More Wonders of Outback Australia

@JudyEv (119003)
Bunbury, Australia
November 21, 2016 4:05am CST
While we were holidaying in the Northern Territory, Australia, we visited a number of attractions in the West McDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs. One of these was Standley Chasm, a narrow gap in walls of quartzite rock, caused by floodwaters over thousands of years. It is owned by direct descendants of the aboriginal tribe that has lived in the area for thousands of years. Standley Chasm is named in honour of Mrs Ida Standley the first school teacher to go to Alice Springs. In 1925, Mrs Standley became matron of a school at Jay Creek for children of Aboriginal descent. The sun only penetrates the chasm for a few hours in the middle of the day. It was along this track that we purchased a dot painting from an aboriginal artist. From Standley Chasm we moved on to Ormiston Gorge, a lovely area with a permanent water-supply and stately ghost gums. We climbed to a lookout here and had a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside. We stayed the night here and moved on next day to the ochre pits which I've already written about. However I found among the photos some information of what the various colours of ochre were used for. The white and yellow ochres were used mainly for decoration or cosmetic purposes. It would be mixed with water or animal fat (goanna, emu, possum) to make a paste and applied with a finger or feather. Red ochre was the most symbolic and often feared colour by the local tribes. It was applied to adolescent boys as part of their initiation. Ochre was dug by the men and they were responsible for ensuring the women had sufficient ochre for their ceremonies. Ochre mixed with fat or grease also had medicinal qualities. Ochre and eucalyptus leaves were rolled together and used as medication for head and chest colds. Red ochre was rubbed into aching muscles. Women would sing over the medications to enhance their healing powers.
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@TRBRocks420 (73945)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Nov 16
Very interesting and, awesome view in the picture.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Glad you enjoyed it.
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@kevinakash (1948)
• Sri Lanka
21 Nov 16
very nice i like these kind of posts. anyway you say that these are used for cosmetics. are only used by the Aborigines or used by factories too?
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
'Cosmetics' used here really just means body- and face-painting which the aborigines do whenever they have a ceremony.
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• Sri Lanka
21 Nov 16
@JudyEv okay thanks
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@Julie555 (2551)
21 Nov 16
Thanks for interesting post! I enjoyed reading
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Have a great day.
@Julie555 (2551)
21 Nov 16
@JudyEv Thank you very much,Judy! Same for You!
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@5thHouse (1693)
• Sheffield, England
21 Nov 16
What a simply beautiful photograph. I love how it captures the reflection so well
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
The reflection is pretty stunning isn't it?
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
21 Nov 16
What a breathtaking view and an excellent piccie
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Thanks very much. Ormiston Gorge was breath-taking.
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@sunrisefan (17122)
• Philippines
13 Feb 17
Oh this is a very beautiful reflection capture Ms Judy!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
It has worked really well, hasn't it? Thanks. :)
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@sunrisefan (17122)
• Philippines
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv Yes indeed, Ms. Judy. Read from one of your posts that you were expecting bad weather. I hope you're over it now.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
@sunrisefan It hasn't affected us too much but areas around us that are lower and nearer the rivers are expected to have minor flooding. Thanks for your good wishes.
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• United Kingdom
22 Nov 16
someday! someday soon.. i'm really hoping to travel to australia :)
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
I am sure you would enjoy it. There are many varied things to see.
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• United Kingdom
22 Nov 16
@JudyEv i'm excited to see the kangaroos!! haha..
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
@therealmaryyy Everyone loves our kangaroos. We have lots on our property.
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• United States
21 Nov 16
simply stunnin' slideshow, ms. judy! the way mr. vince captured the essence 'f the beauty which surrounds 'tis always awe-strikin' to me. fascinatin' history 's well, don't reckon i'd heard 'f the ochre bein' used with the eucalyptus? such a rich culture the peoples 've 'n i'm so glad that such's still 'live today, continuin' to be passed down the generations 'n also shared with the general public.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
The aborigines have a great number of plants that they use for medicinal purposes. We need to be taking more notice of these natural cures.
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• United States
21 Nov 16
@JudyEv most certainly! the same with the native americans who reside here. we've turned 'way from nature 'n her gifts. our views tainted by the pharmaceutical companies who profit off others sufferin'. i'd love to sit'n visit with the folks native to yer lands, with pen/paper'n hand!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
@crazyhorseladycx An acquaintance of mine has published a book documenting uses of native plants as used by one of the tribal groups from the north of our state. That makes interesting reading too.
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@moffittjc (41198)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Nov 16
What an amazing photograph Vince took! That is beautiful! I love reading your posts about Australia, because I've always been fascinated by your country and love hearing about it from someone who is there to experience it firsthand!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Thanks. This region was particularly lovely and so much greener and treed than I'd ever imagined.
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@moffittjc (41198)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Nov 16
@JudyEv I love the color of you soil and dirt. It has a reddish quality to it!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
@moffittjc It's only the outback and northern areas that are so red. Apparently it is the amount of iron in the soil that makes it that colour.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov 16
What a lovely spot
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
We were able to camp nearby and really enjoyed our time there.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov 16
@JudyEv I'm enjoying your slide shows : )
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
@Fleura That's good. It's nice reliving the experience through having to choose the best photos.
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@dfollin (12510)
• United States
11 Feb 17
Another beautiful picture! Australia looks beautiful. I always wanted to go there and see the natural beauty and listen to the people talk! But my son told me that there are spiders there that are in most hotel rooms and homes that if they bite you it is fatal
@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
I wouldn't listen to him. There are very few spiders whose bite is fatal and hotels and houses take particular care to get rid of such insects. You'd be perfectly safe.
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@dfollin (12510)
• United States
14 Feb 17
@JudyEv Thanks for telling me.
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@just4him (110223)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Nov 16
The photo for this post is fantastic. So is your slide show. It's interesting that ochre was used for medicinal purposes along with eucalyptus leaves. Great information!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 16
Thanks. The reflection seems brighter than the land itself.
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@just4him (110223)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Nov 16
@JudyEv Simply Gorgeous!
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@marguicha (90585)
• Chile
21 Nov 16
Thanks for yet another wonderful post about Australia. This is a continent I will never visit as it is too far away and too expensive in airplanes. But you are making it more near with your posts, friend!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
Certainly airfares to and from Australia are expensive and it isn't the cheapest country in the world to travel around either. I'm glad you're enjoying a virtual tour. :)
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@marguicha (90585)
• Chile
22 Nov 16
@JudyEv I really am! Australia is out of my range entirely.
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@LadyDuck (147850)
• Switzerland
21 Nov 16
This place is beautiful and I enjoyed the story. I have watched the slideshow, the red and the yellow of the rocks is amazing and the water so crystal clear.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Thanks Anna. We were told the pool is 14 metres deep in places. It is a popular swimming-hole.
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@LadyDuck (147850)
• Switzerland
22 Nov 16
@JudyEv Everything more than 1.5 meters deep scares me, I do not know how to swim.
@tzwrites (4622)
• Romania
22 Nov 16
You captured a beautiful shot! Also, I had no idea there were medicinal uses for red ochre...
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
Many of our native plants have medicinal benefits but often only the aboriginal elders know about them.
@LeaPea2417 (19167)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 Nov 16
That would be a neat place to visit!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 16
The scenery was really lovely and there was much more shade around which is what you need when it is really hot.
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21 Nov 16
what a beautiful place!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
It is a popular spot for tourists when it's hot as you can swim there.
@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
21 Nov 16
Its like heaven on earth
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Thank you. There were some very picturesque places in the ranges.
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@Corbin5 (100128)
• United States
21 Nov 16
Ochre was really coveted back in the day! That is a lovely photo!!!
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
Yes, it was really important for all their ceremonies.
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@radhruv (137)
• New Delhi, India
21 Nov 16
Thanks for such an interesting and nice information.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.
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