Penance Grove

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In the wilderness - Buckenbowra River In the wilderness – Buckenbowra River

Deep in the Monga National Park are the headwaters of the Mongarlowe and Buckenbowra Rivers. Whilst the Mongarlowe River flows behind the Budawangs into rugged country covered by snow gums, the clear Buckenbowra flows down the escarpment into a rainforest wilderness before finally reaching the Tasman Sea.

Mongarlowe River Mongarlowe River

Between the headwaters of these rivers, near the edge of the escarpment are forests of tree ferns and plumwoods. Plants so ancient that pollen spores have been found in Antarctica, from when Australia was once joined to it in Gondwanaland. One of these magnificent stands of tree ferns and plumwoods is known as Penance Grove.

Penance Grove Penance Grove

It seems that once, thieves would cut and steal ferns from this forest, when it was unprotected, to sell in nurseries to grace suburban gardens.The stumps of cut ferns can still be seen in Penance Grove.

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KA-POW

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Last year on 52 rolls I posted two series of cross processed Velvia 50 photos during September and December 2013. One of the photos, a sunrise over tidal pools which I particularly liked, I posted elsewhere. It drew a question that felt like an implied criticism: why would I want to cross process Velvia? But then, why does the freedom of the Drifting Blues sound so good? Or again, why does Kerouac’s haiku “in my medicine cabinet, the winter fly, has died of old age” make me smile?

How difficult I would find it to be without freedom, feeling an emulsion is so sacred, that I cannot experiment or follow my intuition to explore. I do not want to feel trapped in this world, or in developing film by the constraints of traditional chemistry, but would rather set myself loose from the cold winter cabinet that stifles, and fly.

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Kanangra Walls

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Situated within the world heritage wilderness of the Blue Mountains in the Great Dividing Range lies Kanangra-Boyd National Park. From the sheer Kanangra Walls and into its Deep, wild streams over untold millennia have carved a landscape that seems impassable to the eye. Plunging over the Thurat Walls, Kanangra Creek, falls over 400 meters in eight steps, into the Kanangra Deep. Nearby Kanangra Brook, descends over Kalang Falls in series of steps as well. The canyon carved by these streams is one of Australia’s deepest, falling almost 900 meters below the plateau and mountains above. On the plateau, the silence is broken by the sound of cascading streams rising from the Deep. Over Easter, we visited this National Park and enjoyed camping on the plateau, under the full moon near the Boyd River, in this most wonderful wilderness.

Patchwork - late afternoon light over Kanangra Walls, Craft Walls, Mt Cloudmaker, Kanangra Deep and touching the tops of the Thurat Spires Patchwork – late afternoon light over Kanangra Walls, Craft Walls, Mt Cloudmaker…

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