|Views of the George Gill Range, above and below, from the north.|
|A section of the climb; it takes about 15 minutes, but it's always good to get the worst part over first!|
|Looking back from the top of this climb, giving an idea of the ascent, to Kings Creek flowing into the plain.|
|The 'beehives' provide some of the most dramatic aspects of a dramatic walk.|
|The hard sheer Mereenie Sandstone walls of the canyon.|
|Below the Mereenie layer is an older, softer, redder one of Carmichael Sandstones, |
formed under a sea 440 million years ago.
These are crumbling and undermining the Mereenie layer, causing huge boulders to fall from the walls.
|Ghost Gums Eucalyptus (or Corymbia) aparrerinja, above and below.|
|Here the Ghost Gum roots are sprawling across the surface seeking access to water.|
|Also searching for water on the rocks are the roots of this Rock Fig Ficus brachypoda.|
|Baeckea polystemmonea, another shrub clinging for life to the rock face; flowers below.|
This is a generally uncommon species, but is readily found along the walk.
|Acacia macdonnellensis, limited to the central desert ranges; |
the name comes from the nearby MacDonnell Ranges.
|Known locally as the 'Garden of Eden' (!), this mini-gorge supports River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)and MacDonnell Ranges Cycad Macrozamia macdonnellii (also below), a relict of ancient wetter times.|
|MacDonnell Ranges Cycad with male cones.|
|Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides on a nest on the canyon walls.|
|Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera, an exquisite dryland pigeon of rocky areas.|
|Grey-headed Honeyeater Lichenostomus keartlandi on Grevillea wickhamii.|
|Ring-tailed Dragon Ctenophorus caudicinctus.|
|A beautifully camouflaged grasshopper - though it doesn't seem to have saved it from losing an antenna!|