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.
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.
Paperbark Walpole within the Walpole Nornalup National Park Western Australia. Paperbarks are easy to recognised. The trees’ smooth white papery barks contrast against the deep green backdrop that is the heavily forested Walpole. The region is renowned for its towering karri forest and tingle trees with enormous girths. The paperbarks reside on the margins of these giants, often in the swamps and wetland areas. Their tenacity for life and their reserve are expressed in their roots, much like the lines of face. There are interesting shapes formed by root diversions, overlaps, twists, unexpected angles and knots, an analogy of a life lived.
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.
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.