August 08, 2011

Warmun is located about halfway between Kununurra and Halls Creek in the North East Kimberley. The area itself is noteworthy for its amazing series of hills and ridges, and the majestic Boab tree dotted across the landscape. The drive from Kununurra was uneventful for the most part with only the odd campervan and road train interrupting the relatively still environment. As we drew closer to Warmun the horizon was filled with plumes of smoke from the back burning taking place. The closer we got to settlement the blacker the landscape until we encountered massive flames engulfing the long dry grass bordering the Great Northern highway. Along with the bright orange and yellow flames was the roaring sound of fire overwhelming all before it. Our first recording opportunity in the Eastern Kimberley turned out to be one of the most dramatic one could possibly wish for.  After battling the cracking noise of the flames with our faithful microphones and recorders for an hour, it was time to continue on to Warmun to see what other strange encounters await us.

Philip Samartzis