Forest floor Porongurup National Park Western Australia

Hiking in the Porongurup Range. Granite domes of this range were formed when Australia collided with Antarctica.

Forest floor detail Porongurup National Park

Forest floor Porongurup – detail, is a close-up study. Using a 150mm lens, I used a fair bit of bellows extension to get the required image size. I knelt down on my hands and knees in the light rain for this image. The light level was so low in the exposure took about 2 minutes

The Porongurp National Park Western Australia is about 50km inland from Albany on the south coast. The weathered granite domes and outcrops of this range were formed deep underground when Australia collided with Antarctica to form Gondwana. In the valleys formed between the domes grow the most eastern remnants of karri forest.

Karri trees shed great strips of bark around Autumn and the forest floor was littered with it. The rain had dampened the bark further enhancing its deep red colour. Karri leaves also littered the floor and their bright yellow contrasted with the red bark.

If you want to read a great book with excellent photographs about the geological history of Australia then I recommend The Voyage of the Great Southern Ark by Reg Morrison, 1988. The book is out of print but copies may still be available secondhand.

Forest floor detail is available online as a print.

Velvia 50 ISO 4×5 film, Wista field camera, 150mm lens, 120seconds exposure.

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Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.

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