Australian seascape and landscape photography

bush walking

The traditional Aussie outdoor dunny.

Image taken at Walhalla fire station, Victoria, Australia.

What more can one say, … a picture says a thousand words.

I used a telephoto lens so I didn’t have to get too close to this one.

Title – Time Machine.


Two bridges with character.

Here’s two bridges with character.         Both images were taken using HDR techniques to enhance the details on the wooden surfaces of the bridges.        The images were then converted to a weak sepia to enhance their character and lift them out of their surroundings.

Noojee Trestle Bridge, Victoria, Australia –

Don River Bridge at Panton Gap, Victoria, Australia.


Wet bum at the Toorongo Falls, Yarra Ranges National Park, Victoria, Australia.

The Toorongo Falls, in the Yarra Ranges National park, offers an excellent opportunity for those photographers who like to capture fast moving water over mossy green rocks.    The dense foliage overhead provides low light conditions well suited to long exposures, giving that silky smooth appearance to the flowing water.   Of course a tripod or beanbag is mandatory to stabilize the camera under these conditions.

The fun starts while trying to negotiate your way across the slippery logs and rocks to find the best vantage point for a shot.   My advice for the serious tog would be to take along a spare pair of pants, or even better, a pair of fisherman’s waders.   Both my friend and myself ended up with wet bums from unexpected sittings. Luckily my unreasonable fear of leeches remained under control.   😉

I’m definitely going to return to this site again in the future to explore it in more detail.    The following three images from the Toorongo Falls area are available as prints from my Redbubble site at –

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Title – Shivers of the Green.

Title – She ran.

Title – Toorongo Torrent.


Shiprock Falls in Gembrook

Shiprock Falls is one of those poorly signposted gems that you could quite easily drive past if you weren’t looking for it.

Unfortunately the pedestrian track leading down to the falls has been blocked by a strategically placed viewing platform. To get the best experience and the best shots here you need to climb around the outside of the platform and trek down the hill to the flowing water. Here you can immerse yourself in the total experience of the falls, ….the sounds, the smells, the chill of the water.

For the more adventurous you can climb the rocks and scattered trunks around the flowing water to reach the top where it appears that the water is coming out of a slot in the rocks. Great experience and a wonderful view of the surrounding bush from the top.

A special thanks to Di Jenkins for introducing me to this place.

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A trip to the Bunyip state park.

Last week I visited the Bunyip state park, located east of Melbourne near Gembrook. The park currently has two apparent roles, one is conservation and the other is recreation. Unfortunately the recreational activities allowed include trail bike and 4WD “bush bashing”.

I recognize that bush bashers need somewhere to go, and I support the idea of providing bushland areas for this sort of recreational use, but it really spoils the bush walk experience when you can hear the drone of trail bike motors in the background for much of the time.

Anyhow, ….now that’s off my chest. My intention was to do a bit of bush walking and hopefully find something photographically interesting along the way. As it turned out there wasn’t a lot to photographically inspire me in that particular section of the park. It’s a beautiful example of typical Victorian bushland, but just not inspiring.

I took this photo along the way. I call it the “Medusa tree” because when I was there it was lit very harshly by the afternoon sun causing great contrast between the lit and shaded areas. The branches snaked out in all directions and reminded me of the classical Medusa head with snakes attached. Hmmmmm, ……maybe it was the hot sun baking my brain, ……but that’s how it seemed at the time. 😉

Medusa tree

On the way back home from the Bunyip state park I passed through the Gembrook area and came upon a beautiful farmed valley with a creek flowing it. Here’s a piece of it now.

Gembrook valley

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Shhhhhh, ….you can hear the forest breathing!

Sherbrooke forest

Sherbrooke forest is a protected area of bushland located in mountains on the outskirts of Melbourne. It’s an area of fairly thick bush with a series of meandering walking tracks for visitors to enjoy.

The best way to explore the forest tracks is ideally alone, …. and as quietly as possible. Many of the forest’s resident animals are nocturnal but there’s still lots to see and hear during the day if you just stay still and quiet for long enough. You can forget about seeing anything much at all if you travel the tracks in a chatty group because the animals will freeze and wait for the noise to pass.

When I visited Sherbrooke forest it was a stinking hot day. I’m sure glad I packed a water bottle into that camera bag. The pedestrian traffic along the track was fairly light, probably due to the heat of the day, and this allowed me to stop several times along the track, undisturbed.

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In this forest the animals are not tame but are somewhat conditioned to the presence of human visitors. If you stay still and silent for a couple of minutes, the animals seem to relax and carry on with their usual business. You start to hear the rustle of dried leaves as the animals move around on the forest floor and if you continue to stay quiet you can sometimes catch a glimpse of one of the wild residents.

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On the day I visited Sherbrooke forest I was able to catch glimpses of wild kangaroos or wallabies and also a wandering echidna. I must admit though, that when I stepped off the track to photograph something of interest, I was very aware that this is also “snake country” and so I was careful to check where my feet were landing.

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These photos were taken using a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at an aperture of about F11 to give a deep depth of field (DOF). If you would like to see a higher resolution version of any of these photos then please go to – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimworrall/ The images are marked with the tag “Sherbrooke forest”.

If you have any questions you can contact me at – jim.worrall@gmail.com

Update – High resolution versions of the photos above are available as prints at –
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