Quinkan County: Queensland Australia

Written by: Gary Wonning

Quinkan County was named after the Aboriginal spirits or ”Quinkans” who inhabit the sandstone bluffs at White Horse Gallery. This gallery contains the world’s most significant rock art displays.

photo, aborigine boy

Cooinda at morning sun.

Four fun filled evenings were spent here during my walkabout, listening to tribal elders, fellow travelers, locals, and drunks all spinning their stories! (The tribal elders, were believable!)

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Off To The Land Of Oz

Written By: Gary Wonning

Seeking adventure and a desire to have as much contact with the aborigines as possible, I had requested to spend all of my time in the outback even though I didn’t really know what the outback was. This was to be a journey of a lifetime. The real vision quest was about to begin.

The journey became a real test of faith and the adventure of a lifetime. The NIE (National Institute of Exploration) was a fly by the seat of your pants type of organization, and to keep the costs down had arranged all the travel as cheaply as possible.

Many of the flights were last minute flights and much of the travel in Australia was on an arrangement where we traveled for free in exchange for the publicity the different locations and venues would get from the sale of our books. About one hundred fifty photographers were covering Australia, it would be a boon for the country and quite an experience for us.

Two days before we are leaving and no tickets, I began getting calls from the CEO of NIE, and every time he called my flight would change. Finally, at about midnight the night before we were scheduled to leave, Barry called and said my ticket would be in Indianapolis at the ticket counter of United Airlines when I checked in on Sunday. Somehow knowing the trip was going to happen, I knew everything would work out.

My dad was taking me to the airport the next day and he wasn’t impressed when I told him I didn’t have a ticket yet. He seemed to think I was crazy to go under these circumstances, I tended to agree with him.

Checking with the agent at the desk, he knew nothing. After some conversation, the agent checked some obscure location and lo and behold there it was. I’m on my way!

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Darwin, The End of The Trail

Written By: Gary Wonning

Breaking camp at Alligator River campground, we started saying goodbyes, this would be the last day some of us would be together. I can’t believe this bus is still running. I hope it makes it to Darwin, some of the passengers have to catch a plane today and they don’t have much time to spare.

After a quick stop at the airport, the next stop was our hotel, we were flying out early the next morning and we had the rest of the afternoon off. Some in the party would continue on for another day, the tour officially ended the next day.

After checking into our room Steve and I decided to head for the beach and catch a few sunset photos.

An amazing journey into the outback of Australia

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

photo, aborigine boy

Young aborigine boy dressed in ceremonial garb

Meeting Lightning Man In the Out Back Of Australia

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

Written By: Gary Wonning

July 7th, This was to be our last day in the outback of Australia, I was beginning to feel as though I didn’t want to go back to the states, this felt like home to me.

Bright and early, at least early, found us boarding a pontoon boat for an excursion across the crocodile infested waters of Cooinda. Seeing several pairs of eyes in the water, the guide didn’t have to tell us twice that it was feeding time and if there was some part of our body we wanted to keep, it should remain inside the boat.

It was about this time Mark, our driver suggested that if we wanted to see one more Aboriginal Site, he would be willing to drive us.

Many things began racing through my mind, we had visited many ancient sites in the last three weeks and I really didn’t want to see any more rocks. The swimming sounded really refreshing, but what the heck, I could go swimming next week if I wanted. This was my last day in The Land of Oz, I wanted to enjoy it to the max.

I knew deep down that this was going to be a very special afternoon, wandering in the outback for almost a month, I was unaware of the date. July 7th, as I would find out later would be a highlight in my search for truth.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Going With The Flow

Written By: Gary Wonning

I had decided to go with the flow and let the events play out as they should, I knew I would have the opportunity to do and see everything I came to do, it was just a matter of letting the universe sort it all out.

With our departure in doubt, we retired for the evening and awaited the dawn to see what the next day would bring. Our bags were packed.

The next morning the word was we were going, while in our room collecting our luggage, we got a phone call, we’re not going.

We decided we may as well go outside and see what we could do in Cairns for the day.

As we were stepping off the elevator in the hotel lobby, another traveler ran over to us shouting,”Hurry up and get your luggage, we have to be at the airport, our plane leaves in a half an hour.”

Someone asked, “How far is the airport?”

“Twenty-five minutes,” was the reply, “and in Australia, the planes won’t wait on you.” Running as hard as we could, we gathered up our belongings, down the elevator and onto the waiting bus. It was the longest twenty minutes of my life, dodging through traffic, the bus came to a screeching halt in front of the terminal. Hurriedly, we checked our bags and through security, we scurried.

We soon found the Australian airlines aren’t as lenient about carry on luggage size as in the states. One photographer got into a heated argument with the gate agent because her camera bag was a couple of inches over the limit, she lost and boarded the plane as her luggage became checked luggage, as a consequence her bag didn’t show up in Alice Springs until the next day.

Boarding the plane, the aircraft began pulling away from the gate as we found our seats. It was then I realized how desolate the outback was. As I looked out the window of the plane, many times there were no roads in sight as far as the eye could see, houses were entirely out of the question. It made Arizona look like Manhattan.

Journey on a modern day walkabout

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

a personal spiritual journey

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Friendly Crocodiles In The Out Back Of Australia

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

a personal spiritual journey

Written By; Gary Wonning

Several of us decided to swim in the Alligator River, the driver assured us there were only freshwater crocodiles in this river and we probably wouldn’t see any of them in these parts.

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It was a great adventure, the water was reasonably warm and so clear the bottom could be seen thirty feet below us. I casually looked out over the water and about forty feet away I saw two beady eyes staring at me.

Nudging the person next to me, and pointing in the direction of the beady eyes, we decided that we had been swimming long enough and it was time to catch a nap on the beach. So much for no crocodiles.

The Aborigines of Australia

photo of Ayres rock

The aborigines of Australia

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Another Spiritual Revelation

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

a personal spiritual journey

Written By: Gary Wonning

I was just beginning to thaw out from the cold nights at Uluru and Wallara’s Ranch. The warm sun felt really good, I soon enjoyed my own version of the dream time. Slowly emerging from my well deserved nap, I could hear female voices beside me. I was lying on my stomach, peeking under my armpit to see what I could see. Lo and Behold, there were two naked girls lying next to me talking, WOW, I love Australia!

This brought about a dilemma, what do I do? I finally decided I couldn’t fake a nap all afternoon, so I gently sat up. It didn’t seem to bother the girls that I was there. I started a conversation with them, do you realize how hard it is to talk to naked women?
I’m sure glad I had sun glasses on. Another spiritual revelation for the boy from Indiana.

The Aborigines have a fascinating culture

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome