Raft Point Bluff and Montgomery Reef, Australia
As the dawn broke, another stunning morning was experienced in The Kimberley. After breaking of the fast, we headed to Raft Point Bluff, a place characterized by impressive geological formations of pink and orange sandstone cliffs plunging into the sea of Doubtful Bay. During our ascent to view the art, we were greeted by the icon of The Kimberley, the Boab tree (Adansonia gregorii), a relative of the Madagascan and African species known as Baobabs. Though not exceptionally high (up to 15 m), they can reach a massive girth of up to 20 meters. Standing tall and bloated along the path, some of the specimens are considered to be over a millennia in age. On the way we heard and saw a range of birds, including spangled drongo, bar-breasted honeyeaters, red-headed honeyeater, brown honeyeater, and wood-swallows. At the top of the track, we had the opportunity to admire the mysterious and intriguing Wandjina rock art. Wandjinas are spiritual figures displaying large haloed heads with no mouths. They are painted on sandstone surfaces, usually in various colours of reds, browns, yellows, whites and black pigments. We were fortunate enough to meet some of the original custodians of the land that explained and shared their beliefs and stories about this special place and unique rock art.
After a tasty lunch savored on board, we boarded our Zodiacs for another adventure.
Jul 24, 2014
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