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Kermit's Pool

Kermit's Pool

Do you have an image that, whenever you see it, the memory just makes you smile? This is one of those images for me. Every time I see it, I can’t help but get a smile on my face as I remember how much fun it was to be in this place.

I’d traveled to Karijini National Park in Western Australia to spend five days absorbed by photographing the gorges that comprise this incredible park. On my first morning, before most people had unzipped their sleeping bags and emerged from their tents, I had hiked down into Hancock Gorge, scurried along narrow ledges of rock, secured my camera gear into a dry bag and swam the length a natural Olympic-sized pool of cool spring water, and finally climbed over boulders in narrow crevasses with the mineral rich red rocks of Australia rising high above my head. Only then did I reach Kermit’s Pool.

Without a guide and abseiling gear, one can go no further in Hancock Gorge. That was fine by me. I had reached a pool of pure tranquility, the only sounds being my own breathing and the soothing sound of water flowing into the pool. I spent about two hours enjoying this scene. I would photograph it for a while and then sit and enjoy the solitude before picking up my camera again. Eventually, after the last picture was taken and the whispered sounds of voices announced the coming arrival of people making their way down the Gorge floor, I went for a quick swim in this pool.

Thinking back to that moment, when I was floating on my back, looking up at the cloudless blue sky above, I can’t help but smile.

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