This is the Devil's Pool, also known as The Boulders in a small town in Far North Queensland called Babinda. Since 1959, this pool has claimed 17 lives and is steeped in tragedy and local folklore.
This is the tale of the Babinda Boulders, recounted by an Aboriginal Elder, "There was a tribe that lived here. In this tribe was an elder, and his name was called Waroonoo and Waroonoo was promised to a girl called Oolana. When they got married, they had a big dance. As they went dancing a wandering tribe passed through and they welcomed them. In this tribe was a handsome young warrior and his name was Dyga. Oolana fell in love with him, and he fell in love with Oolana. While they were dancing, they decided to run further up the creek and camp there overnight. And at the morning, the wandering tribe and our tribe saw that they were missing. So they went in search of them and they said to Oolana, "You've got to come with us." And his tribe took him away. And when she saw that, she just came and she threw herself into the creek. She loved him that much. And there was a mighty upheaval, and rocks were strewn everywhere and where she lay is now called the Devil's Pool. And every now and again she might call a wandering man to her, thinking that it's Dyga".
Babinda is one of my favourite country towns. It has a population of just over 1,000 people and its greatest claim to fame - aside from the Devil's Pool - is that it is a consistent winner of the Golden Gum Boot Award. It has the highest average rainfall in Australia, of 4,250 mm annually. To give you an idea, London has an average annual rainfall of around 750mm, Dublin 1200mm, Rome 400mm, Paris 300mm. The international Gum Boot Award, however goes to two towns in India.
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photoray (13682) 2014-05-11 6:13
Tranquil scene, the opposite of the 'legend'. The wispy water patterns flowing, with the boulders a refuge amongst the lush landscaping.
Looks like a fine place to relax and dream.
Thanks for sharing,
snunney (90030) 2014-05-11 6:49
Your picture of the pool belies the story associated with it. The slow shutter speed creates a wonderful atmosphere full of calm and serenity. Love the colours and the textures to be observed in the wet rocks. The Golden Gum Boot Award sounds intriguing, what does it entail?
Noel_Byrne (27440) 2014-05-11 6:57
a beautiful tropical forest scene, the long exposure on the water is to me always a beautiful sight. This place does look quite harmonious and beautiful and not a place to associate with tragedy and death, but then again one of the most dangerous houses ever was made of gingerbread :)
I like the old legends that come to be associated with places too, always puts a nice slant to a scene.
This would be a great name for a horror film and a great location too.
Have a great Sunday
samson (1355) 2014-05-11 8:46
Wow, what a tale! And handsome young males should be wary going there. A lovely scene captured by you... but I would not be going near it although not that young ...
carlo62 (38749) 2014-05-11 13:00
la signora delle acque colpisce ancora.
Il movimento tra le rocce è splendido, si ha la sensazione di sentire anche il rumore.
Bello scatto, tecnicamente ben fatto.
lousat (82636) 2014-05-11 14:24
Ciao Lisa,sei sempre molto brava nell'usare i lunghi tempi di esposizione,e oggi ci offri una nuova magia,scenerio fantastico,un tuffo nella natura colto con grande classe,forse solo un pochino scura ma molto molto bella.Buona settimana e complimenti,Luciano
ikeharel (62989) 2014-05-11 20:12
The long shutter speed, only 3 sec. exp. - but enough to make the "silkey" texture of the water.
Nicely contrast to the green surrounding, the rocks looks "polished" by water - but is it the effect of the filet?
Anyway, such corners makes the soul re-filled...
Have a nice new week,
jjcordier (79054) 2014-05-11 21:59
Au format plus grand, on apprécie encore plus le filé sur l'eau et la beauté sauvage des lieux.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-05-12 0:30
Splendid photo of this Devils Pool, and wow what a story about this place as seen and heard from the Aborigines.
Love the mood as you have managed it well, and given it a mystical feel with the darker light.
Trust you are well.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-12 3:02
a stunning place and all the more so once we read your notes on the legend surrounding this pool. Really love the atmosphere the ND filter imparts on this image and the delicate fg greenery just adds to the depth and beauty so elegantly. Superb!
Have a good week - B.
Sergiom (67502) 2014-05-12 5:31
What a nice long exposition. I like the flow of the water and the nice texture. The very low point of view is perfect and offer a nice perspective.
Have a nice day
sabermonajati (10403) 2014-05-12 22:25
pleasant and fascinating form from river you captured.
colors are attractive.
abmdsudi (46928) 2014-05-13 3:45
With this image one can never tire of this place, it's so peaceful in serene deep rain-forest adequately exposed for the turbulance water is precise to soften the movement. The pov is good, great dof and brilliant detail throughout. The lively fresh green brightens up the image rendering a superb color contrast as a whole. I think you have captured the 'feel'
soothing on the eyes and an adventurous low shutter with good study tripod. I am impressed, Congrats
rogerl (1544) 2014-05-13 6:04
Lisa, another lovely nature shot, particularly with the slow shutter speed to soften the whole effect. Looks like a tranquil and lovely place. Thanks.