It’s been a strange start to the season, especially considering the almost arid seasons we’ve had recently. Winter pushed almost all the way up to christmas, and spring seems to be making it’s way steadily through what should be mid-summer. We had more snow through October than all of our ‘winter’ trips combined, and mid-January has seen the waterfalls at full-flow.
Late season is fungi season on the Overland Track, and it’s fair to say it’s one of my favourite times to be up in the mountains.
If you look carefully you’ll find fungi in the park at pretty much any time of the year, as long as there is moisture, shade and some old organic material, but it’s late summer and early autumn, in the deep, cool rainforests of the Upper Mersey and Upper Forth valleys where they really put on a show.
All shot with the surprisingly versitile Ricoh GR. I have no idea what any of them are called (except the first; a Strawberry Bracket) so if there’s any mushroom experts out there let me know in the comments!
If you’ve been following some of my other posts you may have noticed that I’ve recently acquired a new toy, a lovely new Ricoh GR.
The reasoning behind the purchase (other than basic gear-lust) was a desire to simplify – I’ve developed my Micro Four Thirds kit to a point of maturity; the EM5 is all the camera I need and I’ve got about as good a collection of primes as one could hope for, but I had begun to feel as if the gear was getting in the way of the photos. More and more I’ve gravitated towards a documentary style of shooting, but in a way I feel like the gear I’ve been using, and the myriad possibilities it presents, has been dictating the way I shoot. In response to this, I see the GR as a high-quality, no bullshit tool for simply capturing what I see.
I’ve banned myself from buying anymore bodies/lenses over the next 12 months, and I’ll be shooting solely with the GR as much as I can, hopefully pushing the limits of both my creativity and GR’s capturing potential.
I’m hoping that bushwalking will be a big part of those 12 months, and here’s the first taste – a riduculously hot and sunny Overland (36degC on day 5…)
Oakleigh, Pillinger and Dean Bluff
Light and shadow amongst the Alpine Ash
Anyone know what these are? Pelion Plains
Channeling Fred Smithies on the Pelion East ascent
The final climb
Eucalyptus Delegatensis reach for the light
Making our way through the Upper Mersey Valley
Star-trails over Castle Crag
The first Leatherwood blooms for the season
Shadows at Du Cane Hut
Early dawn from The Gatepost, after a late night climb by headtorch and open-air bivvy on the summit
The Narcissus River rests as the weather begins to change
Another trip of wild weather as Tasmania’s winter refuses to give in (technically it’s actually summer now…). I’m not complaining – it makes it quite photogenic!
EM5, m.ZD 75mm + m.ZD 17mm
Thunderstorm over Mt Roland
Snow showers over Fury Gorge
Snow Peppermints in front of Cradle Mt
King Billy Pine (Athrotaxis selaginoides) and Pencil Pine (A. cupressoides) fused together on Pine Forest Moor. These two species are known to produce a hybrid (A. laxifolia) but I’ve never known them to bond before…
Mt Ossa from the Mt Oakleigh spires
Flowering Hybrid Candleheath (Richea Xcurtisiae) – a reasonably common hybrid between R. pandanifolia and R. scoparia
The Tasmanian wilderness is infamous for it’s temperamental and erratically changeable weather patterns – everyone’s heard the old cliche ‘don’t like the weather, wait half an hour…’
One of my recent trips was a classic in this sense. Two days of perfect sun, half the group up Mt Oakleigh on Day 3, heavy snow that night and through the next day, and then Lake St Clair swims on the final afternoon! It certainly makes things interesting.
Also my first proper outing with the new m.ZD 17mm f1.8 from Olympus. I’ve been searching for a 35mm equivalent prime for quite a while now and I’m enjoying the little Zuiko thus far. It’s not the sharpest tool in the shed (take that with a grain of salt, my MFT experience includes the m.ZD 45mm and 75mm primes, which are crazy sharp) but it has a lovely way of rendering a scene, and the gorgeous build quality and tactility make it a joy to use.