It was a lovely spring day here in Tasmania today and we took our camper out for a run. Tarkine wilderness again, but this time not the coast. Still wonderful geology in the limestone karst formations and the most magnificent reflections in the water at Trowutta Arch. Along the way fungi, ferns, mosses, lichen and liverworts below a canopy which let streams of light through.
Along the temperate rainforest track. So many man ferns (Dicksonia Antartica)
And “fairyland” magic in the micro world
Then at the end of the walk we were rewarded with amazing reflections and limestone formations.
I love my island home, TASMANIA. I know it’s tops so really did not need to be told it is in the world’s 5 top islands but, I must say, it feels good to have it acknowledged by a top US magazine. Thanks, US Travel and Leisure, for confirming we have a real treasure here.
………….”Tasmania’s stunning landscape and wildlife have seen it voted into the world’s top ten islands – but it’s not the only one in Australia on the list
Tasmania has been named fourth in the world’s top-five islands by US-based Travel and Leisure magazine
Voters cited Tasmania’s fresh air, stunning landscapes, quirky fauna and good food among the state’s treasures
Almost 1.6 million people visited Tasmania between 2013 and 2014 – nearly double the population of the state
Tourism attractions include the vibrant capital Hobart, the stunning Bay of Fires and historic Port Arthur jail
The Apple Isle was left off a map of Australia featuring on the Commonwealth Games uniform earlier this year”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3153646/Tasmania-s-stunning-landscape-wildlife-seen-voted-world-s-ten-islands-s-not-one-Australia-list.html#ixzz3gKPKHEib
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Here are some of my photos. from the North/ North West of the state… basic camera and I am an ameteur photographer but here in Tas anyone can take an OK pics. So many opportunities
sthe photo of Fagus at Cradle Mt was taken by my husband, Keith Antonysen. (sorry, no tripod for the sunset at Turners Beach}. Apart from Keith’s and my waterfall one at Cradle Mt, these are not of Tassie’s iconic tourist locations…. but photography and painting opportunities are everywhere. The last one is even taken out of the window of the moving car … highway view.
I can’t get too much of this place. The weather is so changeable, the play of light fantastic. And the colours!!!! Lichen in reds, yellows, oranges, green and white. Twisted tree trunks and mounds of green vegetation crouching in the wind. Energetic deep blue seas decorated with brilliant white foam. And skies full of light then hidden by threatening clouds. A photographer’s delight.
So a little time on Photoshop…. which I had not used since getting this Apple Mac as my PS5 was for PC. Now with PS6 for Mac OS for my birthday (thanks Keith), I can start to enjoy playing with my photos again. For this oneI removed the branch using my old faithful clone stamp then lightened a little around the eye area and beak with dodge/burn tool. I did try lightening with levels but of course lost detail in the feathers which I did not like. May do a painting of this little chap as I have been enjoying doing paintings of birds lately. He’s sweet even if just a common garden variety.
The temperature only reached 11 degrees C today but the sunshine was lovely. Late this afternoon a flock of birds decided to “sunbake” on our nectarine tree. With their feathers fluffed they looked much larger than our little summer sparrows. With no leaves on the tree it was easier to focus on one of them but I may edit with Photoshop to remove the branch next to the beak. It was good that the sun was shining from behind me so the eye shows clearly. Often when I photograph birds here they are in a position where they are silhouetted and the eye is not visible
After posting some old photos of fly agaric I had to go out this weekend for more pics. Browsing on the internet I came across Wynchwood Gardens at Mole Creek. So there we went, armed with cameras, to enjoy the colours of autumn.
I love photographing birds but it is a challenge even if you do have all the “right” gear such as long telephoto lenses. But even though I only used a Fuji HS 10 I am happy with this image of the white faced heron taken while on our recent holiday at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. It is not just the bird but the almost abstract look of the sea behind with its strong contrasting colour which I find pleasing.
With the lens extended to maximum I used the rail along the boardwalk as a resting spot for the camera as I had not carried a tripod and holding the camera steady enough for sharp focus at 30x optical zoom is difficult. If you can cope with the slow processing times the Fuji HS 10 is great and as my physical ability to carry all my lovely Canon DSLR gear diminishes, I am resorting more to the portability of this little digital camera. It even has a manual focus ring like a true SLR for those times when you prefer not to use auto focus.
I have posted this photo on my facebook page but thought I would post here too for those people who follow my blog but are not connected on fb. I am a keen amateur photographer, often using my images as support or stimulus for paintings. But I also love photography as an art medium in its own right…. sometimes creative and sometimes, as in this shot, simply to record the beauty of the natural world. This New Holland Honeyeater is an Australian Native bird. They are very energetic and flit quickly through the mass of branches and blooms of this beautifully flowering Japonica. This photo was taken from our dining room.