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East Alligator River

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 16 July 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The first white settlers had a habit of getting it very wrong with place names. No alligators at this spot on the map - only crocodiles! The name of the river never changed; the local tribes (each with their own language) had no words in common for place names.

You are with me on my tour of Kakadu National Park. Here, you see a shot from my river cruise. I am looking towards the Stone Country - the rocky escarpment that runs through Kakadu. The river is also the boundary between the Park and the vast region of Arnhem Land.

The river is tidal and explains the white sand you can see on the bank. Cyclonic weather during a recent wet season would have washed the sand up river from the coast.

Over the next two days - to conclude my Kakadu series, I will have shots of two of our guides.

NIKON D5000 1/200 second F/14.0 ISO 400 105 mm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image and interesting info

16 Jul 2012 6:48am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful shot!

16 Jul 2012 6:53am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec les reflets sur l'eau quelle vue ces arbres secs ce ciel ces montagnes quelle panorama

16 Jul 2012 7:06am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I had the chance to see alligators in the Everglades (Florida). Quite impressive !A very beautiful composition here... Well done ! Have a lovely day :)

16 Jul 2012 8:11am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Thanks for the local knowledge here, Stephen - if I'm to step on something and offend it, I like to know if it is an alligator of a crocodile.

16 Jul 2012 8:27am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice one, I like the old dead barren trees decorating the place, so desolate.

16 Jul 2012 8:36am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A really nice landscape, desolate but beautiful. I like reflections too.

16 Jul 2012 8:43am

fereshteh. from Iran

Great composition, so beautiful..

16 Jul 2012 9:29am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A place of dreams ... an unknown landscape and attractive ... Thanks for sharing friend! Best regards, Adela

16 Jul 2012 9:53am

Laurette from South Africa

A beautiful capture with marvelous colours and light. A very beautiful landscape indeed !

16 Jul 2012 10:46am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I just love the clarity and colors here, Stephen. Beautiful image!

16 Jul 2012 10:51am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Pas d'alligators en vue, on peut se baigner :) Le paysage est somptueux. Bonne journée.

16 Jul 2012 12:01pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

What a wonderful shot.. So beautiful view and excellent composition!

16 Jul 2012 12:03pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful scene! Nice shot!

16 Jul 2012 12:26pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful frame and tones !

16 Jul 2012 12:33pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very beautiful landscape, and thank you for the information.

16 Jul 2012 1:51pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Exceptionally rugged and beautiful, even wrongly named (ha ha)... one almost expects to see dinosaurs here.

16 Jul 2012 1:56pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Quite the part of the country looks untouched by man and hence retains its natural
state of preservation, a beautiful photo of this "lost world !"

16 Jul 2012 2:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful view. Beautiful landscape and gorgeous colours and light. Splendid image. Love it, Stephen. :)

16 Jul 2012 2:10pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Great capture! !

16 Jul 2012 2:33pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

Great combination of textures in this image...a beautifully rugged landscape.

16 Jul 2012 2:37pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbare Landschaft. Gut mit den zwei toten Bäumen.

16 Jul 2012 2:41pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great shot ! I love the landscape.

16 Jul 2012 4:10pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Can you feel the jealousy coming down the wire at you?!

16 Jul 2012 5:19pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully rugged view here Stephen! Great contrast between the white sands and the craggy peaks that tower over them! ;-)

16 Jul 2012 6:25pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful natural scene, the white sand is amazing. Great information and photo!

16 Jul 2012 7:30pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful panoramic shot with incredible DoF! Great textures in the cliffsides and nice contrasts in colors!

16 Jul 2012 7:43pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Truly fascinating!
Alright, I am going to Italy for a holiday.
See you later, alligator.
Enjoy your summer, or winter whatever ;o)

16 Jul 2012 8:42pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous composition! The landscape is just beautiful. The rock formations are beautiful and I like the contrast of sand against the rocks. A lovely sky!

16 Jul 2012 9:02pm

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

Beautiful landscape here Stephen... it has everything... that spectacular sky, those gorgeous cliffs, greenery, lovely rock formations on the shore, sand, reflections in the water.... it all looks so tranquil, which is nice. Stone Country certainly seems rugged but it's most impressive with its beauty!

16 Jul 2012 11:01pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful capture! Love the colours in the hills and also an amazing sky!

16 Jul 2012 11:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful river, no matter what it's name.

16 Jul 2012 11:18pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


16 Jul 2012 11:55pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

look like trees in the desert... nice color of reflection in the water... nice shot

17 Jul 2012 2:39am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Nice rock formations.. great shot

17 Jul 2012 10:04am

tataray from france, France

Magnifique endroit, peu importe comment on le nomme.
Belles explications)

17 Jul 2012 11:56am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Superbe panorama, les crocodiles n'ont pas à se plaindre de la beauté des lieux.

18 Jul 2012 3:40am

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1/200 second
ISO 400
105 mm