Scenery that I love

Crossing Carnarvon Creek

Having seen some spectacular landscapes in Spain like the fabulous Montserrat or the hill country around Toledo and the Windmalls of La Mancha, I appreciate that most countries have their enchanted places that authors often write about. What I found though in Spain is that it is hard to find a landscape without the obvious presence of some human settlement. Australia in contrast offeres wilderness views in many location where human history appears to be absent.
For those who read Cave Hill it will be obvious that the Carnarvon Ranges in Queensland is a special place for me. Here is the first paragraph in Part I of the story:

ACROSS THE CENTRE of Queensland there lies a rugged sweep of sandstone
landscape. It is Garinbal and Bidjara country – wild, spectacular, moody. Few people live
there and few people know of it except for onesmall segment, the much-visited wonder that is the Carnarvon Gorge.
It’s a region that excites the bushwalker with breathtaking vistas and imposing cliff lines: cliff lines that shine brilliant white in full sun, yet at dawn or in the evening light up in colours that mirror the beauty of the winter sunsets – pinks,purples, and gold. Trampers adore the spring-fedtrickling streams, the secretive moss gardens hugging the wet sandstone walls of the narrow side canyons, and the stately groves of cabbage-tree palms that grace the main valley floors. They ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ as the spectacles pile up and their cameras
flash hoping for the right light and exposure to capture those magic moments.

In Carnarvon Gorgecapture those magic moments.

About rpsimson1936

Retired geography and outdoor education teacher who loves orienteering and writes novels.
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2 Responses to Scenery that I love

  1. Juliana says:

    Just finished Cave Hill. It’s a great read, and I’m now impatient to visit the Carnavon Gorge and see and touch the landscape. I really enjoyed moving from the teenager’s point of view to seeing what had become of the characters in later life – and you’ve captured both the younger and the older voices beautifully. Now looking forward to reading Banksia.

    • rpsimson1936 says:

      Thanks for the encouraging comments.A recent reader said James Delbridge, the journalist and author of the part ! memoir, was her favourite character. I wonder if you had thoughts on that. As you say it is important to contrast the teenage voice and the adult voice. You seem to say I succeeded in doing that well. Do you have a copy of Banksia? It’s avery different story where the animal voice (mind) is important.

      Rob Simson

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