While the bike riding was enjoyable and allowed me to continue building my fitness for the upcoming cycling trip in June/July this year, the camping and bushwalking allowed me for some great photo opportunities in my favourite times of dusk and dawn.
The following are several selected images from last months activities:
Batemans Bay - ( see more )
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve & Namadgi National Park - ( see more )
Budawang National Park - ( see more )
Peter's family settled the area in the early 1800's and they have a long and interesting history, embodying the spirit of the man from Snowy River. While this meeting was incidental (he spotted me taking photographs of his beloved horses while in the paddock), we got on quite well and one thing led to another and before I knew it we agreed for me to come along to his next horse trek (all costs inclusive) in order for me to take some pro photographs which could then be used on his revamped website, also to be arranged by myself. Not being one to knock back an opportunity to spend some time with a great man like Peter, in the outback and on horseback, I was back in the Snowy Mountains after only one night Canberra with my cameras lock and loaded.
As easily foreseen, I ended up having a great time that amounted to being easily my best horse riding experience. Five days in the saddle all in all, eight to nine hours per day horse rides, cameras in hand in the fabulous high country of the Kosciuszko National Park, I could not ask for more. Peter's personal company added a lot to this, both during the rides and at the campfires where I really enjoyed his poetry with his Brumbies poem being my favourite. I was also fortuitous to be in great company with the other riders, Kate and Steve, Ian and Heather, Lesley and Jenny the cook making it extra special.
Not having visited the area for a while, I instantly feel in love with this country, a passion which hopefully some of my photography has managed to transpire. Peter's now completed and new website is at http://www.cochranhorsetreks.com.au/. Also several of my images have already been used in German magazines and newspapers re. the brumbie situation down under.
The following represents a fraction of what I ended up photo wise after this awesome horse riding and camping adventure:
As usual I pitched up my tent, finding a nice spot by the lake in a tourist park (although next time I think I'm going to a national park camping ground) and the activities commenced. My time spent there was taken up scuba diving, fishing, bushwalking, canoing, some spectacular whale watching and of course photography. Initially it was just myself and the boys with Jacob from Sydney joining me with Oli mid week. I found this area to be very beautiful in the early mornings, which is always my favourite time to take photos. However being school holidays it was a tad to busy for my liking, ie to many cars around the place once the days got going etc.
Nevertheless we've had a great time with spectacular displays from humpback whales on their annual southward migration journey. It was the first time that I was privileged to witness those gentle giants of the sea, breach, sometimes fully jumping out of the water, no mean feat considering fully grown adults can get up to 16 meters in length and 40 ton in weight. I was also lucky enough to be on a boat that drifted within twenty meters of a group of whales where a mother was expressing milk to a youngster via her mouth. The proximity and closeness of this encounter was very special. Then to make things even better when scuba diving I could hear a myriad of underwater whale chatter all around me, adding to the already great experience of seeing some of the best underwater corals and ocean life on the NSW coast line, equal to Great Barrier Reef in my opinion.
To sum up these ten days of camping, the weather was great, the mosquitoes vicious, the wild life superb, the camping ground fun, the scenery wonderful as long as it was early morning, a few to many cars but the boys had a great time and I also did enjoy myself.
The following is what I ended up photo wise after this ten day camping trip:
Last time I drove along this strip of road was almost twenty years ago so it was nice to see this part of Australia again, only this time with the boys. The Great Ocean Road (known as the Surfcoast Highway between Torquay and Apollo Bay) which stretches along the South Eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives.
Also being one of the most photographed Australian coastlines, I figured it would be a good opportunity for some shutter action and yes you guessed it, my favourite type of images, seascapes :)
The following is what I ended up with after a five day road trip:
I took both my boys there in mid July 07, during their winter school holidays and between all the activities managed to grab a few photos. The weather was beautiful (compared to Canberra's 0 degree temperatures at the time), the water was turquoise crystal clear and we had an extremely full schedule which we all enjoyed. The following are some of my images from this trip with the rest to be found here