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Spring in the Forest

Spring has sprung! Some shots from a day tour to Mt Field and the Styx Valley earlier this week. One of the major highlights of spring is searching for tiny little orchids which appear out of the forest floor. In the Styx there was a nice patch of bird orchids right below the big trees...Read More

Mt Paris Dam

There are a lot of hidden gems in Tasmania’s north east. A major one is the Mt Paris dam, on the back road from Branxholm to Weldborough. The area has a great deal of rich mining heritage, and this dam was built during the 1930’s. Dotted throughout the north east forests are water races, historic...Read More

Sunset Hobart

My little go-to spot for sunset is in Bellerive, and a couple of nights ago I noticed this great cloud formation out west and decided it could be worth a quick trip out. Here’s what happened next 🙂 Shot in Bellerive, using my Pentax K1 and a B+W 10 stop ND.  One of my favourite features...Read More

The Crepuscular Bay of Fires

This very crepuscular sunrise was the highlight of one of my Bay of Fires workshops earlier this year. We ventured down to the famous Bay of Fires Tree and the dawn was very grey to begin with, and the pre dawn offered very little in the way of colour and light. Shortly after sunrise however,...Read More

Cape Tourville

Cape Tourville is a wonderful short walk in the Freycinet National Park. It offers outstanding views of the Hazards, Freycinet Peninsula and north to the Friendly Beaches. It is also the easiest way to get a glimpse of Wineglass Bay – seen in the image below as the sandy beach right in the middle, between...Read More

Dusk at the Cradle Mountain Boatshed

A major highlight of my Cradle Mountain photography workshops is sunrise and sunset down at Dove Lake. On my last trip back in June, the mountain had a nice layer of snow, and dusk at the boat shed brought some very subtle and muted colours. These shots were taken with my 10 stop ND filter...Read More

Red Hygrocybe mushroom Tasmania

Today’s post is about this nice red fungi. I dont know much about it other than that it is reasonably common in the Tasmanian rainforest.  I am quite sure it is a Hygrocybe. I have a sneaking suspicion it might perhaps be a Hygrocybe firma, but for the time being here are the pics 🙂...Read More

Glowworms in Tasmania

Well, my last post (from Japan) was about the firefly, so it is quite fitting that my first post back in Tasmania features some more “life that glows” –  the glow worm! Glow worms are not worms, they are the larval stage of a kind of gnat. They emit the light when they want to...Read More

Fireflies in Japan

Funnily enough, after many, many visits, I had never seen or photographed fireflies in Japan. This year, shortly after arriving, we spotted some articles in the newspaper saying they were out and about, so I made a couple of trips to nearby Koori to see for myself. The first visit basically coincided with a full...Read More

Omoi no taki

Omoi no taki is another great waterfall in Fukushima, Japan. It is located not far from the onsen (hot spring) town of Tsuchi-yu, meaning after a morning photographing waterfalls it was lunch and a visit to an “ashi-yu” – or hot spring for your feet. The walk is very pleasant (as long as you don’t...Read More

Yoshinodaira fudou taki (falls) in Fukushima, Japan

I have spent most of the last month in Japan, where monstrous flooding rain in the west and a nationwide heatwave dominated the news almost everyday of our stay. We were based in the north, in Fukushima (which of course has had its own fair share of trouble in the recent past) but this year...Read More