One with amazing clouds.
A friend asked me if I wanted to go in and do some photos around Docklands last week. She loves night photography, and while I don’t mind it, I wouldn’t say I love it. Still it was a lovely night and not too cold. It is an interesting place to take photos. The most interesting architecture being built in Melbourne is mostly down there. It is a good place to look if you like architecture.
One of the main reasons I wanted to come to the east coast of Tasmania was to photograph a tree on a rock, seriously. There is a tree that grows from a rock in Binalong Bay and I’m sure it has been photographed thousands of times, but it didn’t matter, I still wanted to do.
The city of Melbourne is one of my favourite places to photograph. Though I am always trying to find new ways to do it, sometimes, I just you just have to go with it and see what I can get. I am understanding more and more what I want to do with my work, what I want to show.
Recently I had a day out at Trentham. It is a small town, but very nice and very quiet, almost laid back. It is close to another town Daylesford, which has a reputation for spas and relaxation. While Trentham isn’t quite the same it is still a lovely town and very relaxing as well.
The main reason we went was for Trentham Falls. It is quite amazing and is Victoria’s largest single drop waterfall.
Photographing waterfalls in bright sunlight is a nightmare and that is pretty much all we got. It was a bit annoying. Why are there never clouds when you want them? This waterfall has been photographed so much lately, I am almost sick of seeing it.
We headed into town for lunch after the waterfall. It is a quiet town and if you go during the week there are many places that will be closed.
After lunch we headed to the old train station.
We then headed back into town and saw this.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel, really is a throw bad to the past. We don’t see many pubs like this anymore. I mean check this out.
I’m sure the stables aren’t really for horses anymore, but who would’ve thought?
It is such a pretty town and one that is great to visit. It is a very popular place on the weekends as it is only a couple of hours from the city. It is very easy to go there for the day. There is a bakery that makes great bread, but there is always a long queue, so get there early.
I have some more photos of the train station and the hotel for you to look at now. We did photograph some other places, but I think these are enough for today. I hope your weekend is going well.
This weeks weekend wanderings was hard to name. After being to a few places I didn’t know what to call it. There and back again came to mind, then again from one place to another, but in the end settled on from here to there, which pretty much described the day. I went out with a friend and first we went to a waterfall, then to a viaduct railway bridge and finally to an old railway bridge that is no longer used. None of the places were new to use, but they were all so different to previous visits.
I’ve been to this waterfall many times. I’ve been when I thought the flow was good, then again a few months back when it was terrible. We have had a lot of rain recently so when Chris Wilson suggested going there it seemed like a good idea. We weren’t disappointed with the flow, that’s for sure.
It was disappointing with the sun beating down on it directly. Though the weather turned almost straight away after we left, maybe we should have hung around for another half an hour.
The last time Chris and I had been there it was a beautiful winters day. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, unfortunately. We had both wanted to find the viaduct railway bridge and do some long exposures, but with no clouds, there was no point. It was a bit disappointing, still we did get some nice photos of the bridge reflected in the water.
This time as we got closer to Malmsbury the clouds rolled in and kept rolling in. There were so many clouds and it was so overcast that long exposures were out of the question again. If the sky is full of clouds and not much blue long exposures can look just white, almost pointless. I did try a couple, but they really didn’t work. Still the clouds were great and I enjoyed the moodiness they created in the images.
After the bridge we went into the park there. There were some geese running around there. I do love geese. I think they are great fun. I tried to get photos and wanted to see how close they would let me get.
After the park we went to the bakery and had a quick lunch before heading to our next stop.
Cairn Curran Reservoir
The last place we went to was the Cairn Curran Reservoir near Newstead. We went there last year and visited this old disused railway bridge, that most of last century was under water. When we went that time the area around it was all mud and we couldn’t get close the river or we sank in the mud.
This time we had thought it would be much the same, but were shocked to find that it was completely overgrown with vegetation and we could get very close to the river. The ground was hard enough to walk on.
The photos were so different to last time.
It is amazing how much a place can change from year to year. It is always worth going back to see what has changed and what photographs you can get. In all three places we got something completely different to previous visits. I hope you go back to previous places to see how much they have changed.
We listened to the sound of rain all night and as we woke up this morning. We decided that there wasn’t much point getting up early to take photos and almost decided that today would be a rest day. Then we thought, let’s go and get some coffee, but the rain stopped, so we headed out. We had a quick stop at the Coffee Shack here in Strahan to get a coffee and got some great tips from the lady that works there. Oh yeah, the coffee was good, and we will be going back tomorrow morning.
We ended up getting about 4 hours to take photos, which was good, we had missed lunch and when we started thinking about food the sky started getting darker and darker. We stopped to get some lunch and the rain started and hasn’t stopped.
We did wake up to the news that Tasmania was flooding and it took us a while before we found out that we were okay. Hopefully it won’t effect us too much.
We took photos all around the harbour here in Strahan and also went for a drive to Macquarie Heads, then to the beach. I will put explanations on the photos for you.
I will leave it there, I hope you enjoy the photos.
This is going to be brief, I have had a very big day on not much sleep from last night, but I wanted to share with you some of the photos and to let you know I arrived.
We caught the Spirit of Tasmania last night and drove the car onto it. Interesting way to travel, on a ship. Sleeping was also different, the constant rocking and rolling. I liked it, but I didn’t really get much sleep.
This was us mucking around as we waited to drive on the ship with the car.
Having the car is fantastic, and gives us so much more freedom. At this time of the year it was much cheaper to put the car on the ship than to fly and hire a car.
We stopped at a a few places along the way, like Mt Roland that had a head of clouds on it.
Not everything was as we wanted, but it was a great day. Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake were on the list of things to do today and we were not disappointed.
The sky has been very overcast and we got lots of clouds on the mountains. We did the circuit walk around Dove Lake and really enjoyed that, well most of it, except maybe the massive hill and steps near the beginning of the walk. If you ever go then I suggest doing the walk in the anti clockwise direction. Get the big hill over and done with at the start and then enjoy the rest of the walk.
Some lovely areas to take photos of.
We are now in Queenstown and looking forward to exploring around here tomorrow.
I am totally stuffed now, and while it was a good day I’m looking forward to some sleep tonight. Here is a gallery with the above images and a few more for you.