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Gingerbread Man

Biscuit Stars, Tosia australis, come in all sorts of colour variations.

This beautiful purple star under Rapid Bay Jetty reminded me of a gingerbread man with its striking orange internal markings.

Sea stars are not perhaps the most exciting of undersea critters and are often overlooked by divers who miss out on their intricate beauty.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Gingerbread Man' 1/200s f/18 ISO100 100mm

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#rapidbay #jetty #starfish #biscuit #star #sea #tosiaaustralis #scuba #diving #ocean #animals #creatures #underwater #seastar
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Feather Duster

This feathery looking thing is actually a worm. It's a Southern fan worm Sabellastarte australiensis

Sometimes they are even called Feather Duster Worms and just like its cleaner namesake those appendages sweep the water clean hoping to find nutrition in the suspended particles floating by.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Feather Duster' 1/200s f/32 ISO100 100mm

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#featherduster #worm #sabellastarteaustraliensis #scuba #diving #macro #ocean #rapidbay #sea #southaustralia #underwater #rapidbayjetty
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Spotlight On the Pound ...

The beautiful Wilpena Pound is an ancient geological formation which looks like a giant crater and is something of a temperate oasis in the semi-arid Flinders Ranges.

Off in the distance what appears to be a gentle saddle separating left and right sides is the incredible Edeowie Gorge. The small triangular peak a little to the right is St Mary's Peak, the highest point in the Flinders Ranges. Our look out here is the southern pound wall with Rawnsleys Bluff behind us.

All of it under the spotlight of an outback Australian sun.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Spotlight On the Pound' 1/2500s f/14 ISO400 15mm

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#wilpenapound #flindersranges #rawnsleybluff #lookout #southaustralia #nature #arid #bush #outback #wilpena #lanscape #camping #rugged #sunlight #sunshine #mountains
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Rawnsley Reflection

The southern wall of Wilpena Pound is fortified with the Rawnsley Bluff escarpment.

Anyone approaching the pound from the south gets to watch it rise larger and larger until it looms above them on their left as they make their way up the eastern side.

This region of South Australia is considered arid and only good for sparse livestock so a body of water like this within Rawnsley Park Station makes a beautiful counterpoint to the rugged semi-desert landscape.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Rawnsley Reflection' 1/40s f/13 ISO10 15mm

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#rawnsleypark #rawnsley #park #station #reflection #flindersranges #southaustralia #nature #arid #bush #outback #wilpena #lanscape #camping #rugged #sunset
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Winter Sunset

I could not help myself when that golden colour fills the sky my local beach calls.

Now in the middle of winter there is no one to be seen. No one on the jetty and no one on the beach. A few die-hard joggers in full track gear and hoodies dot the esplanade but otherwise the beach is mine.

At least for a while.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Winter Sunset' 0.3s f/16 ISO320 15mm

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#henleybeach #sunset #beach #jetty #boardwalk #twilight #seascape #golden #surf #landscape #winter 
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High on Wattle

High up on the southern wall of Wilpena Pound we were entreated to some of the most beautiful vistas of the region.

However there were just as many exquisite things up here on a much smaller scale.

Normally we see wattle trees flower in the spring so I was a little surprised to see them beginning to flower high up here in the middle of winter.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'High on Wattle' 1/500s f/16 ISO400 100mm

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#nature #flowers #wattle #eucalyptus #acaciiformis #flindersranges #wilpenapound #macro #b&w
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Pink Grotto

Nestled inside a pocket of alien pink landscape is a Castelnau's Goby, Nesogobius pulchellus

Like all gobies this one is cute, curious and you can almost imagine it wanting to startup a conversation.

Make a sudden move though and in the blink of an eye there will only be an empty pink grotto.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Pink Grotto' 1/200s f/18 ISO100 100mm

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#castelnaus #goby #worm #nesogobiuspulchellus #scuba #diving #macro #ocean #rapidbay #sea #southaustralia #underwater #rapidbayjetty
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Swimming Anemone ...

The conditions today at Rapid Bay were sensational with 15m visibility. I so wished I had set up for wide angle but today's dive was a macro gear shakedown.

Immediately on our decent we came across this beautiful Swimming anemone, Phlyctenactis tuberculosa. The fact that this macro image make it look like fluorescent coffee beans is purely coincidental.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Swimming Anemone' 1/200s f/32 ISO100 100mm

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#anemone #swimming #macro #rapidbay #rapidbayjetty #scuba #diving #phlyctenactistuberculosa #sea #ocean #underwater #beans #southaustralia
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The Golden Orb Weaver ...

When I was thirteen years old I remember being on a walk in the Flinders Ranges and walking into a great big net spread between two trees. I also remember that it did not break and I had to extricated myself from it by walking out backwards. It was the web of a Golden Orb Weaver, Nephila edulis.

After the incident we looked all around but the web's owner was no where to be seen and I spent the rest of the day dreading she had stowed away in my pack and would seek retribution later. Fortunately that did not pass.

This time I saw her first high up in her web. With legs as long as my fingers and a body as big as my thumb she was awesome in her own arachnid way. This time I was happy to only interact with my camera and then leave her in peace.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'The Golden Orb Weaver' 1/250s f/4.5 ISO100 200mm

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#goldenorbweaver #flindersranges #southaustralia #spiders #nature #arachnid #orb #weaver #web #spiderweb #critters
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Arid region plants use all sort of tricks to remain hydrated for the months that separate quite often heavy downpours.

These beautiful crystalline structures are not blades of grass but leaves of small shrubby bushes.

Like pine needles the cylindrical tubular leaves seal in the water keeping the internal cellular workings in good shape through searing 45 degree summers ready to capture the water when it finally rains again.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Crystal Grass' 0.3s f/16 ISO320 15mm

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#nature #green #arid #climate #leaves #flindersranges #wilpena #crystal #pineneedles #shrubs #bush #outback #survival
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Eta Carinae

At first I thought about calling this image 'Seeing Stars' but considering the significance of the fabulous Eta Carinae Nebula I felt compelled to give it the attention it deserves.

This tiny piece of the night sky in the Milky Way is only a few widths of the moon across and yet even in this images there are over 10,000 visible stars. In fact the massive star density here somewhat detracts from the stunning beauty of the Eta Carinae Nebula 10,000 light years away.

In the center of the brightest cloud is a giant binary pair of stars called Eta Carinae. Together the pair is around 120 more massive than our sun and shine 5,000,000 times brighter! The two stars circle each other in a deep elliptical orbit every 5.5 years and at their closest are as close together as Mars is from our sun resulting in regular extraordinary interactions.

If you are curious this little NASA video might just wet your appetite for more. NASA Missions Take an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae https://youtu.be/0rJQi6oaZf0

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Eta Carinae' 30s f/2.8 ISO1600 200mm

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#etacarinae #astrophotography #etacarinae #southernsky #nebula #etacarinaenebula
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Race to the Top

We had just settled into our campsite at Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges. Gavin had organised a fire for the evening and the others had transitioned into r e l a x e d mode. and I was almost ready to join them.

We were at the base of a gully with a steep rise and ridge blocking our view to the west, the Elder Range and the sunset. Out of sight and of mind I'd almost given up on the sunset that night.

I looked at my watch, checked the sunset time, judged the effort to reach the top of the ridge and announced I was off.

Not to one to be left behind, Gavin lept to his feet, grabbed his camera and we were off on a race to the top.

Photo: Robert Rath, 'Race To The Top' 1/25s f/16 ISO100 15mm

Race to the Top ...

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#flindersranges #rawnsleyparkstation #elderrange #sunset #flinders #bush #outback #ridgetop #rugged #wilderness #camping #landscape #nature #vista #views #wideangle
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