Kimberley - James Price Point June 12 - 13 2018
  Not too many years ago Manari Road was well maintained by Woodside and the Browse Gass Development. The plan was to build a gas processing plant at James Price Point.

Now its heavily corrugated. Travelled by local residents and a few 4wds. The many caravans that took advantage of the good road for long term camping now travel elsewhere.

And us.

  Welcome To Country ..... The Penalty Is ......
  After about 50 km we reach James Price Point. Also referred to as Prices Point.

Also named Walmadany.

  Before the first coffee has been made we begin to take notice of our surroundings and bird life.

A Brahminy Kite and a  .......

  Then a quick walk along the cliff top to make sure we have the best position.

There is no-one else here.

  The tide is about half.

So a quick reconnaisance.

We are looking for dinosaur tracks but trip over a "hairy chiton". We know of chitons but have not previously seen hairy ones.

  A more interesting shoreline than we have seen for a while. We are used to colder climates.

An anemone (but don't ask us to say that ...).

  There are many crabs. We hear them scuttling away and splashing between pools before we see them.

Some of them try to defend themselves.

  The broken area of rock supposedly contains dinosaur footprints.

We haven't yet got our eye in. Despite photographs and papers it will take us some time to make sense of what we are looking at.

  In the meantime we trip over what we can only describe as a soft limpet.
  The dinosaur tracks are described as being in "Broome Sandstone".

Our first problem is "which rock is the Broome Sandstone".

There is the green-yellow rock which is a fairly thin layer with what we imagine are smallish indentations on top and columns underneath.

In some places its not the top layer.

We can imagine something with feet pushing through mud, which hardens to sandstone, then the surrounding rock underneath is eroded leaving the columns.

But we can't find anything resembling that description.

  The top looks very convoluted. Lots of tracks (footprints).

It used to be horizontal.

There's been tracks of at least 21 different dinosaur types recorded along this coast, not all in one place, many different sizes.

  Trying to work out which bit is more eroded than other bits?

We still don't know if the Broome Sandstone is the reddish rock of the greenish-yellow rock.

Since the harder red substrate is more widely distributed perhaps that's the sandstone.

Then again .... after downloading a long paper, that includes a stratigraphic section, its all Broome Sandstone.

  So a small diversion as we walked back up the beach a grey falcon on its favourite rock.
  The shadows lengthen and the reds become redder as the sun lowers.
  Next day we followed the cliff top track southwards.

It runs behind the dune of white sand.

We found our way through the dune where the Lurujarri Trail crosses to a campsite.

We turned back once we reached the point that we can see.

No doubt there are middens and burial sites among these dunes, but we didn't really look, it just seems so obvious.

Lurujarri are the coastal dunes.

  Before we planned our trip I read of someone's horrendous trip through swamps and bush to reach Quandong Point and James Price Point.

The bush is fairly dense coastal rainforest.

We had a much easier journey along well travelled roads.

  Given the idea that there are dinosaur tracks in the area our imaginations take off.
  Slowly we walk northwards back along the beach. Easier walking than the cliff top soft sand track.
  We disturb a hermit crab, well above the high tide mark.

We wonder what sort of tracks it makes.

There is something that leaves tracks like a large beetle, too large to be a beetle we think.

  Bristow Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A.

Frequent journey from the Browse Gas Field.

Slow and heavy sounding.

  A few hundred metres to the north of us is a freshly graded track through the cliff to the beach.
  Walking south, back along the beach, single tracks (footprints).
  The major difference between tracks of different dinosaurs is obviously shape and size, but also toes.

I'm looking for "three toes" but failing miserably.

  Though in different mud I can imagine three toes.

The swiss army knife gives some idea of scale.

Theropods are bi-pedal (two feet) and carniverous.

Hence the impression of claws I guess.

Also reminiscent of Marala, the Emu Man. The Law giver in Aboriginal culture.

  Looking for a ridge of harder rock, squeezed by dinosaur traffic, now raised as the softer rock each side eroded.

And failing.

  How does anyone ever make sense of this?
  Something different ..... reminiscent of tube worms.
  At last, "a bit of ridge".

The depressions are apparently dinosaur tracks.

There was probably / possibly a layer of mud on top that spread the load, so we see just depressions in this layer of rock.

  The sand between the rocks is white on the top, the crabs bring up red sand from below.
  Back home after a hard day at the coast.

A large flock of white-breasted woodswallows chasing the myriad flying insects in the evening light.

They are becoming used to us.

  We are becoming used to the red of the cliffs at sunset.

The red cliffs are Yanniyarri, extending northwards to Flat (Dugal) Rock.

Kimberley - James Price Point June 14 - 15 2018

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