HILLS HUT

Hills Hut on Parsons Track, Great Western Tiers

Hills Hut was built in the 1960s by Bruce Hill and was used for a short time as a base for loggers in the area. After the loggers left it became pretty dilapidated with bits missing here and there, and the Deloraine Walking Club did some work on it in the late 70s. Weather and […]

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preminghana.

preminghana indigenous protected area by Jade Austen

Formerly known as Mt Cameron West, preminghana is a 524 hectare Indigenous Protected Area on the far north western tip of lutruwita / Tasmania. The land, which contains the finest example of Aboriginal rock art in Tasmania as well as extensive middens and other sacred sites, was handed back to its custodians in 1995. The […]

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HIDDEN FALLS

Hidden Falls Tasmania on Ilford Delta 3200 by Jade Austen

Bit of a bush bash to get here, but gorgeous to sit behind the waterfall with my cup of tea. Haven’t had much luck with Delta 3200 in the past. It always seemed to lack contrast and be very grainy when developed with Ilford DDX. This particular film was metered at 400 (as it was […]

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GOODBYE WINTER

Two children and snow man, Tasmania

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 spring with 20° here and 26 down south. It’s back to 11 and rain again today with […]

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Winter was beautiful “up back”

Blizzard at Lake Parangana on tri-x film by Jade Austen

But now she loved winter. Winter was beautiful “up back” – almost intolerably beautiful. Days of clear brilliance. Evenings that were like cups of glamour – the purest vintage of winter’s wine. Nights with their fire of stars. Cold, exquisite winter sunrises. Lovely ferns of ice all over the windows of the Blue Castle. Moonlight […]

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…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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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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