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Rainforest along Gold Creek, Styx Valley

Gold Creek Falls – Styx Valley

Thanks to the extremely handy Waterfalls of Tasmania website, I recently made my way to the relatively unknown Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley.

The rainforest clad Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley

The rainforest clad Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley

The creek is covered in stunning green rainforest and the waterfall itself is quite large although hard to frame up in a “typical” kind of way due to the dense vegetation. I spent heaps of time here, soaking up the scenes, marveling that a place like this could remain basically unknown in this day and age.

The rainforest clad Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley

Ferns and moss almost completely covering the creek

 

The rainforest clad Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley

Ferns and moss almost completely covering the creek

I made my way down to the creek, then switching to my sandals basically walked up the creek. The thick ferns while mostly obscuring the fall made for some really beautiful compositions so I spent a lot of time just below the fall. I made an effort to get up close and get at least one “location” shot of the fall which was fine but not necessarilly my favourite from the day.

The rainforest clad Gold Creek Falls in the Styx Valley

Close to Gold Creek Falls

On my way back I found myself really enjoying an immersion in the forest I perhaps haven’t felt for a little while. I couldn’t bring myself to leave. The greenery was quite spell-binding. It was an utterly still day and quite overcast – in other words a great day for shooting in the forest.

The beautiful green rainforest along Gold Creek

The beautiful green rainforest along Gold Creek

 

The beautiful green rainforest along Gold Creek

The beautiful green rainforest along Gold Creek

On another note, in promoting their new camera Pentax lately have been talking a lot about the joy of taking photos, and in particular the joy of looking through the viewfinder and lining up the shot, and that actually really resonated with me during this particular shoot. I slowed myself down. I looked. I saw. And I shot. Only a few frames in the end but a couple of which turned out to be the ones I was most satisfied with for the day 🙂

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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.