I’m collaborating with Len Metcalf and Mike Stacey to put on a new show of nature photographs at Blackheath in April. Atmospheres explores the more subtle aspects of the Blue Mountains, in fog and mist, as the weather changes and at the ends of the day. We hope that anyone who loves the mountains will enjoy this exhibition.
Atmospheres will be in the Gallery in the Park, Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (the national park centre), end of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. It will be launched by local conservationist and heritage consultant Joan Domicelj, at 2 pm on Saturday 6 April, and will run until 30 April (open every day, 9 am to 4.30 pm). Everyone is welcome!
In early January I went to Tasmania to take part in an annual ‘adventure volunteering’ project to remove invading weeds from the remote coastline of the Southwest wilderness. After seven years of the project, the results are looking very good. Our team of five walked about 50 km of coast about halfway between Macquarie Harbour and Port Davey and found (and removed) only 133 new sea spurge plants and 20 marram grass. There will always be new invasions because seeds travel by sea from big populations north of Macquarie Harbour, but the large infestations south of there are now largely beaten.
Very satisfying to be doing something practical for wilderness! The logic of ‘adventure volunteering’ is that people enjoy themselves between working, so I had time for photography. Alas, I could only carry a digital system for the nine-day walk due to the ruggedness of the terrain. I’m now processing the results and will upload some more Tasmania images as soon as I can.
We saw the big South West fire blow up to the south of us on 4 January – the same day of extreme temperatures and fierce winds that the Dunalley fire did so much damage (as we found out later). We had seen the lightning on 3 January. Massive pyrocumulus clouds were billowing up from over the horizon, so I knew it was bad. The fire now covers 49,000 ha of the World Heritage Area – the biggest fire in the South West since the 1930s.
As I write, the fire is still burning on both sides of the famed Western Arthur range – which could be threatened if it blows up again. We’re all hoping for rain, which is the only way it will end. With climate change, Tasmania’s amazing and unique rainforests and alpine vegetation are facing a potentially tragic future.
Before Christmas we spent a couple of days at Bouddi National Park, just north of Sydney. Its a wonderful haven in the midst of suburbia, and although photography wasn’t my reason for being there, I did find a few nice digital images. I love the coast and its always great to explore new environments.
I’m pleased to say that this year’s calendar has now SOLD OUT with all 500 copies gone. This is encouraging and means we’re very likely to proceed with a 2014 edition. Keep an eye on the website from late August 2013 to secure your copies.
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