area, but it went the way of all unsaved text. I must rewrite it.

forestwalk/laura k said...

rock formations are mesmerizing...they make me think...about how the earth has changed...over billions of years...
and THOSE formations are beautiful!

it's amazing the temperature can change...just like that...from out in the sun...into a cave. damp...and cool...

and of course...the bugs! cool grasshopper! nice stripes! and the spider!

as always...thanks for the beautiful! :]

Snail said...

Laura, it's been said that Chillagoe has the most interesting geology in Australia --- so many rock formations and ore bodies so close to each other.

I really must do it justice by going into detail. (Well, as much detail as I can because I haven't studied geology for [number redacted] years.) Hopefully I'll get back out there at some time soon with a copy of the geological excursions book and the camera.

Calling Ravens said...

Yeah, being a HUGE rock lover, the formations are amazing! When I first came to New Mexico, it kept playing through my mind how all these gorgeous, gorgeous mountains were, at one time, at the bottom of an ocean.
It still blows me away!

Magda said...

Gosh the Mountain, hope is an adequate word, is stunning Snail.

If from a photo the Aliveness of that Rock formation I can feel, then Physically the pulsing energy must reverberate throughout one's body the nearer one is to them. Thanks for sharing.

The small Garden amid the Rocks feels to be a spot tended by Nature's Elementals. Very pretty.

Caves feel rather awesome to be in... that sense of a place to be and the feeling of being surrounded by the Power of Rock... very soul quietening.

Thank you for sharing your very Healing Journey.
Good wishes to you, from Magda(Australia)

neomyrtus said...

That limestone -

rillenkarren !

I've yet to see the good stuff of rillenkarren, but will hold out to do so... inevitably destroiying my boots when I do.