Update 15.11.15

A message from Langdon Stevenson, webmaster for Richard and Carol Green

I have been in contact with Richard and Carol's family. They asked me to post this statement from them:

We are mourning the huge loss of Richard and Carol and their friend John Davis in the recent tragic helicopter accident. They were rare people, humble whilst achieving greatness and deeply committed to sustaining wilderness and the natural environment. We are very grateful for the sympathy and support that everyone has shown and want to extend our thanks to you. Thank you too for your interest in Richard's photos and the book Remote and Wild, he and Carol would have been happy.

Langdon Stevenson

Update 13.11.15

A message from Langdon Stevenson, webmaster for Richard and Carol Green

Over the week I have received dozens and dozens of email from people expressing their condolances at the passing of Richard and Carol Green. Thank you to everyone for your support and sympathy. I have been overwhelmed by discovering just how many people Richard and Carol touched in their lives, and how deeply.

Langdon Stevenson

Update 10.11.15

A message from Langdon Stevenson, webmaster for Richard and Carol Green

It is with great sadness that I write this update, Richard and Carol Green passed away on the weekened when their helicopter crashed near the Hunter Valley. They were on a trip researching environmental impacts of coal mining with documentary film maker John Davis, who also died in the crash.

Richard and Carol were two of the most generous and inspirational people I have had the honour to know. And I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Richard on this website over the years.

I would like to extend my sympathy to the families of Richard, Carol, and John. I am truly saddened by your loss.

RIP Richard and Carol. My good friends.

Langdon Stevenson

Update 9.11.15

A few months ago we were out in the helicopter taking aerial panoramic photographs, which have been provided gratis to various environmental protection agencies. The forest photo below shows the Koala habitat inland from Bega in southern NSW. This is being threatened by logging.

The second shows the Gardens of Stone north of Lithgow, which various energy companies would happily desecrate with open-cut coal-mines and fracking wells.

We are just back from a month long, and at times tiring trip. Initially we spent a couple of days in the eastern Simpson Desert / Diamantina region hoping for a glimpse of the elusive Night Parrot - but without success.

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This country can be very beautiful - see one of our campsites below.

We then continued north via Lawn Hill, where the wind made setting up camp somewhat challenging.

This was the first time we have made such a trip at end of the dry season, and we were surprised how parched many of our familiar environments were. Tentpole in the Gulf, for example, had lost much of its charm - compare the photo below with that on the home page of this website, or on pages 62/63 of our book.

There was only one water-hole left. It is usually 2.5 metres deep - but now is a metre lower. This permitted me to take a photo that required a firm tripod base in the middle of the lake - see photos opposite and below.

We then headed to a tiny offshore Kimberley island. An earlier photo I had taken of a beach on this island proved to be one of the most popular images in my regional gallery shows a few years ago. This time we camped on the other side of the same island - see below - different beach - same sandflies! Note the tide-mark, the ocean here rises 8 metres when the tide comes in.

We continued on to the Pilbara for a couple of days - one campsite location is shown below.

Then we flew down through the Great Sandy Desert, across the Nullarbor Plain and into South Australia, where in contrast it was cold and wet. The photos below show an unusual cloud formation in the Pilbara and an aerial view of the completely dry salt-pan that is Lake Gairdner, west of Port Augusta.

We visited friends in Adelaide and Melbourne, before arriving at my daughter's in country Victoria in time for my new grandson's first birthday.

Update 19.5.15

This year’s trip north took us through the Gulf, into Arnhem Land, eastern Kimberley and home across the Simpson Desert. We found some interesting and very beautiful new locations. For me the most memorable was in the Gulf and less than 10 kilometres from Tentpole – a location we have visited very many times. This new spot resembles a mini version of the Bungle Bungles. There are permanent waterholes, but the rocky mounds are hot and very dry. And like a maze – without a GPS it would have been very easy to have got lost only 100 metres away from the helicopter. See photo below and my panorama photo Mini Bungles in the Gulf Country portfolio. If you look very carefully in the middle of the pool in this photo you might make out a 2 metre freshwater crocodile lazing just below the surface of the water. On a full size 3.2 metre version of this image he is clearly visible. Another new photo in this portfolio shows some of the rocky mounds lit by torchlight at night.

In spite of the very dry environment, Carol spotted this beautiful little green frog sitting on a branch of a dead tree.

We visited several locations in Arnhem Land. The photo below shows a dramatic group of huge boulders near the Goomadeer River in the stone country. Below that are photos of a very peaceful little creek, bright green water plants just below the surface of the crystal clear water and a gorgeous tiny turtle less than 10 cm long.

We stopped one night at the Ragged Range, just west of Lake Argyle in the Eastern Kimberley. This is a little known and visually beautiful and dramatic environment. A large panoramic photo of the deep red/orange mountains has been very popular in my exhibitions and can be seen in the Kimberley & Pilbara portfolio on this site. We walked through the groves of palm trees up into a deep gully between the towering formations, and camped next to a group of young Boab trees – shown below lit by torchlight.

Our last stop on our return trip home was in Currawinya National Park in southern Queensland. The photo below shows Lake Numalla, just 10 minutes after the sun rose above the horizon.

When we stop in National Parks, we are normally in locations that cannot be reached without a helicopter – places never seen by tourists and probably not even by park rangers. These locations are always pristine. Lake Numalla, however, is reachable by 4WD vehicles, and to our surprise we found a picnic bench waiting for our use – very convenient. The bench was home to a pair of very friendly and beautiful gekos ( Variegated Dtellas) and is obviously regularly visited by tourists. It is a sad indictment on these visitors that we had to collect up their beer bottles, broken glass and other detritus that had been left lying in the sand in the immediate vicinity of the bench.

Update 3.11.14

We had reason to visit Melbourne recently to see my first grandchild produced by my elder daughter at the tender age of 44. We took advantage of being south to spend some time in Tasmania visiting friends, and whilst there we managed to get a few days in the south-west wilderness. We camped one night on Low Rocky Point - see photo below.

We then went to Lake Mars in the Western Arthurs. Those who have read our book REMOTE & WILD may remember the report of my first visit to this remarkable location in 1989. It is one of several 'hanging lakes' high in the mountain range. On one side of the lake there is a white sandy beach, which shines bright orange when viewed in the sunlight through the tannin stained water. Mars is unique in that the beach has a backdrop of many hundreds of huge white skeleton dead trees - the result of a major bushfire many years ago.

In 1989, on this first visit to Tasmania, I managed to land my tiny Hughes 300 helicopter on the narrow sandy strip. Perhaps this was a testament of my piloting skills - but much more an example of my amazing foolhardiness in even attempting a landing in such a potentially hazardous location.

After a long and arduous hike it is possible for an adventurous bushwalker to get to see this lake from the ridge above. The lake can be seen to be completely surrounded on all sides by impenetrable forest on a 45˚ rock slope. I thus have no doubt that I was the first human to have ever set foot on this beach.

This time I was keen to get a better photo of this amazing environment. Landing the much larger EC 135 was out of the question, so we took an aerial panorama. I set the camera and passed it to Carol with instructions to press the shutter once a second whilst I hovered the helicopter and rotated it just 15 metres above the water. The resultant two dozen images are very distorted because of the extremely wide (19mm) lens. The sky is filled with images of helicopter blades and the water is churned up by the helicopter’s downdraught. However after several hours on computer, I have managed to come up with the panorama that I was after - see below. For a larger versions of this and the other pictures see:

It is interesting to note how little change there is in 25 years in the comparative height of the regrowth and the skeleton trees. They must have been many hundreds of years old when taken by the bushfire.

Update 30.6.14

It is over a year since our last major heli-camping trip. We made up for this recently with a trip that took us to nearly 20 different outback locations ranging from Lake Mungo in the south to Arnhem Land in the north. From Mungo we flew over Lake Frome - all salt encrusted - and Lake Eyre - now dry and cracked.

The first photographic highlight was in the Painted Hills near Coober Pedy. We were introduced to this by Trevor Wright of Wrightsair. There is no road or track access to the area, and Trevor conducts regular sightseeing flights from his base in William Creek. The environment is quite surreal - the photo below shows red rocks, mainly large fist size, randomly scattered in their thousands over the smooth cream coloured gibber. But they lie on - not in the surface - just as though they had been placed there by hand.

The erosion of the soft multi-coloured hard clay/rock can be clearly seen in the next two shots - Carol out exploring, and the view of the dawn sunrise from our tent.

Could the rocks have been placed there by aboriginal hands? I think not, however, the smooth oval stone shown here certainly looks as though it has been brought in by the early occupants of this land.

Flies here were a nuisance, but the tiny gecko was fauna that we were very pleased to see.

Our journey then took us up across the Simpson and Tanami deserts into eastern Kimberley. Memorable stops there were in the Penticost Ranges, the Spencer Ranges, Keep River and Victoria River - see images below.

After a few days rest in Darwin we spent one day in Arnhem Land, and then flew south into the Gulf country. At Tentpole the resident Jabiru was sitting on a nest of eggs. Also the local Bowerbird had succeeded in finding two aluminium tent pegs left behind by the Channel 7 crew when they were out filming us last year. We found these adorning his bower.

Then on south via western Queensland, where we were very pleased to spend one comfortable night at Cravens Peak, a property run as a nature reserve by Australian Bush Heritage - see

The weather was unusually cold and wet and we spent an hour flying through rain to get there - the hot shower and warm bed were most welcome.

Our next stop was at Lawn Hill, where the limestone is eroded into myriads of razor sharp multi-cracked rocks - an interesting contrast to the carpet of beautifully coloured leaves that had fallen on them.

Then we headed south via Birdsville to Coongie Lake in the Sturt Stony Desert. Here many Tree Martins buzzed around - see photo of one peeping out from its nest hole in a dead river gum. We witnessed an amazing moonrise over the lake that evening and a very beautiful sunrise the following morning.

The trip over the Blue Mountains to home was uncharacteristically pleasant. Sun, blue sky and a tail wind were a pleasant contrast to our more regular experience of this part of the journey - weaving and dodging under low rain clouds after 3 or 4 weeks of blue skies.

Update 21.12.13

I have been meaning to get up into the Top End during the wet season for some time now. Hardly ideal helicopter weather, so we hired a 4 wheel drive Landcruiser and drove from Alice to Darwin via the Tanami Track.

We enjoyed the experience, however, it certainly makes us appreciate the helicopter. It was difficult to get away from existing tracks to find photo locations. Also journeys that would take 10 minutes by helicopter can take many hours on the ground.

It was important to drive fast over the corrugations in the Tanami Track - to minimise the bone shaking vibration. But the 2 dozen wrecked vehicles along the sides of the Track are testament to those who pushed it a bit too far.

We were lucky with the weather, as it didn't start to rain until we reached Halls Creek, so we were past the sandy track before it became boggy. The rains and storms started as we got up into the south-east Kimberley.

If you are interested there are more photos from our trip on

I currently have just 2 more exhibitions; one has just opened at the Wangaratta Art Gallery - this runs until 26 January. Then REMOTE & WILD moves to the Orange Regional Gallery: 7 February - 10 March.

Update 8.6.13

Since last writing we have made one more photo trip. I had earlier been approached by Channel 7 wanting to make a short TV documentary on our activities. After filming at home and at my Blue Mountains show, the television crew came out and camped with us for 3 nights at Tentpole in the Gulf. It was an eye-opener for us to see how much work goes into making such a report. The photo below shows the team videoing Alex Cullen, the presenter, as he swims in to greet us the first morning. The documentary is due to be aired on the 'Sunday Night' programme; I will send a link to my email list when it appears.

We then spent a week in the Kimberley - the photos below show the view from the helicopter on the flight from Darwin to Kununurra, the beautiful Moran Gorge, and our stop-over location at a waterfall for a shower on our way home.

We spent one night in the middle of the Simpson Desert, as I was keen to get a new desert image - see below.

One of our last stop-overs was at Coongie Lakes in the Sturt Stony Desert, where we witnessed this beautiful sunset as flocks of Corellas raced overhead on their way to roost.

Again for those who may be interested, there is more about this trip on my private web blog

There are 5 more REMOTE & WILD show this year:

New England Art Museum, Armidale 28 June - 4 August
Manning Art Gallery, Taree 16 August - 22 September
Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library 11 October - 9 December
Griffith Art Gallery 31 October - 24 November
Wangaratta Art Gallery 20 December - 27 January

I will be giving a lecture/presentation at the opening of most - check out the gallery websites or email me for details.

Update 5.3.13

My next two shows are both extensive ones, each with many large images on display. I will be giving a lecture/presentations at the openings of both. As seating will be limited, please phone the gallery to book your place if you wish to attend.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, 2.00 pm, Saturday 23 March.
Phone Reception 02 4780 5410.

New England Art Gallery and Museum, Armidale, 6.00 pm, Friday 28 June.
Phone Philippa 02 6772 5255.

In my last news update I referenced our visit to Forrest on our way across the Nullarbor Plain. Carol was inspired by the experience to write a short article about it. If you would like to read it you will find it at:

I will close with a couple more snaps from that trip: an inquisitive Major Michell Cockatoo near Lake Gairdner, SA, and desert flowers in the Goldfields National Park near Kakgoorlie, WA.

Update 30.10.12

We have recently returned from a trip that took us west to Perth and up the coast to the Pilbara. This was our first trip across the Nullarbor, which proved to be an unexpected highlight.

We stopped on the cliff edge of the Bight intending to camp there for the night. I took this photo, which shows the cliffs and the flat treeless plain covered with bright pink flowers. What it does not show is the wind - much too much for our tent. So we continued on to our next refuelling spot - Forrest. The wind increased to a 100 km/h head-wind coming from the direction of our next refuelling airport - Kalgoorlie - making it impossible for us to get there. So for 3 days we doubled the population of Forrest until the wind subsided.

Forrest is the only airport on the Nullarbor. It was set up on the train line in the late 1920's as the half-way house for air travellers between east and west. It is now almost a ghost town manned by just two people, who provide refuelling facilities for aircraft and off-road travellers. The Indian Pacific train passes through a couple of times a week and the photos below show the old, but now defunct, station and the rails disappearing off into the empty distance.

I have set up a new website portfolio with some of the photos taken on this WA trip - The South West. Here is my favourite image - the Pinnacles at Nambung National Park. There is more about this trip and several additional images on my private website:

I have two exhibitions coming up shortly:

The largest to date with 34 images is at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery     7 December - 27 January. I will be giving illustrated talks on 7 and 8 December. Further information from:

And a comparatively small show at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre     1 December - 27 January. I will be speaking there on 1 December. Further information from:

Also the following shows are scheduled for the first part of 2013:

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 9 Feb - 10 March
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 22 March - 28 April
New England Regional Art Museum 28 June - 4 August

Update 20.6.12

After being grounded for over 9 months, the helicopter is now back in the air. Traveling in the outback had taken its toll with serious erosion of the internal parts of the engines. They had to go to the USA for repair but are now reinstalled at last - a very costly exercise!

I hope not to have the same problem again, as I spent 3 months fitting newly developed air filters which should ensure that in future the engines will only be breathing clean air with all the sand, bull dust, dead twigs and grasses filtered out.

We have recently returned from a trip into western Arnhem Land and the eastern Kimberley via the central deserts. Some of the photos are shown below. Anyone interested can see more on a private web album that I have had for many years. I have just updated this album to complement my website with about 100 more informal images from our trips - see

Those who have our book will no doubt recognise the location of the photo above - Tentpole in the Gulf. The resident pair of Jabiru storks is still there, with 3 chicks in the nest this year. See pages 45 and 62/63 in the REMOTE & WILD book.

Whilst there we watched a Great Bowerbird performing at its bower, and Carol left a small present for the bird to add to its collection of white treasures.

The photo below was taken in Lawn Hill in north west Queensland. At this spot we stopped just for one night, where at dusk we watched and listened to a pair of Barking Owls calling to each other.

The location above has become a favourite stop-over spot for us - the Yarrunganyi Hills north west of Yuendumu in the southern Tanami Desert. This hill (one of many) is composed of the same fine orange coloured conglomerate rock as Uluru.

Amongst the fauna we spotted at the Yarrunganyi Hills was this beautiful little Eastern Spiny Tailed Gecko, which had taken refuge during the day in the shade under our lunch table (more on

Another favourite stop-over spot is Currawinya on the NSW/Queensland border. Here we were fascinated to watch a pair of Australian Hobbies hunting around the lake - see a completely different view of this lake on pages 108/9 of our book.

This is an aerial view of the sinuous Adelaide River, which we fly over on the way from Darwin to Jabiru - just west of the Kakadu wetlands and home to many saltwater crocodiles.

At the recent Ipswich and Rockhampton Art Gallery shows visitors were asked to choose their favourite images. It was a time consuming job analysing almost 2,000 response forms, and I would like to thank the many who took the trouble to write such complimentary comments on their forms.

The result was a win for "Raging waters" - on the left in the first photo below from the Rockhampton show (pages 106/7 in the book). Close behind was "Mermaid beach" - on the right in the second photo - also from Rockhampton. See Update 27/07/2011 below.

I have two more shows this year:

Casula Powerhouse in southern Sydney     1 December - 27 January,

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery     7 December - 26 January.


Update 4.2.12

The Ipswich show has now closed and moves to Rockhampton Art Gallery – opening on 17 February. I was most touched by a report I received from the Director of the Ipswich Art Gallery:

'REMOTE & WILD' attracted over 17,000 visitors during a nine week showing at the Ipswich Art Gallery. The visitor response was overwhelming, with 100% positive feedback and a significant numbers of visitors compelled to express their passionate admiration for the work. The photographs are spectacular, showing a series of panoramic and diverse Australian landscapes, that connect with something deep within the psyche of the visiting public -- this is the Australia they adore".

Michael Beckmann, Director Ipswich Art Gallery

Anyone in Sydney who has missed my lecture/presentations can catch up with one this month. I will be talking to the North Sydney Leagues Photo Soc in Cammeray on 14 Feb (details from 0414 901 986), and to the Manly Warringah Camera Club in Brookvale on 23 Feb (details from 9882 1101).

Update 5.12.11

We have just returned from the opening of my Ipswich Art Gallery exhibition. The photo below shows about half the total number of images on display. Some 200 people attended my lecture/presentations on the weekend and initial response to the show is very favourable.

The exhibition runs until the end of January and it then re-opens in the Rockhampton Art Gallery on 17 February, where it runs through until the end of March. Other venues for 2012 are the Moree Plains Gallery (6 September - 19 November) and the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (7 December - 29 January 2013).

On our return from Ipswich we stopped in Crystal Creek on the Queensland / NSW border for some hiking in the rainforest, and this has added one more image to my South East web portfolio. With a good computer screen this image, like all the other long panoramas in the portfolios, can be viewed by scrolling across a detailed image almost 1 metre long.

Update 10.11.11

My lecture/presentations at the forthcoming Ipswich Art Gallery show will be on Sunday afternoon 27 November. The first starting at 2.30pm with 90 visuals describes the trials and tribulations of heli-camping and where we go. The second at 4.00pm with over 50 visuals describes my photographic technique. Further details should soon be posted on:

There will not be any lecture/presentations associated with my show at Rockhampton Art Gallery early next year.

Update 28/10/11

At the request of SERCA the South East Region Conservation Alliance, the Queen is to be presented with images of some of Australia's most beautiful natural environments. Last week-end Carol and I motorbiked to Canberra to hand over a copy of my Forest Connections image and a boxed copy of our book REMOTE & WILD: Seeking the unknown Australia. I hope she enjoys the read!

Richard and Carolyn unroll the Forest Connections photo in front of Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House in Canberra

This Forest Connections image was taken at the request of Prue Acton for SERCA. During the last year thousands of copies of this image have been sold by SERCA to generate funds to help its efforts to protect these beautiful forests. They are the only remaining habitat for the Koala in southern NSW, and this life-sustaining habitat is currently being threatened by logging for wood chips. See news update on 15/06/11 below for more info.

Update 13/09/2011

The next 'Natural Forests' show opens in Cyclone Gallery in South Melbourne on 5 October; it then goes to Gallery Bodalla on the NSW south coast, opening on 5 November. Details about these from Valerie Faber 0421 238 174.

My next two REMOTE & WILD Regional Gallery shows are both in Queensland. The first opens at the Ipswich Art Gallery on 26 November and I will be giving a lecture/presentation on my work on 27 November ( This show runs until 29 January 2012, then goes to the Rockhampton Art Gallery where it runs from 17 February until 1 April. Both are large shows ( approximately 2 dozen images) with large works - most approximately 3 metres long. If you live in the vicinity I hope you will be able to get along to see one of them.

Update 25/07/2011

The "Natural Forests" exhibition set up by Prue Acton, and financed from sales of postcards and limited edition prints of my Forest Connections photo, has now run in Bermagui and in Sydney. It opens in Canberra in the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery on 5 August - see the SERCA site for details.

Here is a photo taken at the opening of the Bermagui show and a snap taken on our way down to the show as we were driving into Bodalla. The light was amazing, clear setting sun to the right and black storm clouds overhead and to the left.

In addition to the Forest Connectons aerial photograph, another that drew a lot of interest at the exhibition was one we took further north showing Gulaga Mountain and Wallaga Lake.

I am delighted by the news that my good friend Alec Marr has used his genius for strategy to save the Tasmanian old growth forests. He has just negotiated the sale of the highly controversial Gunns woodchip mill to a tourism consortium and he is now the Managing Director of the business.

Whilst referencing the web and forests the Getup spoof on Harvey Norman's TV ad is well worth viewing if you have not already seen it.

Our last major photography trip took us up through Queensland and the Gulf Country to Darwin. We spent a couple of days at "Tentpole" in the Gulf. The Jabiru was on its nest again and our regular swimming hole had a total of 8 resident freshwater crocodiles. One day we found a couple of them fishing - their mouths wide open in the cascading water, just waiting patiently for a fish to swim in.

We then flew out from Darwin to the Pilbara. En route we detoured via the Edgar Range about 150 km south east of Broome in the northern part of the Great Sandy Desert. Here are a couple of photos taken there.

We continued on to the Pilbara but the weather was wet and gusty - horrible for camping. Photography was somewhat constrained, but the rain clouds did part briefly allowing me to take this photo of these unusually shaped conglomerate rock formations near Wittenoom Gorge.

We cut this part of the trip short and flew north to Cape Levique and out to sea where we landed on a tiny Kimberley island. Here I found several great photos - see below.

Our trip back to Sydney took us through the Tanami and Simpson Deserts both freshly covered in green spinifex and low bushes as a result of two years of rain. The next two photos were taken on top of a dune in the Simpson and in the Yarrunganyi Hills near Yuendumu.

The fuel stop at Yuendumu was memorable. It was a Sunday morning and several locals wandered out to the airport to have a look at the unusual visitor a helicopter. Among them was a nurse from the local medical centre who had three dogs, one an Aboriginal camp dog puppy that was looking for a home. Carol fell in love and we now have a new member of the family!

Our last night camping before getting home was spent near Currawinya in southern Queensland. We landed beside a lake that was crowded with nesting water birds, where we witnessed this beautiful sunset.

I will sign off with a photo taken in Queensland of a striking butterfly that kept landing on my trouser leg. It took over 20 attempts before I managed to get this shot with its wings fully extended.

Update 15/06/2011

I have just got back from 3 weeks camping out bush and shortly will have some new images to add to the website. I returned in time for a battle with our somewhat misguided aviation safety regulator - see:

Last week I was in Bermagui for the opening of the Natural Forests exhibition that flowed from the photographers' camp organised by Prue Acton - see article in the Weekend Australian on the media page and the video below. See:

It then goes to the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery in Canberra from 2 - 20 August.

The creation of an iconic image for the South East NSW Forest Wilderness

Richard Green creates an aerial Panorama of coastal wilderness in SE NSW. Movie by Lee Chittick

One of the most recent developments in my photographic technique has been to create stitched aerial landscape panoramas from the helicopter. The first of these 'Forest Connections' was taken at the request of Prue Acton in order to help the campaign to save the old growth forests in southern NSW from logging for wood-chips. This image has proven very popular and is being used on several charity letterheads and is selling as postcards and signed prints - all to generate funds for the forests cause.