Early-Morning Caress Of Mist by David McMahon

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The rolling hills around Flowerdale and Broadford, in my home state of Victoria, were denuded by the fatal Black Saturday bushfires in February this year.

This shot was taken in early June last year (2009), on a safe shoulder of the Hume Highway. I literally took this from the driver’s seat, with my seatbelt still over my shoulder. All I did was wind my window down and point the camera out as far as I could.

From where I was, I could see untouched old trees in the foreground, but barren hills in the distance.

There was a veil of mist over part of the landscape, almost as if Nature was providing its own anonymity.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F19, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, focal length 108mm.



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  • Helene Henderson
    Helene Hendersonalmost 5 years ago

    Love this, David! Funny how nature brings forth such beauty out of destruction sometimes.

  • Thank you, Helene. Intense heat such as fire is what bursts the seed pods of some Australian native trees, bringing life amid destruction ….

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • Thank, JustArt – luckily there wasn’t much traffic, so I was able to pull over safely on the shoulder.

    – David McMahon

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work David. Phoenix rises …

  • Thanks Merrilyn. You’re right ….

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning work David.

  • Thanks very much, Colin. I was lucky to be able to pull over (SAFELY) to take this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful

  • Thank you, Shulie. Nature is the best artist of all ….!

    – David McMahon

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 5 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks very much, Heloisa. Glad you liked it.

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilneralmost 5 years ago

    Greetings David; A beautiful capture!

  • Thanks very much, Steve. It’s not often I get to photograph sunrise in one state and sunset in another. The sunset I shot that night can actually be seen in “The Day’s Last Takeoff”, a shot taken that evening at Temora, New South Wales.

    – David McMahon

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Scott. Just one of those mellow Victorian mornings in the bush …..

    – David McMahon

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasalmost 5 years ago

    Spectacular image! Love it!!!

  • Thanks so much, Doreen. Glad you like this shot. The credit goes entirely to Nature – I was just the bloke who hit the shutter button!

    – David McMahon

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinellialmost 5 years ago

    Nature is beautiful…isn’t it?…..always amazing its inhabitants…us!! :)) Nice capture friend! :)♥

  • Yes, it gives us a stunning canvas every day, Rita. I was brought up to appreciate Nature (and life itself) and I guess my novels and my photographs are simply a humble reflection of the way my parents raised me.

    – David McMahon

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