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Goldfields Safari #2
Travel from the environmentally significant Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park which provides habitat for many species of water birds, through the outback to the historic site of an early Pioneer Store, explore the Granite Rocks and flora surrounding the Ularring Soak which is a fresh water site of Aboriginal significance, before arriving at Lake Ballard to experience "Inside Australia", the Antony Gormley exhibiton of Sculptures which has attracted visitors from around the world to this remote area.
Date(s): October 2005. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 99 of 99 Total. 12808 Visits.
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Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park
Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park is 73km north of Coolgardie and relies on rainfall runoff to maintain its depth.

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Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park
These environmentally significant wetlands are visited by many species of waterfowl including Black Swans, Pink-eared Ducks, Wood Ducks, and the rare Freckled Duck.

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Soak Well
Stone lined Soak Well at site of an abandoned settlement.

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Pioneer Store Site
This was once the Site of a Pioneer Store.

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Pioneer Store Plaque
In 1896 at the Old Cork Tree here a Shop was built called Bain & Miller Pioneer Store. It was later removed to Mulline.

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Diplolaena
Dainty Pink Flowers of this native shrub.

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Curly Seed Pods of an Acacia

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Snake Track
We did not see the Snake that made this Track.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle
A Wedge-tailed Eagle soars overhead.

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Ularring Soak Site
Described in 1875 by explorer Ernest Giles as a Delightful Oasis, despite his encounter with an Aboriginal tribe.

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Ularring Soak
This is an important Aboriginal Site due to the fresh water soak near the base of the impressive granite rocks and Ularring is an Aboriginal name.

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Rocks at Ularring Soak
Kunzea growing on Granite Rocks at Ularring Soak.

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White Kunzea Flower

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Rock Pool
A Rock Pool at Ularring Soak.

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White Kunzea

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Rock View

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Granite Rocks

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Rock Formations
At Ularring Soak.

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Rock Cairn
On Granite Rocks at Ularring Soak.

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Silvery Lichen on Granite Rock

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Rock Vegetation
Lichen and Kunzea at Ularring Soak.

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Kunzea on Granite Rocks

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White Kunzea Flowers

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Cracked Rocks at Ularring Soak

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Broken Boulders

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Rock Scene

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Growth on the Granite Rocks

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Bunch of Blue Wildflowers

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Rocky Slope

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Flannel Bush
Solanum at Ularring Soak.

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Attack at Ularring
Explorer Giles encountered a large group of Aboriginal Men in Ceremonial Dress here at Ularring Soak.

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Picnic Area
BBQ and Picnic Area at Ularring Soak.

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Snake Hill Lookout
Lake Ballard viewed through Snake Hill Lookout.

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View from Snake Hill
Overlooking Lake Ballard.

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View from Snake Hill
Lake Ballard in the distance.

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View from Snake Hill
Looking west from Snake Hill Lookout.

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Banded Stilt Breeding Area
Lake Ballard is a significant part of the region's salt lake system. It is a breeding habitat for species of water fowl, as well as the Banded Stilt when heavy rain causes a special type of brine shrimp to hatch in the lake, attracting the Banded Stilt. It should be pointed out that this is a very rare occurrence, having only occurred approximately seven times in 215 years at Lake Ballard.

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Inland view from Snake Hill

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Lake Ballard
Lake Ballard, just over 50 km west of Menzies, has become the new attraction for the region. Its selection by international sculptor Antony Gormley for his Inside Australia exhibition for the 2003 Perth International Arts Festival has created international attention.He has created 51 figures, which are placed around a seven square kilometre area of the salt lake bed.

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Island on Lake Ballard
Walking towards the Island on Lake Ballard.

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View from Island
View across Lake Ballard from near the top of the Island.

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Kangaroo crossing Lake Ballard
Looking down on a Kangaroo which has followed us toward the Island.

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Kangaroo Below
Kangaroo on Lake Ballard.

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Sculpture Below
Looking down on one of the Antony Gormley Sculptures on Lake Ballard.

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Zoomed across Lake Ballard

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View to Carpark from Island

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Overlooking Lake
Overlooking another part of Lake Ballard on way down from Island.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture (Male)
Extract from Sunday Times:- Under the searing heat of the Australian sun, British sculptor Antony Gormley stepped onto the surface of a vast, million-year-old salt lake in one of the remotest parts of Australia. He was there to install a remarkable art work that would stretch over ten square kilometres and consist of more than fifty sculptures.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture (Female)
It was the final act in an exhausting six-month process that had seen him take naked body scans of the residents of a nearby town and produce Insiders alien-like sculptures of the inside of each person which he was about to place across the flat salt-encrusted expanse of Lake Ballard, Western Australia.

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Visitors Making Shadows
Now drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world to its remote site, the work is stunning in its effect. Huge in scale, it remains intensely intimate; standing still and silent, the Insiders appear and disappear across the exposed and desolate landscape.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture
Inside Australia tells the whole story of the work’s creation, from Gormley’s receiving the permission of local Aboriginal elders and his persuading the people of Menzies to take part, to the hazardous casting and back-breaking installation of the sculptures. Photographs, maps and drawings show the entire process in detail, while commentaries from members of the project team explain its different stages.

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Old Fence
The remains of an Old Fence that once crossed Lake Ballard. Note Mirage on Horizon.

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Zoomed to Mirage on Lake Ballard

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Emu Footprint on Lake Ballard

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Footprints crossing Lake Ballard

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My Muddy Boots

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Footprints
Footprints on the salt crusted surface of Lake Ballard.

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Another Man
Approaching another Male Sculpture on Lake Ballard.

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A Child
Sculpture of a Child on Lake Ballard.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture
Antony Gormley has, since the early 1980s, used his own body to make sculptures that explore the human experience of being in the world.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture
The colours are constantly changing with the angle of the light.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Lake Ballard Sculpture of a Child

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Casting Shadows
Visitors casting Shadows on Lake Ballard.

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Tracks on Lake Ballard

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Bleached Wood on Lake Ballard

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Human and Kangaroo Tracks
The crossing of Human and Kangaroo Tracks on Lake Ballard.

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Salty Surface
The salt crusted surface of Lake Ballard.

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Lake Ballard Sculpture

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Resting Time at Lake Ballard

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Return to Island
On Lake Ballard.

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Almost to the Island

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Heavy with Mud
Boots are heavy with mud after a hard walk.

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Footprints on Lake Ballard

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Rocky Terrain
Golden Glow of the late afternoon sun at Lake Ballard.

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Hillside Trees

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Hillside Wildflowers

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Hillside Slope

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Vegetation on Rocks

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Dusk across Lake Ballard

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Ruby Dock
This is not an Australian native species, it is thought to have arrived in the saddle-bags of the Afghan Cameleers.

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Lake Ballard at Dusk
Lake Ballard, late afternoon while waiting for the sunset.

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Golden Glow
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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White Feathery Clouds
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Sunlit Trees
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Gold is Fading
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Shadows Deepen
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Clouds Darken
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Pink Appears
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Pink to the Left Side
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Pink and Cream Sky ahead
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Feathery Pink Clouds
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Dark Edges appear
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Final Glory
Lake Ballard Sunset.

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Goodnight Lake Ballard
Lake Ballard Sunset.

   
 
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