Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour on the West coast of Tasmania was a penal settlement. According to the written stories it was hell on earth. It was closed in 1833 and these days there are very interesting tours with guides who will take you back to those days. The remnants are still there. One of the walls is still visible here. The setting sun shone a beautiful light over the island.

I’ve lived about 60 year on this planet and always loved photography. Never more so than after I went digital. It is so good and so easy. With the push of a couple of buttons I can recall images with memories otherwise put in an album and only to be seen when searching for something else. Memories from walks and holidays I like to share. Please have a look at the images and stories and leave a comment if you like. It will be much appreciated by me.

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  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 6 years ago

    Wow ! just beautiful John,lovely colours and reflection ,such a peaceful capture

  • Thanks Trudi. The sunset brought these soft colours on and there was hardly a breeze.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • David Murphy
    David Murphyalmost 6 years ago

    Love the peace and tranquility of this John.
    A magic place, Sarah Island………
    …….you’ve caught an aspect of her perfectly!!

  • Thanks David. We did the afternoon Gordon river cruise and the sunset was great.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! what a beautiful scene for such a place of historic hardship.

  • Thanks Bev. We left in silence Bev Were very impressed with the stories from this place and it was as if the weather was feeling our mood.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskialmost 6 years ago

    Sounds like a great place to visit and see the history it holds. Fantastic capture…great reflections :)

  • Thanks Donna. It sure is worth a visit.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • danapace
    danapacealmost 6 years ago

    very peaceful image with great light…excellent done

  • Thanks Dana, your comment is much appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 6 years ago

    Love the warm light, peaceful mood and reflections in this beautiful coastal composition John, a most interesting history and I can’t help but feel that the once Hell on Earth has become a Heaven on Earth, beautifully captured,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thanks so much for your nice comment Rod. I appreciate your stimulating input.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot, very well done. Super shot!!

  • Thanks Brendan. Stopping by and commenting is much appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • brigusser
    brigusseralmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture…I love your work…

  • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Very inspiring.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Leanne Nelson
    Leanne Nelsonabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations, John! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 4 January, 2010.

  • Great news Leanne thanks so much.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Darren Stones
    Darren Stonesabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, John.

  • Thanks so much Darren.

    – John Vriesekolk

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