15 49.0138 8.38624 1 1 5000 1 https://www.lukeobrien.com.au 300 true
styx valley tolkien grove

Styx Valley Tolkien Track

Despite being a relatively regular visitor to the Styx, it is ages since I visited the Tolkien Track so I decided to rectify that recently to reacquaint myself with some of the giant trees in the area. For those who don’t know, the Tolkien Grove was the site of a major forest protest back in...Read More

The Off Season

Looking for something unique to do in Tasmania during The Off Season? My private three day photography workshops can be booked during “new moon” for an extra special photographic experience. During winter and spring 2021, the first two weeks of the month are new moon and therefore best in terms of long, dark nights. In...Read More

Fossil Island

I took advantage of stunning clear skies last week to shoot the stars above Eaglehawk Neck. At dusk I visited Fossil Island near the Tasman Arch, and caught some nice pink in the eastern sky as the waves crashed around me. Very atmospheric 🙂 Visiting Fossil Island requires wading across from the car park –...Read More
Remarkable Cave Tasman Peninsula

Remarkable Cave

The Remarkable Cave is one of the many fascinating geological highlights on the Tasman Peninsula. Located at the Maignon Bay Lookout, it is a very short walk to view the cave, which on exactly the right angle looks a lot like the map of Tasmania! The sign in the car park says 15 mins but...Read More
Dark Mofo Paint the Town Red fireworks Hobart

Paint the Town Red

Every year as part of Dark Mofo “paint the town red” echoes across Hobart with buildings and landmarks such as the Tasman Bridge lit in red through the winter solstice. Last night, with this years event drawing to a close, I photographed the Tasman Bridge with clear skies and the Spectra beam in the background....Read More

Wombat Rescue Tasmania

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Joy from Wombat Rescue Tasmania. She is doing an amazing job to care for these well loved critters, who sadly are facing many difficulties – most notably mange and roadkill. I was up in Miena presenting a photography workshop and the wombats stole...Read More
Mycena interrupta Tasmanian fungi

The fungi hunting blues

The autumn blues are upon me. The summer is long gone. The days are cold and the nights are long. And I got the blues. The fungi hunting blues. The lying in the dirt, flicking off leeches, convoluted tripod gymnastics, autumn in Tasmania fungi hunting blues… By blues I mean of course, Mycena interrupta. Every...Read More
Sunrise and mist at Cradle Mountain

Sunrise Ronny Creek

I think its fair to say I have shot more than my fair share of sunrises down at Dove Lake over the years, so on a recent trip I stayed back at Ronny Creek and caught some very nice dawn light and mist over Crater Lake and Marions Lookout from Waldheim. It was a wonderful...Read More
tarkine que rainforest logging tasmania

Logging and the Election

At the risk of sounding political – well, there is an election this weekend here in Tasmania – I am sharing these photos of magnificent rainforest in the Tarkine. This particular area, along the Que River, contains massive old myrtle trees, giant ferns and fabulous fungi. There is no question of the forests age, beauty...Read More

Miena Cider Gums

I have spent a bit of time up at the Great Lake in Tasmania’s Central Highlands over past few weeks with the newly minted Highland Shutterbugs photography group. During my last visit we were granted access to one of the properties that contain the rare Miena Cider Gums, most of which sadly are now dead...Read More

Ghost Mushroom Paradise

Wowsers. What a sight. Ghosts – everywhere. Who you gonna call? Well to be honest, I called one of the fine folk in charge of the Tasmanian Fungi facebook group to find out where these beauties were and was rather surprised to be personally guided to the site! It was amazing. I packed a tent...Read More