Friday, June 12, 2015

Jurassic Swamp.. curious and curiouser!



The suburb of Gwelup, named after Lake Gwelup, a small swampy area (Careniup Swamp) in the southern part of the suburb was our destination early on Sunday morning. After seeing some rather intriguing photos of the area Aimee and I were keen to check it out. First impression.. pretty, although not all that different from other swamp areas around Perth, but being the intrepid explorers we are we forged forward into the 'interior', I did after-all grow up in deepest, darkest Africa :)


... and look below, is that Alice disappearing into the woods mumbling  .. 'wish I hadn't gone through, and yet.. and yet, it's rather curious'. This is where we plunge into the fantasy world that exists in my head :)


The 'bouncers', hooded monks.. are we cool enough to enter Jurassic Swamp?


.. in time to see a tyrannosaurus rex looming out of the woods...


.. a pterosaurs taking to the skies!


.. a herd of wooly mammoths partying with flowers in their hair :)


.. a velociraptor below coming out to 'play'.. do you see him there? It's all going on!


Seriously (?) it was pretty squishy walking.. eventually we reached a point where ahead was a no-go area unless wearing wellies, which we weren't. I imagine the area we had just explored will be totally under water when the rains begin in earnest.


Making our way back through the same arch we had entered we both agreed it had been so worth the visit. Whether you consider Morning Glory a weed or not, in this controlled area it has transformed what would have been tres ordinaire into something quite fantastical! Check out Daily Details to see Aimee's shots of the visit. Happy Friday, hope it's a good one. p.s. apart from the first where I amped up the blue, the rest of the shots are SOC.



40 comments:

  1. What an amazing place -- spooky, but beautiful at the same time!! Thanks for the adventure today, Grace!! I do love your captures!! Hope you're getting ready for a wonderful weekend!!

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  2. You two are very brave adventuring into prehistoric territory. I'm certainly glad that tyrannosaurus rex didn't eat you up. Seriously, that is a very interesting place. Not at all what I would have expected in the Western Australia area.

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  3. This is a spectacular place, Grace! Love your shots.

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  4. Some of the shapes of those trees are most intriguing. Nothing like what we see at our Coombe Country Park. Lovely shots. Bet you had fun exploring :).

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  5. What a place!
    Great images!

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  6. Step by step you inched forward into such a magical space, so enchanting for us as well, sitting here safe with our feet free of mud or worse, and not a raindrop on our head. Enjoying every single minute of it! Such a good storyteller (with awesome visuals too) you are too!

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  7. Definitely NOT the place to be on a dark and stormy night. :)

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  8. Your imagination could go wild in there.....and I think it did!

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  9. There is something both fascinating and a bit scary about a place like this. it is also magical and inspires my awe.

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  10. Fantastic pictures Grace, that's a very scary place, don't go there in the dark!

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  11. Really interesting and a bit spooky. Although a weed, the vine makes great shapes.

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  12. Very beautiful place. Any crocs? Here we need to watch for snakes and alligators, even on the bicycle paths.

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  13. What a fantastic trip!!! Now time to curl up & let the rest of the world go by - hope you feel better soon. So stay in this W/E & relax.

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  14. Even the swamps in Australia are beautiful!

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  15. Beautiful but with my luck there are snakes in there.

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  16. What a great place and the pictures are fabulous!
    I would love to visit.
    Not that I would be keen to walk through a wood with you seeing things everywhere mind!

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  17. It's like a different planet! Lovely shots.

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  18. It's like a different planet! Lovely shots.

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  19. Sounds that you had a wonderful time in Jurassic swap. All the places looks beautiful...

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  20. These are great photo's Grace, so mysterious all those spooky figures.

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  21. Impressive, Grace, impressive !

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  22. Fabulous pictures, really looks like you've taken them in Africa.

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  23. I love the descriptions... perfect.

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  24. Awesome pics, Grace, my list keeps growing!
    All those dinosaurs :-) And now I know how it looks like in Africa, too!

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  25. How utterly amazing. I'm glad I took the trip into the swamp with you. And you commentary is delightful.

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  26. we have similar monsters here in Alabama in the summer covered in a insidious vine called kudzu.

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  27. An incredible place and some really beautiful images!

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  28. it all looks rather pretty and magical. hope there weren't any snakes.

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  29. Well, I saw the latest movie yesterday... But I wasn't scared!!! Your swamp looks much more like the real thing

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  30. Adored your comment about a wooly mammoth with flowers in her hair. So many fantastic shapes in this green swamp area. They do set the imagination on fire.

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  31. What a amazing place !! and wonderful images.

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  32. Wow what an amazing adventure in Jurassic Park. Brilliant photos.

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  33. You could write several mystery or mystical stories with this background...it's not unlike some areas here in Florida...beautiful photos. I was especially impressed with the calm water and reflections in the first picture!

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  34. WOW! I'm totally in awe at this place. Simply amazing!

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  35. What a cool place! I'm a big fan of T-Rex, since he's no longer around to eat me!

    Easy to spot Aimee in the second photo...like finding Waldo!

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