LOCATION: Ragged Range, The Kimberley, WA
DATE: May 2012
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⭐ Bronze Award - 2013 International Loupe Awards
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Lying some 70kms to the south of Kununurra in the The Kimberley, Western Australia, Ragged Range remains rarely photographed. Not visible from the main road that leads to the more famous Bungle Bungles, Ragged Range is one of the most spectacular afternoon landscape shoots I’ve had the privilege to photograph.
I first saw the Range back in 2007 while travelling through the Kimberley with my dad. Due to vehicle problems, we left from Kununurra to Broome late in the day and stopped off the road in the late afternoon. With the sun setting crimson red on the range in the distance, I was intrigued as to what this little known place was and how I could get access to it.
It wasn’t for another 5 years that I would return, driving up and down the main road looking for an access point and asking all the local roadhouses about Ragged Range. None had heard of it, so I took a chance along a dirt road only to find it very hairy to navigate due to recent rain. With the road incredibly slippery and boggy, I got stuck several times before finding my way down the The Range. With it now late afternoon, I climbed a nearby peak, wishing only to be higher up but running out of daylight hours. I photographed from where I was, wishing that I’d had more time however needing to press on to catch a flight out of Broome in the coming days.
I lamented the lost opportunity, hoping for just a few more hours to find the vantage point I needed. Arriving home, I did my research and figured I could get on top of the range to shoot side on to the massive escarpment.
Back 12 months later, I travelled down the same road in the early morning, giving myself plenty of time to explore the route up the escarpment. Setting off with a heavy 30kgs pack laden with camera equipment, a sleeping bag and tent, food and 6 litres of water to combat the oppressive heat and humidity, I set off across the countryside. Walking across the rocky plains, I was worried about snakes, thinking this would be prime snake country. Watching every foot plant, I prepared myself for any encounter. Reaching the escarpment I climbed my way up the steep slopes, sweat dripping from me and my breath heavy with a cold and cough I just couldn’t shake from the week before. Not being able to see the access point from below, I climbed and climbed only to find out the escarpment had a 8-10m high cliff with no way of climbing higher. Time to go for Plan B – Make my way back down and try another ‘finger’ – an escarpment further along towards the range. Not ideal being closer but better than nothing.
Walking up a dry creek bed with large rocks all around, I stumbled to the next escarpment and upwards towards a smaller cliff wall that I thought I may be able to negotiate. Alas it wasn’t to be as the cliff provided too tall yet again. Time for Plan C – walk to the north and photograph looking south. I hadn’t researched this possibility however I still had time in the day despite already going through half my water.