A quick (2 nights) visit to Fraser Island, Queensland.

“Fraser” is the largest sand island in the world, is fascinating in its diversity, and absolutely stunning. I recently spent two nights on family vacation on the splendid Fraser Island, Queensland. As it was a family holiday, these were opportunistic photos and as such do not represent the vast diversity of habitats and scenery.


This is Lake McKenzie – a beautiful spot to have a freshwater swim.

Fraser Island 2AM-005282 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view back as you approach Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM-005283 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view up the sand dune from Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM 5293-5294 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Sunrise ocean motion.

Fraser Island 2AM-005313 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish.

Fraser Island 2AM-005316 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Tempestuous sunrise.

Fraser Island 2AM 5342-5344 HDR ©Andrew McInnes

 

Ocean approachin’.

Fraser Island 2AM-005349 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish again.

Fraser Island 2AM-005353 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) in front of  She-oaks (Allocasuarina and Casuarina spp.).

Fraser Island 2AM-005360 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005361 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Highway.

Fraser Island 2AM-005364 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Goats-foot Convolvulus (Ipomea pescaprae subsp. brasiliensis) and Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005375 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach airstrip.

Fraser Island 2AM-005384 ©Andrew McInnes

 

North view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM 5406-5413 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

South view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005417 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The beautiful Pacific Ocean as it meets the beach next to Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005419 ©Andrew McInnes

 

4WD’s from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005420 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Contemplation on Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005425 ©Andrew McInnes

 

A very busy day at the famed Champagne Pools.

Fraser Island 2AM-5440-5443 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cruising down Eli Creek.

Fraser Island 2AM-005448
©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

Autumn colour, toadstools, and a train station in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

This past weekend I spent a brief couple of hours photographing near Mount Wilson and Katoomba in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales, Australia.

Although it is the end of the season, remnant autumn colour abounds at Breenhold Gardens. I went looking for colour and fanciful toadstools on a brisk and breezy dusk and was fortunate to find both.

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Autumn Leaves 2AM-008205 © Andrew McInnes

 

This quintessential toadstool, Amanita muscaria, is commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita. I looked hard but unfortunately I failed to find any gnomes or fairies 😉

Amanita muscaria - Toadstool 2AM-001323

Amanita muscaria – Toadstool 2AM-001323 © Andrew McInnes

 

A bit more colour…

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Autumn Colour 2AM 8175-8177 HDR © Andrew McInnes

Autumn Leaves 2AM-008172

Autumn Leaves 2AM-008172 © Andrew McInnes

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Pink Spider Lily 2AM-001341 © Andrew McInnes

 

More fungi – clumps of mushrooms.

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Mushrooms 2AM-001314 © Andrew McInnes

 

On the way home after dark I stopped in Katoomba as the train station caught my eye. The first two images were on the way to the platform…

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Katoomba Railway Station 2AM-008226 © Andrew McInnes

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Katoomba Railway Station 2AM-008229 © Andrew McInnes

 

This is the view of the Katoomba train station that enticed me to stop and photograph on what was fast becoming a bloody cold evening.

Katoomba Railway Station 2AM-008223

I hope you enjoyed this very limited discovery of a portion of the Blue Mountains.

Cheers 🙂

A few hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

On the first day that the National Parks were reopened to the citizens who own them, I drove to the Smoky Mountains to have a few hours in Cades Cove – a truly remarkable location, and a visit I highly recommend.

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I feel so very fortunate to see a family of American Black Bears up close and personal – sort of.

Peek-a-boo 🙂

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American Black Bear_2AM-000210
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000214
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000371
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/125 second at ISO 1000 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000546
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/5 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000553
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000528
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The lovely winding road that leads to Cades Cove follows a stream for a good portion, and this lone tunnel is always intriguing to me. I stopped to take this image on my way out – the fall leaves are beginning to turn on  a show right now!

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000079
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 6 seconds at ISO 800.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

These images are a mere sampling of the wondrous place that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more of my images of the park, swing over to some of my earlier/archived posts:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/a-bloody-cold-shoot-in-the-mountains/
https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/serenity-in-the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/

 

Cheers,

Andrew