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Houseboat Walpole Nornalup Inlet Western Australia

Houseboat Walpole Nornalup Inlet Australia

Houseboat Walpole on the Nornalup Inlet. You will have to squint to see the houseboat it is the white spec on the left. This image needs to be big to enjoy it! One of the few mornings when I have found Nornalup Inlet to be totally smooth and not a breath of wind, although higher up the clouds were streaming inland. Who ever was on the hired houseboat moored to the island had a stunning morning vista to wake up to. I sat at Sandy Beach and enjoyed the peace and quiet of this south west inlet. Walpole Nornalup Inlet is popular with anglers, walkers and is part of the Walpole Nornalup National Park. Houseboat Walpole was photographed on 6x12cm velvia film and is available as 15×30 inch photograph and larger.

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Reflections Walpole Nornalup Australia

Walpole Nornalup Australia

Reflections Walpole Nornalup Australia. I am sometimes asked how I set out to make a particular landscape photograph. The impression is that I control the conditions under which I photograph. This is of course far from the case. I have no control over the conditions I will find on location. That does not mean I don’t plan for a successful image. I will look at maps prior to visiting an area, even if I have been there before. I will consider the time of year, what time and direction the landscape will be receiving light. It is my opinion that it is an error to enter a landscape with a preconceived idea of an intended photograph. Weather conditions on the day may thwart your plans. Your preoccupation with a preconceived idea may make you oblivious the other opportunities that are present. On this morning I had walked to a location to prepare for a sunrise image. The clouds obscured the rising sun and I did not make the intended image. Upon returning to my camp the clouds had advanced swiftly across the sky allowing breaks for the sun to shine through. At ground level the air was still and the inlet’s surface a mirror in which the clouds were reflected. In this instance those same clouds which obscured my preconceived photograph  became the subject of this unexpected composition instead.  Reflections Walpole Nornalup Inlet, within the Walpole Nornalup National Park Western Australia and is available as a limited edition 16×20 inch photograph and larger.

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Paperbark Tree Walpole Nornalup Australia

Paperbark tree Walpole Nornalup Australia

Walpole Nornalup National Park

Paperbark tree, photographed near Walpole reflects the tranquility on a quiet afternoon. Everything was still which is unusual. It’s right near the coast where you can hear the sound of the southern ocean’s pounding waves in the distance. Although there was no breeze where I stood, late afternoon clouds move across the sky blocking the setting sun.

I relish quiet moments.  My eyes scan the landscape. It is almost an unconscious process and unhurried. There is no immediate purpose in my mind. Thoughts float in and out without judgement as I absorb the visual information in front of me. After a while I become more conscious of my eyes being drawn repeatedly back to a particular area. This is the birth signs of the thought “would this be interesting to photograph?”. I guess in a nutshell this is what drives me to photograph. Is the visual information I’m receiving interesting to me? If so let’s explore it. Where will this photographic journey take me? In a way all photographs are an exploration of ones self as the photographer.

Personal Exploration

Paperbark tree is one such personal photographic exploration. How do I find a visual balance between key elements that I find important? The emphasis here is on “what I find important”. Yes, photography really is discriminatory.  It is by nature prejudicial because it is one person’s view. You have to decide what elements to include within your view or frame. That very act of inclusion is matched by what you exclude. So here, in a quiet moment within the Walpole Nornalup National Park, I was exploring my thoughts through photography.

Paperbark Tree

You can easily recognise paperbark trees. They have smooth creamy white papery bark. Sometimes sheets of papery bark are shed from the trunk and branches. Their white trunks and branches glow in the low angled morning and evening light. They create a stark visual contrast to the backdrop to a sea of green formed by the towering forests around Walpole. The region is renowned for its majestic karri forest and tingle trees of enormous girths. You will find the paperbarks residing on the margins of these giants, often in the swamps and wetland areas.


Paperbark tree shows a tenacity for life. At the base of the tree is a tangle of twisted tree roots. There are interesting shapes formed by root diversions, overlaps, twists, unexpected angles and knots. To me they are like lines in a face, a metaphor of a life well lived.

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Karri forest Walpole Nornalup Inlet Western Australia

Karri forest Walpole Nornalup Australia

Karri forest Walpole on the Nornalup Inlet. One of the more unusual locations where you find a small section of beach and karri forest up to the water’s edge. The Nornalup Inlet at Walpole has many moods, wild and woolly when those southerlies come blasting through, peaceful calm to misty and mysterious. There are two forested knolls that create the narrow channel between the Walpole Inlet and the Nornalup Inlet. Their steep dark slopes provide the perfect back drop to highlight the karri trees’ smooth creamy bark. During Spring you can find many delicate wildflowers growing in the forest understorey.  About hand made silver prints.

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Paperbark roots Walpole Nornalup Western Australia

Paperbark roots Walpole Nornalup Western Australia

Paperbark roots Walpole: located about 400km south of Perth, on the south coast, surrounded by magnificent karri and tingle forests, several rivers and two large inlets, Walpole Inlet and Nornalup Inlet. This photograph was made in the few remaining minutes of daylight, with me struggling to focus and compose an image on the ground glass screen that is not only upside down and back to front, but dark as well (the largest lens aperture was using was F6.8). Part of the process of composition in landscape photography is to find order within what we perceive to be disorder, and this tangle of paperbark roots at Walpole certainly provided an enjoyable challenge. About hand made silver prints.