15 49.0138 8.38624 1 1 5000 1 https://www.lukeobrien.com.au 300 true

Day Walks in Tasmania’s South West: Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner is a very satisfying day walk in Tasmania’s South West. The South West National Park is so vast it is often difficult to know where to go for a short but satisfying day walk, but Lake Skinner and Mt Snowy South is definitely a good one. Access is through the forestry roads near...Read More

From the Vaults II: Wylds Craig

Following on from my earlier “From the Vault” post, here is a “historic” selection of photos from one of my first overnight bushwalks in Tasmania – Wylds Craig in the Florentine Valley. Again this was in the pre-digital days, and on this trip I had a roll of Fuji Velvia in the trusty ol’ Pentax MZ50. After a relatively...Read More

Fukushima Memorial March 8, 2012 – Hobart

Today in Hobart Greens Alderman Bill Harvey organised a gathering in rememberence of the triple disaster in Japan which occurred one year ago Sunday. The gathering started with a minutes silence for the victims of the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, 2011; and for the nuclear crisis which continued for basically the whole of 2011...Read More

Photography at Hobart’s Mt Wellington

Mt Wellington is the 1270 metre high peak that overlooks Hobart. It is unmissable as you drive into Hobart from any direction – just look out for the giant TV tower on the top! Situated to Hobart’s west, Mt Wellington is a great subject for sunsets as the dark silhouette of the mountain is framed by a fiery sky....Read More

Boobook Owl: Raptor Refuge

Here are some recent shots of the Boobook Owl, from the Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania Inc. The Raptor Refuge is a volunteer run centre for rehabilitating injured raptors. These birds are often brought to the Refuge after being hit by cars, flying into power lines or even intentionally injured. Craig and the volunteers at the Refuge nurse them...Read More

Macro Photography – Tasmania’s Alpine Plants

Some macro shots of the alpine plants encountered on our recent visit to Mt Field East. The bright sunny conditions weren’t necessarilly the best for wide landscape photos, so most of what I did was macro and abstract photography. Often these shots involved shading the subject from the harsh sun with an umbrella. Sometimes I think...Read More

Bushwalking in Tasmania – Mt Field East

Summer means bushwalking in Tasmania – with big ol’ blue skies and nice warm weather. The other day we took advantage of some stellar February weather and trundled off to Mt Field East. Mt Field East again is a dolerite mountain, although the tall columns of rock have long since collapsed and the mountain is...Read More

Japan Earthquakes 2011 Animated Graphic

I found this fascinating animated graphic which shows the date and the magnitude of each and every earthquake that was felt across Japan last year. It’s all fairly unremarkable right up until around March 9 when a few big ones hit off the north east coast, and then the big one hits on March 11 which triggers the massive tsunami and thousands...Read More

Life in the Cushion Plants

Summer in the mountains is flower time. Most Tasmanian flowers are small enough as it is, but the flowers that bloom on the cushion plants are very small indeed. Cushion plants, for those who aren’t familiar with them, are a very rigid plant that grows on the ground in bright green round clumps. It is an...Read More

Seascape Photography at Tessellated Pavements, Eaglehawk Neck

The Tessellated Pavements at Eaglehawk Neck is a great location to work on your seascape photography. It’s orientation to the east makes it great for sunrise photos, and the lines, cracks and rocks all along the foreshore are a photographer’s dream come true for making interesting and unique compositions. For me sunrise photography is more...Read More

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...Read More