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One overcast morning, hubby and I set out for another photography adventure! Our destination this time was the Organ Pipes National Park, Bulla – Australia. The spring weather gave us conditions just right for a pleasant bush walking experience. The Organ Pipes formation, the Rosette Rock, and the Tessellated Pavement sites proved to be interesting and great spots to stop and take some time out to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
Varying birds could be heard and seen alongside of the Jacksons River which gently meandered through the reserve. We spotted and I manage to photograph:- tiny Superb Fairy-wrens that bounced around the lower bushes and ground coverage; high up in riverside gum trees, Masked Wood-swallows called out to their partners; a young Fantail Cuckoo rested on a bare tree branch, overseeing his territory; a White-plumed Honeyeater hung upside-down from the bow of a gumtree while pecking at the bark, searching for insects; black and white Willy Wagtails darted from one tree to another in the process of protecting their nest from would-be intruders; a Dusky Wood-swallow perched on a dead branch as it stared at us with mild interest; an elegant White-faced Heron stood tall on a river gum tree limb, scanning the waters for a fish feed; a beautiful Tawny Frogmouth Owl slept wedged within the bow of a gumtree; a Black Swamp Wallaby busily munched on a small native bush while we quietly observed; and a mother Kangaroo lazily lay across a patch of short grass while her joey rested beside her, during the hottest part of the day.
All these sights and sounds combined with fresh air and the warmth of the sun was just wonderful and reminded us both about how fortunate we are to still be able to do this together.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED
During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for the landscape photographs – hand-held. For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted on a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.
On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. I developed a small selection of photographs. During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure. Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!
Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul. Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!
Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – November 2018
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