This months new Tasmanian photography is mostly from my Autumn trip to Cradle Mountain but there are a couple of new versions of my aurora australis photos in the mix too.
This first shot captures the morning mist as it drifts across Marions Lookout and across the face of Cradle Mountain, captured just before the mountain was hidden completely. Being autumn, the orangey hue of the fagus is visible on Marions Lookout as is a light dusting of snow. The day prior to taking this shot I was walking across the plateau beyond Marions Lookout as the snow and hail fell. The sound of the snow falling gently onto the fagus leaves as I descended past Crater Lake was a beautifully peaceful experience.
Crater Falls was full of water and there was a very nice series of cascades just downstream of the main fall. Crater Falls can be a tricky one to photograph – there can be a lot of fallen branches making the scene a little “busy” or the water levels can be too high or too low. Autumn must be the goldilocks time for photographing these falls as the water level was just right and this is by far the nicest image I have walked away from these falls with
This month’s “Photo of the Month” however is this macro shot of the autumn leaves. It took a while to get this one right, as I was juggling an umbrella to block the harsh direct sunlight and working with an extremely shallow depth of field. The bottom half of the image even makes a nice panorama and I currently have this on display in a lovely chocolatey brown Tasmanian Sassafras frame made by Nitchi Design.
These aurora images are not new, but the panoramic crop of the startrails image works really well IMHO and the new triplet, including the aurora above Freycinet, Hobart & Cradle Mountain is quite unique too.