Luke O’Brien can be found at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market each Saturday where you can browse and purchase prints & cards. Luke runs a number of Tasmanian photography workshops and is available for one on one tuition or commissions.

Red Hygrocybe mushroom Tasmania

Red Hygrocybe mushroom Tasmania

Today’s post is about this nice red fungi. I dont know much about it other than that it is reasonably common in the Tasmanian rainforest.  I am quite sure it is a Hygrocybe. I have a sneaking suspicion it might perhaps be a Hygrocybe firma, but for the time being here are the pics This fungi is often a fairly tricky fungi to shoot as it often grows straight out of the ground and you need to perform some tripod gymnastics to get interesting angles – such as the the image above… Read more →
Upcoming Tasmanian Photography Workshops

Upcoming Tasmanian Photography Workshops

I have new dates set and am now taking bookings for spring 2018 and the Tarkine next autumn, contact me to register interest! Cradle Mountain: October 2~5, 2018; $1995 per person. Four days at Cradle Mountain shooting sunrise, sunset AND night sky at Dove Lake… Read more →
Glowworms in Tasmania

Glowworms in Tasmania

Well, my last post (from Japan) was about the firefly, so it is quite fitting that my first post back in Tasmania features some more “life that glows” -  the glow worm! Glow worms are not worms, they are the larval stage of a kind of gnat… Read more →
Fireflies in Japan

Fireflies in Japan

Funnily enough, after many, many visits, I had never seen or photographed fireflies in Japan. This year, shortly after arriving, we spotted some articles in the newspaper saying they were out and about, so I made a couple of trips to nearby Koori to see for myself… Read more →
Omoi no taki

Omoi no taki

Omoi no taki is another great waterfall in Fukushima, Japan. It is located not far from the onsen (hot spring) town of Tsuchi-yu, meaning after a morning photographing waterfalls it was lunch and a visit to an “ashi-yu” – or hot spring for your feet… Read more →
Yoshinodaira fudou taki (falls) in Fukushima, Japan

Yoshinodaira fudou taki (falls) in Fukushima, Japan

I have spent most of the last month in Japan, where monstrous flooding rain in the west and a nationwide heatwave dominated the news almost everyday of our stay. We were based in the north, in Fukushima (which of course has had its own fair share of trouble in the recent past) but this year it was just hot, hot, hot… everyday… The only escape was air-conditioning or – my own personal favourite, the cool shady green of Tohoku’s beautiful forest gorges Yoshinodaira fudou taki These falls are located in the southernmost town of Fukushima, Yamatsuri… Read more →
Some more Tarkine fungi treasures

Some more Tarkine fungi treasures

Every autumn I visit Corinna running a 5 day photography tour. One of the highlights is the fungi, which is in peak season from April through June. This year I visited Corinna once, and Philosopher Falls a few times. Here are some of the fungi we found during the May 2018 Tarkine photography tour… Read more →
Nelson Falls

Nelson Falls

I have written about Nelson Falls a few times, as it really is one of Tasmania’s best waterfalls. Surrounded by lush green forest the falls are a very short walk from the Lyell Highway between Lake St Clair and Queenstown so a great place to stop on any trip to western Tasmania… Read more →