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N 84 B 574 C 33 E Dec 13, 2020 F Jan 13, 2021
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I had to look twice at this lovely Black-winged Stilt with the reflection making its already long legs, look very long and extra sexy.

Tags:   WTP Western Treatment Plant birds Black-winged Stilt shorebird Himantopus himantopus Reflection Point Wilson bird Nikon D500 Nikon 200-500

N 58 B 737 C 28 E Jan 12, 2021 F Jan 12, 2021
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I wanted to finish the series of trees at Lake Mountain with this image of the lush green understory.

The fog was quite thick on the way up to the summit. There were few places to pull over along the winding road but I found one spot and stopped there most days. After looking at the dead stags posted in my first tree upload, I was feeling abit sad. I was sending images along the way to a friend overseas. When I came to this view and sent this image, I wrote "this makes me feel alive".

There was not a car in sight, the birds were active, the fog drifting around with a life of its own, the air was cool and crisp and my breath formed little puffs of white that hung in the air.

The forest can do that to you.

Yep. I felt alive.

Tags:   Marysville fog Lake Mountain trees ferns gumtrees Eucalypt Nikon D750 Nikon

N 81 B 624 C 41 E Jan 4, 2021 F Jan 11, 2021
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The dead Snow Gums, ghost like, looked haunting in the fog at the top of Lake Mountain (the non ICM image from yesterdays post).

The title is from Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man which needs no introduction to those other devotees :-).

Tags:   Marysville snow gums fog dead trees Lake Mountain fire

N 272 B 11.0K C 32 E Jan 4, 2021 F Jan 10, 2021
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Following on from yesterdays post, an ICM of the dead Snowgums near the summit of Lake Mountain.

I will put a non-ICM up tomorrow of these trees for those that find this "hard to look at" (Sherpa's words ;-) ).

I felt the ICM worked to emphasize the post-fire blackness and my feelings when viewing the effects of the fire.

Flickr 2021 x100-3/100 Arty Farty

Tags:   Marysville trees ICM burn dead trees Lake Mountain snow gums Intentional Camera Movement

N 66 B 661 C 31 E Jan 4, 2021 F Jan 9, 2021
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On February 7th, it will be 12 years since the Black Saturday Fires ravaged the Victorian landscape, killing 174 people, changing our lives in so many ways forever.

Visiting Marysville, a small country town virtually obliterated during the fires is always a stark reminder of the loss but also of the resilience and the regeneration that is possible. The town has re- built and geared up for tourists. It was packed with families enjoying the great outdoors. The wildflowers bloomed and the birds sang. The forest is regenerating but the scars are obvious reminders. The intensity of the fire was so fierce that many of the Eucalyptus, especially Mountain Ash were killed so that no regeneration from the old is possible.

These dead stags stand out, pale and tall, part of the old guard watching over the new growth that springs up around them. It will be decades before they won’t be so obvious.

The lessons we learnt from this fire saved many lives in the recent 2020 fires

Tags:   2021 birds fires Black Saturday Fires dead trees Eucalypt hill Marysville Victoria Nikon D750


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