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The Blue Lake…

by on Feb.03, 2016, under Life, Photography

On of the most notable things about the city of Mount Gambier is that it is located on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Even more remarkable is the the Blue Lake – a large monomictic crater lake located in the volcanic maar associated with the Mount Gambier maar complex. During December to March, the lake turns to a vibrant sapphire cobalt blue colour, returning to a colder steel grey colour for April to November.

We all decided to drive into town near sunset so that we could do the 3.5km rim walk around the top of the crater in the cooler evening rather than in the heat of the day.

Lake in Blue

Lake in Blue

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/160 sec at f/6.3, ISO 900

I of course took the camera and just the 28-300mm lens and shot some handheld images as we went around :).

The panorama below is the view from the southern side looking north across the blue lake with the main part of the city of Mount Gambier behind. The eight (8) vertical frames for this pano were taken handheld at 85mm so I was pretty happy it stitched :).

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5, ISO 1800

Note: These images (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.

When everyone finally got back to the starting point there’s a spot with all sorts of gym and exercise equipment setup in the park. Of course my crazy family indulged in the twilight :).

Twilight Gym

Twilight Gym

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 100 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 4500

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