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Be the Light for the Wild…

by on May.25, 2016, under Life, Photography

A little sneak peek at Be the Light for the Wild as part of Vivid Sydney this year at Taronga Zoo…

Echidna

Echidna - Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm, 1/5 sec at f/8, ISO 100

I was lucky enough to get to check out a special preview night of Be the Light for the Wild created by the awesome Ample Projects team and hosted by centenary presenting partner ANZ Australia. My youngest daughter and I had a fabulous time exploring the Zoo at night visiting these marvellous light creations.

Taronga Zoo’s traditional animals of the wild play host to an additional cast of creatures including an echidna, chameleon, crocodile, cicadas and even a funnel-web spider, along with thousands of smaller lanterns made by NSW school students as part of the Zoo’s Centenary celebrations.

Be the Light for the Wild

Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8

Be the Light for the Wild features ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra, ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the brightly coloured Corroboree frogs, species that Taronga is committed to protecting. With interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts, these giant light sculptures are among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns ever to feature in Vivid.

The quality of the light installations was fantastic, in particular my daughter and I loved the Echidna pictured up top. But there were so many other highlights including the giant funnel-web spider, the saltwater crocodile and the voice activated cicada’s :).

If you have the opportunity this Vivid to make your way over and in to Taronga Zoo it is well worth the visit to check out Be the Light for the Wild. Or if you’d like to donate to help Taronga conserve ten critical species then you can donate at http://taronga.org.au/legacy.

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open each night 27 May – 18 Jun from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, with last entry at 9pm.

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Snag Island…

by on May.25, 2016, under Life, Photography

Heading south on our inexorable journey towards Perth we were briefly stopping in the little coastal town of Leeman. The townsite was originally named Snag Island after a rocky island a small distance off-shore from the town.

Leeman

Leeman

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

We were only stopping briefly for morning tea and then we’d be off further south towards a location I’d been looking forward to shooting for sometime – the famous Pinnacles of Cervantes.

Snag Island

Snag Island

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 400

Snag Island Pier

Snag Island Pier

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 220

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The Leaning Tree…

by on May.24, 2016, under Life, Photography

The Greenough Leaning Trees are scattered throughout the Shire of Greenough approximately four hours north of Perth.

Driving along the Brand Highway these leaning tree’s dot the landscape, they appear to be growing perfectly well… just sideways!

The Leaning Tree

The Leaning Tree

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 360

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This bizarre natural phenomenon is caused by the airborne salt content blown in with the winds off the Indian Ocean. The tree trunks lie horizontal to the ground and have become somewhat of an icon for the area.

Most of the trees are out in private property but you can see many of them as you drive south along the Brand Highway. There’s even a tourist spot dedicated to stopping and viewing this leaning tree right next to the highway.

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Pink Lake…

by on May.22, 2016, under Life, Photography

Heading further south we were on our way towards Port Gregory on the coast and it’s famous pink lake.

Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef. However it was the lake (Hutt Lagoon) which draws us here. Like many of its kind in Western Australia, its hue is created by bacteria, which becomes trapped in the salt granules.

Frosty Pink

Frosty Pink

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 190 mm, 1/200 sec at f/11, ISO 400

My daughter and I knew beforehand that we’d be seeing a “pink lake” but I don’t think we quite fathomed just how large a body of water it would be (it took quite some time to drive around and back up to Port Gregory) and just how colourful it was going to be.

Interestingly my parents said it wasn’t very pink this time around. They reckon they’ve seen the colour much stronger on previous trips. Perhaps it was the time of year or the weather, who knows. Looked pretty damn good to my daughter and I :).

The Pink Lake

The Pink Lake

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68 mm, 1/80 sec at f/10, ISO 125

Hutt Lagoon boasts a pink hue created by presence of carotenoid-producing algae Dunaliella salina, a source of ß-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A.

Riting

Riting

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 105 mm, 1/125 sec at f/10, ISO 220

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Island Rock…

by on May.21, 2016, under Life, Photography

Heading further south we visited Mushroom Rock (which frankly was a disappointment) and then on to Castle Cove, the Natural Arch and to Island Rock.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/11, ISO 180

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The public facilities here in Kalbarri National park are top notch. We were very surprised to find these very nice paths and lovely rest areas with amazing views over the coastline. This one quite close to Island Rock. There were also some similarly appointed toilets nearby which were equally impressive.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 220

Island Rock

Island Rock

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 72 mm, 1/80 sec at f/10, ISO 100

On our way out we also stopped at The Grandstand lookout before finally leaving Kalbarri National Park and heading south towards Port Gregory.

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