Lakesland is a beautiful rural pastoral area to the South-West of Sydney, NSW. This view is looking towards the East, out towards the coastal areas. To the West, lies the Burragorang Conservation area and the two little townships of The Oaks and Burragorang and the extensive valley which is the water storage for Sydney, held by the Warragamba Dam. Apart from a variety of orchards and small farms in the area, many of them being cattle and horse studs, coal mining was the major industry in the area, with the underground mine at Tahmoor still being a major producer. All these areas are half an hour or less drive from where I live in Thirlmere.
This afternoon, there was a burst of sunshine after weeks of rain, so I decided to venture out for a spot of photography. After weeks of rain, the pastures were all lush and green and the cattle looked very well fed. In the distance, massive cumulus clouds were forming.
Now, I can’t compete with the eye-wateringly beautiful panoramas from the Antipodean experts in the Lakes district of England – you know who you are – so this panorama is made from a single fine jpeg, not stitched or HDR’d or tonemapped – just some basic mucking around in PS Elements 3.
Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm OS lens @ 24mm, Landscape Mode, 1/125 sec @ f9.0, ISO 100, Pattern metering, Auto Exposure and WB.