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Tasmanian sassafras flower

The Tasmanian sassafras is one of the most common trees in the Tasmanian rainforest and produces a beautiful flower which ends up covering the forest floor in September after falling from the rainforest canopy. I like to photograph the fallen flowers which invariably seem to find their way to a nice resting place on a...Read More

Australias Fire Tragedy

Like all Australians I am watching on in horror at the ongoing bushfire crisis across much of the Australian mainland. It is on my mind constantly and the sheer scale of the losses already inflicted and the potential of what’s to come – not just this summer but into the future – is actually frightening....Read More
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Tarkine drone photos

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am now the proud owner of a drone, and last year I spent a bit of time getting to know it and would like to share these Tarkine drone photos with you. It is fascinating getting to know the drone and the potential for new images it...Read More

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! Best wishes for 2020. Here are some shots of the early (family friendly time of 9:30) fireworks last night from Bellerive, hence the bright sky. I was already asleep by midnight… For anyone playing along at home, my settings were: 6 second exposures at f16. ISO100. If this had been the...Read More

Tarkine rainforest and morning mist

I have been visiting the Tarkine since before moving to Tasmania way back in 2004, and have written many little blog posts about my travels there and the picture below to me represents something of a “full-circle” in terms of my own photography. This image is an aerial (drone) photo of the magnificent rainforest and...Read More
Tasmanian fungi Pleurotus purpureo-olivaceus

Fungi: Pleurotus purpureo-olivaceus

Over the past few yeas I have photographed many fungi in Tasmania and wanted to start being a little more thorough re ID-ing and recording them, so expect to see lots of random posts now and then as I try and sort through my fungi photos and present them in a somewhat useful manner! Most...Read More

Bay of Fires Night Shoot

Back in October I was the organiser for a group of US photographers for a 14 day trip around Tasmania. We criss-crossed the state enjoying sunrises, sunsets, ancient forests and all those stunning sights Tasmania is known for. Our last port of call was the Bay of Fires where as luck would have it we...Read More

Great Barrier Reef

Back in August, we took a week out of a cold and wet Hobart winter to visit the Great Barrier Reef! We spent our time exploring the Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation area and marveled at some sights that almost made me think – is this wonderland still actually Australia? 🙂 We joined a Quicksilver...Read More

Tasmania A Photographic Journey

Just a reminder that my book, “Tasmania: A Photographic Journey” is still available and may be just the perfect Christmas gift you are looking for! The cost is $49.95 (plus $10 postage). Postage becomes $7.50 per book when purchasing more than one copy. To order see below: Paypal Invoice If you don’t require postage, don’t...Read More

Fungi in…spring?

I am a big fan of photographing Tasmania’s wonderful fungi and as everyone knows, fungi = autumn, right? Well, as it turns out, fungi = anytime really…     On a recent trip around Tasmania I found a few fungi species including a beautiful pink one I don’t seem to have noticed before, and another...Read More
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Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

On a recent visit to the Styx Valley big tree reserve I noticed a few changes afoot… It seems almost all of the viewing infrastructure has been taken out. The walking track is still there but the sloped wall you could lie back on to look up at the forest giants is gone. As is...Read More