Into Echidna Chasm

Echidna Chasm is a narrow gorge at the Northern end of the Bungle Bungles, formed by millions of years of water rushing along and through a joint in the sandstone and conglomerate rocks, eroding away enough rock to form the chasm.

In the narrow parts of the Gorge, it’s very dark and difficult to photograph due to the huge dynamic range, but during the middle of the day when the Sun comes overhead, sunlight streams down the walls of the chasm, causing them to glow a beautiful orange colour.

The gorge is only 1-2 metres wide in some points, but has walls up to 200m high. The only way to try and show the scale of the chasm is to include people in the shot!

Into Echidna Chasm

Into Echidna Chasm

The trail into the chasm starts out quite wide, but narrows the further in you go. Eventually you meet a solid wall of rock and can go no further :)

Trail into Echidna Chasm

Trail into Echidna Chasm

This is a self-portrait taken in the narrow parts of the chasm. It’s a 2.5s exposure @ 17mm, f/7.1, ISO640 – which shows how dark it was in there.

Self Portrait in Echidna Chasm

Self Portrait in Echidna Chasm

Echidna Chasm is also home to many thriving Livistona Palms, protected from the harsh hot summer by the steep walls of the gorge.

Livistona Palms in Echidna Chasm

Livistona Palms in Echidna Chasm

The shot above is a 3-shot panorama with the 17-40mm lens @ 17mm, ISO640, f/7.1, 1/1000s exposure.

Information about the Gorge.

Thanks for looking.

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