Spring

The light is incredible in the late afternoons these days! There’s so much to see with spring in full swing! This little guy was right in front of me, but I’m embarrassed to say I almost missed him completely as I was so focused on what was beyond in the distance. God is so good and I’m continually amazed and humbled by how incredible his handiwork is!

Spring

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Australia’s Golden Outback

The Murchison in Australia’s Golden Outback is an area I’ve been itching to explore for awhile now, so it was awesome to finally get the chance to drive out this way – during the wildflower season too! It really is a rich and diverse area with so much to see and I found myself constantly stopping on the side of the road or switching lenses in the car to go chase something I’d spotted. I eventually made it out to Wooleen Station on sunset where a whole heap of other photographers (including Steve Fraser, one of Australia’s leading landscape photographers) were gathered for the weekend. The weather was perfect and I found my enthusiasm for photography return as I was blessed to see and shoot scenes like those below. Every time I explore more of this incredible country, I am more in awe of the One who created it all!

Flooded Billabong

Making Tracks

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Kaiate Falls, Tauranga

Just came back from an awesome 10 days spent driving around the North Island of New Zealand with a bunch of close mates! It was a sweet trip and this place was definitely one of the highlights for me – the beauty and power of these falls is something else and it was easy to spend a few hours just taking it all in!

Kaiate Falls, Tauranga

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Last Light

Spent three weeks down in Augusta recently and needless to say had an awesome time exploring new beaches and 4wd tracks and lots of surfing! This particular evening, we were driving back from an afternoon surf at Conto’s Beach when we passed this scene at 100 kph. Decided to do a quick u-turn to have a better look – turned out to be one of those moments where your in the right place at the right time!

Boranup Forest

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507 Steps of Pain

This image has a bit of a story behind it…

Decided to head out to the windfarm for my last sunset opportunity in Albany before heading home, but upon arriving quickly decided to change vantage point and head down to the beach below the windfarm, one called Sandpatch. After a bit of a slow start getting down to the beach (I remembered upon descending halfway down that I had left my phone on the roof of my car, bad habit!), I was only left with 10 minutes to capture the rapidly sinking sun in the cloudless sky. I love this beach for the sheer feeling of ruggedness and isolation it gives you, with the waves pounding the shoreline as you look both up and down the beach and see no one for miles. After the sun set, I made my way over to a rock shelf, and gingerly stepped out onto it careful to avoid the large sharp barnacles which grow on these rocks¬† (forgot my reef shoes, bad mistake!). As I got absorbed in what I was doing, one wave took me by surprise and swept me off my feet and as I struggled to regain my balance whilst keeping the tripod and camera in the air out of the water, I couldn’t help but step right onto a bunch of barnacles, slicing my feet to shreds. Lesson learnt! This shook me up a fair bit and with a fair bit of damage done to my feet, I called it a night and packed up my gear, knowing I had to climb a couple hundred steps to get back up to my car – 507 to be exact (I counted to take my mind off the pain)! Hence the title…

Sandpatch

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Overshadowed

I couldn’t help but think as I watched the sun set, despite the impressive output of Albany’s windfarm which powers over 80% of the towns energy needs, how much it is overshadowed by the Sun, which powers all life on Earth – pretty amazing creator we have! Can’t wait to explore more of Albany again over the coming days!

Shadow

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Ninghan Station

Just got back from an awesome adventure out to Ninghan Station (Payne’s Find) with a group of photographers from Perth and the Southwest. We spent the weekend exploring the half a million acre property with 4WD’s and came across some amazing scenes. The wildflowers up this way are awesome right now, heaps of Everlastings scattered across the property,¬† and the stars were incredible with zero light pollution making for good photo ops of the milky way! We had a thunderstorm roll in Saturday afternoon receiving a fair bit of rain making the drive back to camp after we’d been exploring and the drive out Sunday interesting to say the least! It doesn’t take long for the clay roads to become slippery and it was amazing how quickly the roads turned into running rivers! Definitely be heading back here in the future!

Wildflowers

Golden Whistler

Jeep

Coonigal Track

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