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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Thanks for taking a look at my images.
Ciao for now.

 

 

 

 

 

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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Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
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Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!

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Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
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Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!

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Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/125 second at ISO 1000 (handheld).
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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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Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/5 second at ISO 200.
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Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.

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Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 200.
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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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Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 500.
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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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Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 6 seconds at ISO 800.
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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

 

 

 

 

Some images from March, 2012

I haven’t been able to get out and about as much as I would like to lately. However, here is a (rather eclectic) assortment of images taken during March, 2012.

Texas Bluebonnets heralding Spring.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f18 at 1/25 second - hand-held. ISO 400.

 

Ranch-road bridge after the storm, near Chappell Hill, Texas.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/25 second. ISO 400.

 

Two Curves - near Chappell Hill, Texas.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/40 second. ISO 250.

 

Bradford Pear trees and barn. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/320 second. ISO 200.

 

More Bradford Pear trees. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/100 second. ISO 640.

 

Barn signage. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f11 at 1/160 second. ISO 640.

 

Barn. Great Smoky Mountains foothills - Tennessee.
Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. f11 at 1/200 second. ISO 200.

 

Back in Texas - between Anahuac and High Island.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f14 at 1/500 second - hand-held. ISO 250.

 

Red-winged Blackbird on papyrus plant in our yard (I am a bird lover after all).
Canon 7D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5.6 at 1/250 second. ISO 400.

 

Red-winged Blackbird on golden dewdrop plant in our yard.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5.6 at 1/80 second. ISO 500.

 

Let’s finish with a series of “baby” images:

What's not to like about babies and their little feet and toes?
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f6.3 at 1/4000 second - don't ask me why ( I had just gone from indoors to outdoors and hadn't adjusted camera settings yet). ISO 800, hand-held. This image has had the background cloned to black for effect - extremely rare that I would alter an image other than standard image processing.

 

Daddy's big toe = baby's foot.
Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f8 at 1/320 second - handheld, ISO 1000 .

 

Mother's hand and baby's foot.
Canon 7D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. f5 at 1/320 second - handheld. ISO 1600.

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