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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#backinthe80s

Sun shining in the Tasmanian bush shot on Hasselblad 500cm by Jade Austen

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved being out in the bush. It was our backyard in Reedy Marsh when I was younger. I remember finding fallen trees full of dried bush honeycomb and my brother and I pretending we were explorers, discovering our surroundings for the first time. I remember bringing back a sick […]

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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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…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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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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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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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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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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CHASM FALLS

Lower Chasm Falls on Kodak Tri-X film

Spiderwebs on my arms and in my face. Black cockatoos flying together shriek their delight. Water moves below. Yellow, brown and purple fungi whisper their first hello. There are three waterfalls on the Smoko Creek track in Meander. The first (shown above) is reached within about 45 minutes walking and is pretty speccy. Many brightly […]

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AFTER RAIN

Morning sunlight on myrtles after rain | Portra 160

Snow was forecast on this late winter day so we decided to keep the kids home from school and spend a night in Hills Hut up on Parsons Track. Overnight the snow fell as rain where we were and it was loud on the thin tin roof. I woke every hour or so to put […]

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WALK

Sunlight through trees on Delta 3200 film with Hasselblad 500cm

Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your […]

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