This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge prompt is ephemeral. Ephemeral means short lasting and sunsets are definitely short-lasting. And this one was simply gorgeous.
Ok, I know I’m a little late but here’s my entry. I mentally chose this photo when I first saw the prompt but haven’t had a chance to post it.
The gorgeous shades of orange cry warmth to me. It was taken on a very warm night in Darwin last May.
The Old Town Hall, Darwin. I was fascinated by this building that is now used for open-air theatre.
This beautiful, quiet waterhole would be the perfect place for a swim. If there weren’t crocodiles around. It was our last full day in Darwin and after spending two fun but busy days at Kakadu I was looking forward to doing something not so full-on. We were told it was a popular picnic spot for the residents of Darwin. It took a while for us to find it because it wasn’t well signposted but once we got there we found it to be deserted. We soon found out why. The waterhole was closed because they were still testing to make sure there were no crocodiles in there. To do that they set traps and check them regularly. There was a small waterfall nearby that was gushing but that didn’t turn out very well in my photos.
On our tour of Litchfield National Park I learned that there are two types of termite mounds: Cathedral and Magnetic.
As the name suggests, the Cathedral mounds sort of look like a cathedral. They are tall and sort of rounded and grow very tall. They can last up to 50 years.
You can see how tall they are compared to these people.
The Magnetic termite mounds are called that because they grow north to south to minimise the amount of sunlight during the day. They are amazing structures. The have arches, tunnels, chimneys and even insulation.
There seemed to be a lot more of the magnetic mounds that we saw but because they just seem to ‘pop’ out of the ground they can be found anywhere. Another thing I noticed is the they are not mixed. The cathedral mounds seemed to grow in one part of the park and the magnetic mounds in another part.
A cross-section of one of the mounds.
The bunker was built during WW2 to hold ammunition. It was deemed far enough inland to avoid being a target for the Japanese. The bunker has been transformed into a museum which details Darwin’s role in the war. During World War II, this area was part of a network of military sites that formed Australia’s front line of defence.