New book

With our authorial and bushwalking colleague Peter Hatherly, Windy Cliff Press has produced a new book that fills a huge gap in publications on the Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains: exploring landscapes shaped by the underlying rocks, uplift and erosion is a guide to the amazing landscapes of the Blue Mountains and the ongoing story of their formation. Peter, a geophysicist, has closely studied the uplifts that have helped form the mountains, and published ‘groundbreaking’ work that resolves some past uncertainties.

Across 204 pages and with numerous photos, maps and diagrams, we explain just about everything that happens ‘beneath the scenery’. A major part of the book is a ‘guided tour’ of the regions of the mountains, elucidating what you see from the lookouts, walking tracks and beyond. The book is a must for any walker, tourist, resident or visitor who wants to know more about this magnificent region.

You can buy the book here from about the end of May, or from all good bookshops in the Blue Mountains and some shops in Sydney.

TWS/ACF Landscape Calendar

A late post that one of my photos appears in The Wilderness Society’s 2022 Landscape Calendar. The image depicts a sandstone pagoda landscape on the edge of Newnes Plateau (Blue Mountains), which is still unprotected State Forest but proposed to be part of a Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area.

New wilderness book

Late in 2018 The Wilderness Society released a book that was ‘forty years in the making‘, Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s Protected Places.  To quote TWS: “This magnificent book showcases landscapes protected over 40 years of Wilderness Society campaigns. This includes Kakadu, Daintree, the Kimberley and, of course, Tasmania’s mighty Franklin River. Its pages tell the inspiring story of how people power can rescue the future.”  Hallelujah to that.  Its 180 pages, 30 cm x 30 cm and you can even buy a Special Edition with a ‘clam shell box’!

The book includes six of my images, and can be purchased here to help celebrate past wins and to support ongoing TWS campaigns for nature.

Australian Geographic and The Wilderness Society

One of my images has been lucky enough to again be selected as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. “Truncated” depicts a graceful Blue Mountains Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) on the escarpment at Mount Victoria, and was picked for the Botanical category. This competition gets tougher every year with an increasing number of entries, so its pleasing that one of my ‘humble trees’, from so close to home, got in the mix this time. You can see all the finalists here, and the exhibition opens at the Australian Museum (Sydney) and the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) on 24 August 2018.

‘Truncated’ – finalist in the Botanical category, 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

On another front, an image of mine from the Pilliga will appear in The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Landscape Calendar, in support of the campaign against gas extraction from this important natural area. Its not just the gas, but the damage to underground water and the dismemberment of the landscape with hundreds of wells and hundreds of kilometres of roads that is at stake. You can read about the campaign here.

Sandstone outcrop, Timallallie National Park, Pilliga

ACF Diary 2019

Three of my images were selected for the Australian Conservation Foundation’s 2019 Diary….look out for it later in the year. I enjoy my photos being used to promote and support efforts to protect nature in Australia.

Rockfall, West MacDonnell National Park (to appear in the 2019 ACF Diary)

ACF Diary and TWS Calendar 2018

I was again delighted to have some of my images selected for these publications. Every year The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation collaborate to put out a diary and a calendar to promote the values and importance of Australia’s wild places and wildlife. I’ve been contributing for many years and this time they selected 2 images for the calendar and 5 for the diary. This news is a bit late and I guess they’re not available any more…look out for the 2019 editions around October.

Seeping waterfall, West MacDonnell National Park, NT (from 2018 ACF Diary)

Cape Flattery dunefield, Cape York Peninsula, Qld (from 2018 ACF Diary)

2018 Wild Blue Mountains CALENDAR

Next year’s calendar has landed.  After the 2017 edition won a Diemen Award, I’m happy to say that the high quality of printing has been maintained.  The cover of the 2018 edition features a dramatic morning scene in the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness, and other images range through The Valley of the Waters (Wentworth Falls), Bindook Highlands, Grose Valley, Wollemi National Park, Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area (Capertee Valley) and the Gardens of Stone Two reserve proposal.  I’m particularly pleased with the title page image of a Pacific Black Duck preening on Glenbrook Lagoon.

The calendar can be purchased direct from this website (see Publications) for $35 plus postage, with discounts for 3 or more copies, and from the usual retail outlets in the Blue Mountains.

Cover 2018 calendar sRGB

Back cover 2018 calendar sRGB

ACF / TWS Diary 2017

2017 is a bumper year for my involvement with the Australian Conservation Foundation / The Wilderness Society Diary, an annual showcase of natural Australia.  I’ve been contributing images since 1987 and have only missed selection in 4 editions.  For 2017, I’m excited that 7 of my images were chosen to be included, the most ever.  The diary can be purchased here:

or here (with a different cover):

Pine trunks in gorge light

Cypress pines in gorge light, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, South Australia

Calendar wins print award

The 2017 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar has won a Diemen Award for Best Calendar.  Our printers Mercury Walch submitted the calendar for the Diemens – a new award scheme for the Tasmanian print, digital, design and TV industries.  Its nice to get some industry and peer recognition that our printing is top quality – and that presumably the photography and design are up to scratch too!


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