Bush fire at Banjup, Western Australia – February 2014.

More horrific bushfires around the Perth/Fremantle area recently (Banjup to be more precise). I was on my way to shoot a winery when I observed the early smoke of what became a raging fire. I spent a while photographing the fire – the pilots of the helicopter and plane water-dumpers/water-bombers appear fantastically skilled, and also very courageous; thankfully, damage to human and home was minimal.

 

A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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A bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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Police road block as a bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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Police road block as a bushfire rages at Banjup, Western Australia.

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Hotham Ridge Organic Winery – Wandering, Western Australia

I recently had the pleasure of 36 hours at the lovely Hotham Ridge Winery at Wandering, Western Australia as I conducted a photo-shoot for the owners. At only a little beyond 1.5 hours from downtown Perth, this organic/biodynamic winery is a wonderful and proximal location to spend time relaxing with fine wine, delicious food, and gorgeous rammed-earth cottages that are refreshingly clean and quiet. The bistro utilizes a wood-fired oven to produce meals, from which I enjoyed what may well be the most delicious pizza I can recall – the “Classico.”

The following images are all taken at the winery – I hope you enjoy them, and if you are planning a visit to the Perth area I suggest you may want to consider spending time at Hotham Ridge Winery, even if only for a bite to eat and a sampling of their award winning wines.

 

Overlooking the Chardonnay, with a beautiful crop for this vintage.

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Three-image stitch.
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Looking back at the cottages, homestead, bistro, and winery.

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The Dutch influenced homestead, and the two cottages – “Billie” and “Nina” – as seen from the bistro.

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Here is “Billie’s” porch.

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These old oak barrels, settled among a garden of ponds, flowing water, and birds-a-plenty, greet visitors on pathway to the cellar door and bistro.

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The Magpie tapestry – illustrating the basis of the Hotham Ridge label.

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The vintner’s vintages.

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Vines, very soon to be relieved of their sweet bounty.

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Dawn breaks over the Chardonnay. HDR image.
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A red bicycle appearance among the vines.

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This red bicycle makes an appearance in several of these images as the owners of the winery wanted the bicycle included in some of the scenes – I like it.
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As this is an organic winery (certified), there is no herbicide or pesticide usage thus these young vines are competing with the remnants of the spring’s grass.
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Mmmm, I see another award winning red in the making…

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Table grapes drape and shade an outside table at the bistro.

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The bountiful flora surrounding the Bistro entrance from the parking lot.

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This short board-walk to the bistro is edged by a luscious pond and wetlands.

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“The Wide World” as seen from the bistro garden area.

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Ever closer, some of the outdoor bistro dining tables are revealed.

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You have arrived at the bistro entrance

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Times of yore;  traps, sickles, and shears adorn the bistro wall.

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Some of the available seating in the bistro – bench and table section.

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Delightfully fresh wholemeal spelt sour-dough bread, fresh out of the wood-fired oven.

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Awaiting oven’s readiness for my soon to be savoured “Classico” pizza!

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To wrap up this express tour, I present a variety of  visual vagaries 🙂

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Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) in full bloom.
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A eucalyptus gumnut – species yet to be confirmed.
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Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis).
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Highly aromatic flower of the caper plant.
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Motorbike Frog (Litoria moorei).
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Bulrush; Cattails; Cumbungi; Wonga; Reed-mace; raupo; (Typha)
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Wild oats ablaze in dusk’s amazing light.
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Curling bark.
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Lichen on granite (primarily).
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Wine vines swishing in silhouette before a highlight of wild oats.
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“Photo’s from a balloon.” Avon Valley, Western Australia.

On the first morning of our 10 day trip around parts of Western Australia we enjoyed a glorious and serene sunrise hot air balloon flight above the Avon Valley, near Perth. I highly recommend the experience wherever you are. Windward Balloon Adventures was the company who provided this aeronautic experience and we were very satisfied. http://www.ballooning.net.au/

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Dawn inflation of “Rainbow Drifter”.
Canon 30D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 1/80 second, ISO 800.
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Sunrise over the Avon Valley as seen from the “Rainbow Drifter” balloon.
Canon 30D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1/8000 second, ISO 400.
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Hot air rising – it was -3 degrees Celsius (26.6 F) and this heat was welcomed!

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Burning on the “Rainbow Drifter.”
Canon 30D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1/1000 second, ISO 400.
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Sheep and Stubble.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f5.6 for 1/60 second, ISO 800.
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Farmhouse, fields, and fog.
Canon 30D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1/800 second, ISO 400.
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Shadows, knolls, and contours.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/80 second, ISO 400.
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Foggy fields.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/2000 second, ISO 400.
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More foggy fields.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/2500 second, ISO 400.
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Tree array and shadows.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/400 second, ISO 400.
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Descending over dwelling.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/2000 second, ISO 400.
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Deflating the 30,000 cubic feet capacity of the balloon.

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Deflation after touchdown.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/1600 second, ISO 400.
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