Thursday, September 29, 2016

Clunes Falls

As you all know I am a huge waterfall fan, and on Thursday I had the opportunity to add another waterfall to my local collection. A few years ago I was told about one just north of Clunes ..... I've been waiting this long to capture it as it only flows after very heavy rain. The main fall is well over 10 metres and there are some really nice lower cascades adding to the whole picture. The second image here gives you an idea of the lovely setting for this waterfall...looking down into a lovely gorge that makes its way to the Tullaroop Creek. 
Many thanks to Stephen for allowing me access....the image he showed me from a few weeks ago had a huge amount of water flowing....hopefully I may still get a chance to see it flowing like that if we can get the forecast rain. 
I have another waterfall I'm hoping to get to next week that only flows after heavy rain.......I'm sure there are more out there so please let me know if you know of any hidden gems in the district.

.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Getting Back to Normal

My first full day back home on Wednesday gave me a range of images, starting with a nice sunrise at Lake Wendouree and a chance to get airborne again, and then this image of what may well be the first new set of cygnets this year.
Later in the day I re-visited Peerewur Falls at a friends place out at Bungaree where the water level is twice what it was just a few weeks ago. Well worth clicking on this for a larger look, too!
You are going to be seeing plenty of water in the next few weeks as I re-visit all my favourite spots to capture what has now become, after last nights rainfall, the wettest September on record.


.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I'm Back.......

I'm back in Ballarat after another great successful USA trip. 
I thought I would start this post with a couple of images from the trip. The first image here is from what may be a new all-time favourite waterfall that we visited - the 198 feet Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington. Just a State Park, this location far exceeded anything I was expecting after seeing many images online for years. An incredible landscape of granite split by the Palouse River, a spot I would love to spend 12 months exploring. 
The second image is from Glacier National Park in Montana where I spent an evening playing around on the Lower MacDonald River...another great location that would be worth many visits. 
Locally, knowing the amount of rain we have had locally whilst I was away, and plenty more to come over the next few days, I was keen to have a look around and made a trip to the East Moorabool River near Ballan where I was shocked to find that the waterfall I was planning to capture in full flow was actually totally submerged! So I had to settle for a couple of cascades on the river. I think it will be quite some time before the water level drops at this spot, and should make for some interesting images as we head into summer.



.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mt Rainier Glory

I'm sitting here in Los Angeles waiting to board the flight home to Australia after another great trip. One last image to share before I get home as a follow up to my last post from Mt Rainier. As noted in that post, we didn't get to see the mountain that first couple of days, however on our last day when we drove in to the park we were treated to a magnificent view of this 14,000 foot mountain in all its glory. We got to do a very nice hike as well this day which offered some fantastic views of the mountain. 
Our last full day was spent with friends in Los Angeles in temperatures close to 100 (38) as the famed Santa Ana winds blew into the city. Not expecting this sort of heat when we get back to Ballarat!
.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mt Rainier Moods

With just a couple of days left before we head home, our last major port of call has been Mt Rainier National Park in Washington. We were last here 7 years ago, and this time it delivered seem fantastic atmospheric conditions. These 3 images start with our first end of day when some incredible stormy skies kept me busy...the blues here are quite amazing! Shortly after this the fog came in really heavy and all looked lost for a sunrise of any note. Nevertheless I was up early on the banks of Reflection Lake for what turned into the best sunrise of the trip...and one of the best of all our trips. Once again the weather turned quickly into a very wet day, with a touch of snow. However these conditions produced some great images as we drove through the park. I have many more to go through, and we do have another day in the park tomorrow before flying from Seattle down to Los Angeles for one last day and night before flying home....and planning the next trip!


.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Still Number One

We have just spent 2 days camping in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and once again this park confirms its ranking as my No. 1 USA National Park...and that's after five visits!
A couple of images from the amazing Midway Geyser Basin that is one of the most amazing places on this earth...it's always a thrill to experience the power of this place.
As always on this trip I'm running out of time to get a couple of images posted...however, i do have some of the most amazing erupting geyser images I'll get to very soon...like I said our 5th visit, and still getting incredible images!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Wild Wild West

On Friday we arrived in Cody, Wyoming for another book signing at the local "Legends" bookstore. And the local radio station turned up to interview me...all very flattering! Cody is famous for its connection to Buffalo Bill, and the whole town is well known for its western feel. The signing went really well, and afterwards we had a chance to go for a hike along the Shosone River canyon, just a few miles out of town. One of the amazing things about the USA is the incredible landscapes you find in between the National Parks...and this is one of them. On the way back to the car we came across this rattle snake catching some late afternoon sun.... yes, I kept well back!
Today we head into Yellowstone National Park for 2 days camping and we have been told the bears are quite visible at the moment...we have our bear spray ready to go!

.