…and then came the rain.

Flooding at the Deloraine Train Park

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 record of 224mm, and has broken its banks several times. 2021 Floods | Deloraine | Tri-X & F2

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WAY HOME

Forest and mist detail, Meander Falls Track

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, anticipating – lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. We have forgotten what rocks, […]

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PANDANI | Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Pandani with raindrops by Jade Austen Tasmania

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 you know you’re in a pretty special place. Cradle Mountain | Kodak ColorPlus | Nikon F2 | Dev/scan | Ikigai Camera.

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THE DOCTOR’S ROOM

Doctors Room in The Barracks Willow Court New Norfolk. Jade Austen Portra 160 film.

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 Hospital. Thankfully attitudes towards mental health have changed a bit over the years! The complex opened in 1827, 3 years before Port Arthur, making it the oldest asylum […]

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MORTON HOUSE

Morton House originally St Johns Hospital in Charles St Launceston

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. It was the location Dr W. R. Pugh first performed surgery under anaesthetic two years later in 1847. This was the first use of ether […]

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IRONSTONE

Mount Ironstone viewed from the top of Syds Track on Ilford Delta 100 film

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 the few sets of cairns to this spot and wondered where they all go. One of them leads to Ironstone and […]

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The MEANDER

Foggy morning on the Meander River, Deloraine

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 old growth native pine. Its powerful water has polished bedrock, and ripped entire banks away during floods. Further north the river forms the backbone […]

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SOME DAYS ARE LIKE THAT

Hasselblad looking up to a blurred forest canopy on Kodak tri-x black & white film.

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. Can hear a single bird above the flow of water. A single sporadic whistle. I’ve fallen in mud and walked through a creek, hiked past […]

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LAKE PARANGANA

Morning sunlight on Lake Parangana, Mersey Forest Tasmania. Captured on Tri-x film by Jade Austen.

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 around. On this particular Friday morning I went for a drive and ended up in the Mersey Forest, exposing the last four photos on […]

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HUT AT LADY LAKE

Interior of Lady Lake Hut at the top of Higgs Track, Great Western Tiers.

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 beneath the bridge and scatterings of unremarkable brown fungi were visible along the rooty rocky […]

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FAGUS | Cradle Mountain

Fagus at Cradle Mountain on black and white Ilford HP5 film.

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 April and May for the ‘turning of the fagus’, as the tiny crimped beech leaves turn from green to yellow to flame red, and finally fall to the ground. […]

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AUTUMN | I

Wild Wood autumn leaves in backlit forest taken on Tmax 400 film by Jade Austen

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 track with our kelpie most days, I rarely get bored. There is usually something different to experience depending on the weather and the […]

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APRIL 23

Dwarf myrtle forest in the Great Western Tiers on Ilford Delta 100 by Jade Austen

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 come and go. I would focus on the plethora of greens were I shooting a colour film such as Portra 160 (that would do […]

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CASCADE

Sunlight on tannen waters of Cascade River taken on Tmax p3200

We took a walk down the Cascade River after it burst through the Mount Paris Dam. We followed a family with small children through the rough cut bush track until we could walk no more. I took this photo of the sunlight dancing on the tannen waters. Mount Paris Dam | Northeast Tasmania | Tmax […]

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080421

Sunrise, Tomahawk Beach on Kodak ColorPlus by Jade Austen.

First light over Cape Portland | 6.40am | Kodak ColorPlus I awoke to Xavier Rudd’s Follow the Sun on my iPhone alarm. It was 5.45am and the earliest I’d woken in a while. My body was telling me to stay put, but I wasn’t going to give up the rare opportunity to see the sun […]

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MOUNT PARIS DAM

Mount Paris Dam, concrete with ferns. Jade Austen. Tmax p3200

Day 4 of our NE Easter trip took us to the disused Mount Paris Dam, which is currently being reclaimed by the lush northeast rainforest. The dam is 250m of fern-fringed concrete reminiscent of an ancient Incan temple and now with a beautiful tannen-stained river running through the middle. Blink and you’ll miss it though. […]

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