An Aussie Adventure, "Down Under" the Brisbane CBD

Took a trip to the Underground Brisbane CBD today
tried a bit of light painting (seen here: )
very pleased with the results!

this however was not just a “simple” underground excursion…. no, we really had an adventure down there in the early hours of this Sunday morning.

Firstly, I had to climb down with a rope, into where the entrance was…(this was much aided my my husbands shoulders being used as a platform, since the drop down is about 11 feet)
I survived, (as did his shoulders)
There was a small trickle of water that was running out in a steady stream… no more than 4 inches in depth at most points in the entrance…. ( )
So we figured it was not too bad further in.

This shot was the last shot taken in a small series….

and while we had intended on taking more… we were certainly made to leave in a hurry…
See, there was this sound, to me it was like a train in a tunnel…and it was sudden, and loud, and getting louder!
I speculated that it was the train passing by and echoing down the tunnel… Rich on the other hand said it sounded like water, and a lot of it, headed our way…
Not willing to stay around to see who was right in this matter, we grabbed up our gear quickly and while on the move, through the slippery tunnels, stuffing lights into pockets while trying not to fall…..
the sound was gaining on us, and while I was still thinking that it was “hopefully” a train, we turned the corner to see the exit about 80 feet away…
the ground was not as slick and the tunnel now was a bit taller so easier to maneuver.
Quickly we got to the place at the end where we had our rope,
not knowing how much time we would have, if it was water, to climb out, we decided to put the camera away and secure the gear we had as well as position our selves close to the wall and anchored ourselves to it with the rope.
Not a moment too soon either…. I would have lost the bet if we had thought to stay and continue photographing, since it was DEFINITELY NOT a train!
A moment later it was like someone had emptied a hotel’s pool down our drain system and we stayed very close to the wall to keep from being swept over the edge of the 20 foot drop that formed a waterfall.
After about 5 mins of standing there, the water started to slow up and we were able to un-plaster ourselves from the wall.

So with the aid of my step ladder (ie Richard’s shoulders), I got back out of the tunnel entrance and onto solid ground …
in one piece, though a bit soggy from the knees down…..

it was a good way to spend the morning….

An Aussie Adventure, "Down Under" the Brisbane CBD

Jennifer Ellison

Joined April 2008

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A nice early morning photographic adventure below the city of Brisbane

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