Tuesday, 23 September 2008
J for Jowalbinna, Queensland, Australia.
Click to enlarge the pictures. You can even see a wallaby (small kangaroo) in one of them.
After a long and bumpy ride we arrived in Jowalbinna, a campside, where we rented a cabin and a place for one tent. We climbed the hill you see in the distance. And we had a wonderful view of the campsite when we reached the top of the hill.
To our surprise we found rockpaintings, which made the difficult climb worth while.
Aboriginal mythological paintings may be found all over Australia and represent many different cultures. From time immemorial Aboriginal people have left their marks in caves on rocks and because rock is durable, we can still see today their rock paintings. Although many were made for ceremonial purposes, there are undoubtedly also markings just done for fun, like hand stencils and outlines of boomerangs. Some paintings are very ancient, executed many thousands of years ago. But not all paintings need to be that old: some were made within living memory.
Thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, who has hosted this ABC game for the third round to the letter J for ABC Wednesday. For more ABC posts click on ABC picture in my side bar.