Central Australia – Standley Chasm

These photographs were taken by Max Darby in 2015



Standley Chasm ((Angkerle) is Aboriginal land  and can be found about 50 kilometers west of Alice Springs just off the important Larapinta Road. It was named in honour of Ida Standley who taught in Alice Springs and then was the first teacher to work in the Jay Creek settlement in 1928.


As can be seen in the gallery of photographs below, the chasm provides a breathtaking walk for visitors through varying light qualities reflected from its walls. The light varies at different times of the day and is especially beautiful and  intense around midday. The warm-toned sandstone rocks and cliffs contrast with the natural vegetation on the floor of the chasm. A magnificent display of colours and forms, combined with the cool and quiet relief from the heat, emphasizes the spirituality of this traditional Aboriginal site.  


At the far end, a still pond is formed by a reliable trickle of water. This has ensured the survival of species from a time when Central Australia was a lusher place.



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