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Mungo Man and Woman

A crescent-shaped dune, called the Walls of China, stretches along the eastern shore of the dried up lakebed of Lake Mungo. Erosion by wind and water leaves behind a landscape of outcrops and shifting sand revealing ancient fossils and evidence of the aboriginal inhabitants of long ago when the water flowed.

In 1969, the remains of a cremated skeleton of a human were found, later to be known as Mungo Woman. Six years later, Mungo Man was found buried. Both skeletons are estimated to be 40,000 years old.

It's a photographers paridise and the reason why we drove all this way so there is much more to come over the next week.


  1. Oh wow, what a fascinating place. I like the earthy colors in this image - a beautiful landscape.

  2. incredible...can't wait to see more.

  3. Oh this is really awesome - in the true sense of the word.
    Isn't it interesting how there are a little bush then a mound, little bush then a mound, etc...

  4. The dunes make fascinating natural patterns.

  5. I have to say... that top photograph is calling to be black and white.... can you hear it.... de-saturate me.... desaturate me.... contrast me.... make me dark and mysterious.... oooppppsssss.. .forgot I was still typing. Nice shot!

  6. I've heard so much about this place, and it really doesn't disappoint. Will have to go there soon.

  7. Sean -- what a good idea. Didn't think of that. I'll give it try.

  8. I would need to have a "lens" transplant to cope with this landscspe, being so used to the cityscape.

    I am not sure that the top image would translate to B&W. Not enough contrast and shape drama, for mine.

  9. I'm thinking of posting one or two supplementary shots of Mungo at the end of the trip (ones that didn't make the first cut but on looking at them now I wonder why not). If I do that I will also include a B&W conversion.

  10. I like the first photo very much - especially because of the earthy colouring. Fascinating.


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