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Macro Photos from Mt Field and the Styx Valley

Macro Photos from Mt Field and the Styx Valley

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Macro photos are great in Tasmania at any time of the year with each of the four seasons offering something unique to photograph. In autumn it is the colourful fungi of the forest floor that demand attention and in spring it is the new growth of the ferns or the tiny little flowers, in this case, of the sassafras tree.

Sassafras flower at Mt Field Tasmania

A fallen sassafras flower at Mt Field Tasmania

Mt Field is only just over an hour out of Hobart and the Styx Valley another 30 minutes beyond that. The waterfalls, Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls are magnificent landscape photography subjects, particularly in spring when there is a lot of water, but I always make sure to also pack my macro lens when photographing this area.

Mossy forest scene - macro photo, Styx Valley

Mossy forest scene – macro photo, Styx Valley

There is a hidden world in the dark green Tasmanian rainforest, not seen unless a concerted effort is made. It is only too easy to wander past the mossy logs and the gnarly tree trunks without a second thought – but taking your time to explore these easy tracks is an incredibly rewarding experience, at any time of year.

Fern fronds, Macro photo - Styx Valley

Fern fronds, Macro photo – Styx Valley

The highlight in spring is the newly unfurling fern fronds, and the flowers of the sassafras tree. The sassafras flower contains a very nice scent and yesterday’s visit was accompanied by some lovely fragrances throughout the forest.

Macro photos Tasmania - Sassafras flowers, Styx Valley

Macro photos Tasmania – Sassafras flowers, Styx Valley

I run regular photography workshops to Mt Field and the Styx Valley. These workshops are great for beginners looking to get more out of their cameras and also for more advanced users who want to see some wonderful Tasmanian sights with an experienced local photographer. This workshop runs all year round, on demand. Contact me to discuss upcoming dates!

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