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Douglas Apsley National Park, Tasmania

The Douglas Apsley National Park is something of a “quiet achiever” type of park. It doesn’t have the crowd-drawing, eye-popping “stunning” type of landmarks that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wineglass Bay or the Bay of Fires which are both nearby, but it’s charm is that you can have a more peaceful visit to nature than in some of the over-crowded Parks. There are some great walks and a nice camping area here too.

Waterfall at Douglas Apsley National Park, Tasmania

Waterfall at Douglas Apsley National Park, Tasmania

Apsley Gorge Walk – Douglas Apsley National Park

Recently we walked to the Apsley Gorge which is approx 1.5 hours each way. Being mid summer meant that there wasn’t a huge amount of water going along the river or over the waterfalls, but for me, the amount was pretty much perfect for the above photo. I could get close to the cascading water without getting spray on my camera, and the detail in the rocks and contrast in this photograph between the white curtains of water and the dark wet dolerite was beautiful.

Macro Raindrops on Sheoak Trees, Douglas Apsley National Park

Macro Raindrops on Sheoak Trees, Douglas Apsley National Park

Then the rain set in. Just as we started to climb along the dolerite rocks of the Apsley Gorge the rain came down quite hard, and soon the rocks were very slippery and not looking safe to continue we returned through the forest. As we walked the whole forest glistened with raindrops and the clouds dropped low adding a beautiful atmosphere to the walk. When the rain finally stopped I changed to the Macro lens and spent some time taking some macro photos of two jewel like rain drops on a She Oak tree.

Tasmanian Landscape Photography – Fine Art Prints

As I said, this National Park is a little less about the obvious landscape features and a bit more about a quiet commune with nature – and that, after all, is what landscape photography is all about. Don’t forget to browse my online gallery. All my Tasmanian photography is available for purchase as fine art prints.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.