Down below to the left, out of view in this photo, is Circular Pool. Now I'm not sure who named it circular because I reckon it is more of a square, although the end of the gorge in which it is located is certainly circular. Perhaps geometry wasn't my strongest point at school, or perhaps the gorge has changed shape!Not in a few million years, I dare say! As delightful as Circular Pool was, I remembered the way the gorge walls seemed to light up after the sun has gone down. It was a perfect evening (hard to believe it is only a week or so ago), so I headed back up the track and wandered along the escarpment. The climb out of Dales for some reason doesn't seem to take as long as the descent, but my heart and lungs no doubt thought differently.There's so much to shoot on this walk that it's hard to know what to point your camera at. I was sidetracked a couple of times, photographing the trees that somehow managed to cling to the sides of the gorge, but as the light dropped, I made a beeline back to the lookout and set up my camera.To the eye, it was pretty dark all around, the exception being the sky and the rich, red glow of the rock reflecting the setting sun. It is a magical sight and the only danger are the huge mosquitoes that also enjoy this time of day - I was worried they might pick me and drop me off the edge.Okay, so I'm exaggerating about how big the mossies are, but the red in that wall is no lie. It was a beautiful rich glow!Photographed on the Phase One IQ180 with a 23mm Digaron, 30 seconds, f5.6, ISO 200, and then cropped a little top and bottom. Processing has been quick and cheerful, with a little more care needed if I take the photograph further.Now, the question is, will this be one of the photos that makes it into the Momento book we're producing. Stay tuned and we'll walk you through the production process. At present, the 18 photographers from the recent workshop (including the instructors) are putting together their best four images, from which two will be selected for the 2013 Karijini Photography Workshop photobook!

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