The National Geographic Orion anchored at Prince Frederick Harbour, The Kimberley, Western Australia
I recently returned from a month spent in the Kimberley region of Western Australia working on board the National Geographic Orion as the photography representative for the National Geographic Society. This expedition is part of a larger program that National Geographic developed by partnering with Lindblad Expeditions to provide unique travel experiences for the adventuresome. I worked along side biologists, zoologists and geologists who illuminated the journey with their expertise. My contribution was pictures – documenting the trip every day and sharing these images with my fellow travelers. I also taught people how to make great pictures under sometimes challenging conditions.
The Kimberley is one of nine regions of Western Australia. It is in the northern part of the continent and is bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Timor Sea, and two Deserts: the Great Sandy and Tanami. The eastern border is Australia’s Northern Territory.
Because we were exploring by ship, most of our shore excursions involved landing by zodiac. This rugged area is sparsely populated, so there was rarely another soul in sight. The Kimberley embodies the true spirit of the Australian outback where one can observe saltwater crocodiles, dugongs, sharks and sea snakes in the wild. On land, furry animals are rare, but we were lucky enough to see a rock wallaby while exploring the Ord River. The Kimberley supports myriad species of birds, which made the trip that much more exciting.
A gray reef egret takes flight. Prince Fredrick Harbor, Mitchell River National Park, The Kimberley, Australia
At King George Falls, I was part of the expedition team leading a group hike up a 17-degree incline to the top of the falls. Because of the lack of rain during the wet season, there was no water at the top, but the view was worth the hot scramble up the rocky trail. Our group climbed without incident so we were able to have a good amount of time to explore the scrub-land that would be otherwise inaccessible during the wet season.
Me, at the top of twin falls. King George River, The Kimberley, Australia. Photo by Adam Cropp
Below is a selection of images from my adventures on board the Orion in The Kimberley. I hope you enjoy them! You can see all of the images from the Kimberley adventure by clicking here.
Our technical stop at Timor Leste, where the local children sold textiles on the pier.
Hugging a Boab tree for good luck at Vansittart Bay, The Kimberley, Australia. Photo by Cristiana Damiano
Photographer and Naturalist David Cothran tasting ascorbic acid defensive spray from green weaver ants in the Kimberley, Vansittart Bay, Australia
C-53 plane crash site at Vansittart Bay, The Kimberley, Australia
Termite mounds, Vansittart Bay, The Kimberley, Australia
A traditional owner explains the Wandjina Rock art at Ngumbri, (Raft Point), The Kimberley, Australia
The amazing sandstone formations at the King George River, The Kimberley, Australia
Climbing up to the top of the waterfalls at King George River, The Kimberley, Australia
King George River, The Kimberley, Australia
A darter on the King George River, The Kimberley, Australia
Naturalist Anthony Capogreco checks underwater for jellies and crocodiles at Crocodile Creek, The Kimberley, Australia
A venomous sea snake with a fish in its mouth swimming towards us at the mouth of the Hunter River, The Kimberley, Australia
A basking saltwater crocodile, King George River, The Kimberley, Australia
Gwion Gwion, or Bradshaw Rock Art, estimated to be 50,000 years old, at Jar Island, The Kimberley, Australia
Sunset sail away from Slug Island, The Kimberley, Australia
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