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Fagus on the Tarn Shelf walk, Mt Field

Fagus on the Tarn Shelf walk, Mt Field

Thursday May 17, 2012

My final venture to the autumn colours this year was with Brisbane based photographer, Michael Snedic, together with whom we will be presenting a Tasmanian Experience 7 Day Photography Workshop later in the year. While he was here in early May we ventured off to do the Tarn Shelf walk at Mt Field, where we caught the tail end of the fagus season for 2012.

Pandani on the Tarn Shelf walk, Mt Field

Pandani on the Tarn Shelf walk, Mt Field

The Tarn Shelf Walk, Tasmania

The Tarn Shelf is, as it’s name implies a narrow “shelf” with a number of small tarns along it. The backdrop to the tarns is the Rodway Range with its covering of fagus, which in the photo above you can see is mostly grey and bare, with only a few very small patches of orangey yellow still to be seen. These pandanis just near the entrance to the Shelf caught our attention and provided a great subject in the foreground with the Tarn Shelf in the background.

The last leaves of Autumn, Tarn Shelf Walk, Tasmania

The last leaves of Autumn, Tarn Shelf Walk, Tasmania

Once we made it to the tarns we were rewarded with small patches of coloured leaves, and in fact the starkness of the grey autumn clouds and pale sunlight really created a nice scene as the bare branches reached out forlornly to the cold sky.

Fagus leaves, Tarn Shelf Walk Tasmania

Fagus leaves, Tarn Shelf Walk Tasmania

Finally, as it became apparent that sweeping landscapes full of colour and life were not going to be ours, the macro lens came out and it was time to get up close and personal with the delightful detail of the tiny leaves and branchlets of the fagus. The changing colour of the autumn leaves is a beautiful time to bushwalk in Tasmania, and an endlessly fascinating subject for landscape and macro photography. Each year I make at least one journey in the autumn months, and there are still plenty of places I am looking forward to seeing and photographing in their autumn hues. For now, winter is not far away which has it’s own unique beauty in its harshness.

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