The diversity of the Atherton Tablelands is nothing short of being astounding. The thick rainforest around Kuranda quickly dries out further inland.
Open eucalyptus forest mixes in with other Australian hardwood trees. This is no place for softness to withstand these extremely harsh conditions. The sun bakes the granite landscapes, which stores the heat like an oversized oven.
There may not be a large floral diversity, but Emerald Creek Falls makes up with colours and imposing natural structures.
Emerald Creek Falls is yet another hidden jewel on the Atherton mountain range. Following a dry and dusty dirt track, east of Mareeba leads to a popular swimming spot for locals.
Following the hiking trail through eucalyptus forest gives you a splendid view over Emerald Creek and it’s waterfalls.
The mineral paintings on this granite shute couldn’t be any more colourful. Odd growing trees add to a surreal landscape.
The upper basin was just as mesmerising, which kept my imagination and camera preoccupied.
Fascinating tree statues emerged in all sizes and forms. Most trees grew in unique and captivating postures.
How these tree roots anchor themselves on mostly granite surface keeps intriguing me.
Washed out tree roots glanced like tentacles along the barren ground.
Numerous trees fell victim to rushing floodwaters, adding sculptural structures to this bizarre scenario.
Washed up tree trunks mixed in with robust green-leaved trees made out this wooden natural maze. Live and let live.
Emerald Creek itself added a lifeline to all flora within its creek bed forest.
Faster flowing waters cascade over multiple granite boulders.
Silhouettes from the setting sun grew bigger on boulders and running waters.
Some calmer pockets reflected the clear blue sky.
Submerged boulders are clearly visible in see-through greenish waters.
Faster streaming waters simulated windows over immense boulders. Just marvellous. I spent a few hours exploring this fascinating creek bed with my camera and could have spent a few more.
This raw environment really enchanted my intuition. It is obvious on how these destructive liquid forces exist in full flow, not today though.
Emerald Creek Valley and beyond are seen from the top of Emerald Creek Falls, towards Cape York peninsula. This is a great spot for a cooling swim and to enjoy the view far ahead.
As the setting sun cast long shadows over the ravine, it was time to return to my Landcruiser.
Coffee was needed to reflect on this unusual creek and its surroundings.