Tasmanianewsletter 10 - May 2010    

Profile of Australian Landscape Photographer R a Stanley

Persistence -noun- to persevere in the face of adversity. A familiar word to many landscape photographers and one that's uttered frequently when recounting visits to Tasmania.

'Fine one day, rotten the next', advice I was given on the ferry. So with that in mind I left Devonport in glorious sunshine only to arrive an hour later at Cradle Mountain in high winds and driving rain.

There's only one thing for it when the weather is against you, and that's to dress for the conditions and enjoy. And I have to say that Cradle Mountain has to be one of the finest National Parks in the whole of Australia. Icy streams cascade through ancient rainforest blending with buttongrass and alpine heathland to provide the perfect setting for the rugged peaks of the park.

Finally, on my fifth early morning vigil, my persistence paid off. A perfectly calm morning to capture the reflections of Cradle Mountain in the beautiful Lake Dove.

Thankfully, as you move away from Tasmania's uplands the weather becomes a little kinder.

The world renowned Wineglass Bay has been on my list of must visit locations for some time now and it didn't disappoint. A perfect day made the arduous ascent of Mount Amos even more rewarding than I'd anticipated. The views stretching far over the Freycinet Peninsula were outstanding. A fitting reward for those few who made the perilous trek that day.

Next we headed to the more remote north east coast and the dramatic coastline of the Bay of Fires. Eddystone Point Lighthouse and the beach at Picnic Rocks were definitely the highlight. I managed to catch this image at dusk, just as the lighthouse was starting its nightly vigil and a local fishing boat had taken shelter for the night.

No visit to Tasmania would be complete without a visit to the diminishing Tarkine. This wilderness has been under threat from logging activities for quite some time now, so visiting this ancient world is an education in itself, especially for our youngsters. The giant eucalyptus trees tower above the moss covered interior, and vivid coloured fungi seem to grow from every nook and cranny. It would be a great shame to see the place disappear.

It was with great reluctance that we boarded The Spirit Of Tasmania for the journey back to Melbourne. Then again, the 8 hour crossing gave me plenty of time to dream up locations for my next shoot.


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