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Lake Ainsworth, at Lennox Head, about 20 mins south of Cape Byron, was named after James Ainsworth, Thomas Ainsworth’s son. The Ainsworths were one of the first European families to take up land in the region, settling on the North Head of Ballina in 1847.
The Lake is situated north of the town and 50 metres behind the dunes. It is a fresh water lagoon permanently discouloured by ti-tree tannins leaching from trees surrounding the lake. The ti-tree water is said to have health giving and rejuvenating properties.
There is a caravan park joining the lake to the east and BBQs and picnic tables (wood is usually readily available).
These shots were taken in November 2009 on a ‘lighthouse trip’ – I just decided to explore a bit further south. And I was field testing my recently acquired HC 210mm lens too, although these 2 shots which I have stitched for this image were taken with the 80mm. I hope to get back there and stay overnight for early shots in the not too distant future, maybe next winter when the dawn is later and slower.
H2 | P20 | HC 80mm f2.8