Musings from a Heart-Shaped Island

Jade

Two children and snow man, Tasmania

GOODBYE WINTER

My favourite season has passed by once more. This winter saw a bit of snow and a lot of rain. Good rain, preparing the ground for summer. It was a randomly warm day yesterday, the second day of ...
Flooding at the Deloraine Train Park

…and then came the rain.

For the past few weeks, in fact for most of July, it has been raining. Deloraine has had 170mm this month and the ground is spongy. The Meander River recorded its highest total July rainfall on ...
Forest and mist detail, Meander Falls Track

WAY HOME

We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, ...
Cradle Mountain Pandani with raindrops by Jade Austen Tasmania

PANDANI | Cradle Mountain

The world’s tallest heath plant, Pandani (Richea pandanifolia) is endemic to Tasmania and can grow up to 12 metres in height. I always love coming across these guys, for when you see them ...
Doctors Room in The Barracks Willow Court New Norfolk. Jade Austen Portra 160 film.

THE DOCTOR’S ROOM

Willow Court has been known by many names; Invalid Barracks, Colonial Hospital, Madhouse New Norfolk, Her Majesty’s Lunatic Asylum, Mental Diseases Hospital, Lachlan Park and Royal Derwent ...
Morton House originally St Johns Hospital in Charles St Launceston

MORTON HOUSE

Originally thought to have been built by Alexander Waddle, a freed convict and hotelkeeper in 1832, the two storey Georgian house was subsequently established as St John’s Hospital in 1845. ...
Mount Ironstone viewed from the top of Syds Track on Ilford Delta 100 film

IRONSTONE

I can’t remember a lot about this day a month ago, except that it was very windy and the clouds were rolling across the mountain bringing occasional showers and rainbows. I followed one of ...
Foggy morning on the Meander River, Deloraine

The MEANDER

River emerges from Lake Meander in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area 1300 metres above sea level, before tumbling over the lip of Bastion Bluff as Meander Falls and zig-zagging beneath ...
Hasselblad looking up to a blurred forest canopy on Kodak tri-x black & white film.

SOME DAYS ARE LIKE THAT

Journal Entry… 11.40am Cold. Sitting beside an unnamed creek on the Grail Falls Track, Walls of Jerusalem NP. Moss on everything. Sun shines weakly through the myrtle and sassafras tops. ...
Morning sunlight on Lake Parangana, Mersey Forest Tasmania. Captured on Tri-x film by Jade Austen.

LAKE PARANGANA

Located north of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Lake Parangana on the Mersey River is a man-made lake that is quite lovely on still mornings, especially if there’s mist hanging ...
Interior of Lady Lake Hut at the top of Higgs Track, Great Western Tiers.

HUT AT LADY LAKE

It was a Friday. It was the first snow of the season, so I went where I usually go when it snows. The first part of the track to Lady Lake Hut was fairly ordinary, Dale Brook was flowing fast ...
Shapes and lines on Deloraine building captured on Tmax 400 black & white film by Jade Hallam

LINES & SQUARES

Known as The Catching Pen in the mid 80s, a grungy live music venue at the back of the pub, now a health and wellness centre. West Barrack | Deloraine | Kodak Tmax 400
Fagus at Cradle Mountain on black and white Ilford HP5 film.

FAGUS | Cradle Mountain

Also known as Tanglefoot owing to its twisted ground-hugging branches, Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) is Tasmania’s only deciduous native. People flock to the Tasmanian Highlands during ...
Wild Wood autumn leaves in backlit forest taken on Tmax 400 film by Jade Austen

AUTUMN | I

The Wild Wood is a 14 acre reserve that borders the Meander River in Deloraine and is packed with deciduous species from the northern hemisphere, mostly sycamore and willow. Despite walking the ...
Dwarf myrtle forest in the Great Western Tiers on Ilford Delta 100 by Jade Austen

APRIL 23

Journal Entry …Syds Track. Searching for my final image before heading back down. Here amongst the dwarf myrtles the moss is verdant and bright green. The sky is overcast, light showers ...
Mist on Meander River in Deloraine. Jade Austen. Tri-X film

MEANDER

The days are shorter and the air is getting colder – we had our first big frost yesterday. I hear the footsteps of winter about to round the corner. Meander River | Deloraine | Tri-X +1