A small tannin stained creek on the edge of the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania spills its way toward the sea.
The colouring is a natural stain that comes out of the heath, button grass and melaleuca vegetation. This stained water is very common in Tasmania and is some of the sweetest water I have ever drank.
When the water is shallow with a sand bottom it is a beautiful sepia tone and as it gets deeper it turns black.
When it hits turbulence it whitens the same as any water does and gives a myriad sepia shades depending on the level of turbulence.
Nikon D40
Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm VR lens at 20mm
ISO 200
0.62 secs at F/20
No Flash

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featured in Waterfall Photography November 2008
featured in Natural Colour & Light group 24th March 2009
featured in Dimensions group 24th September 2009
featured in Alphabet Soup group 26th September 2009
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Top Ten in the Waterfall Group – Buyers Only Challenge in February 2009
Top Ten in Tasmania Groups Waterfall Challenge 19th September 2009
Top Ten in The Alphabet Group – Best of N Challenge 3rd October 2009


waterfall, creek, nelson, tasmania, timelapse, tarkine, temma


  • phillip wise
    phillip wisealmost 6 years ago

    nice shot ..i was up there about 6 weeks ago

  • Thanks Phil

    – Garth Smith

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersalmost 6 years ago

    perfect capture!

  • Thank you Michael

    – Garth Smith

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture love the tones in the water!

  • Thank you Simone

    – Garth Smith

  • queensknightjbh
    queensknightjbhalmost 6 years ago

    No other way to put it…an AWESOME shot!! There is a waterfall in West Virginia called Blackwater Falls that features the same tannins. Unlike the falls you captured in your excellent photo, BW falls gets tannins from the crude oil that leaches it’s way toward the surface. The water I dare say is not something you want to consume but none the less make for a great photo shoot. Congrats on your effort! Jim in Carolina

  • Thank you Jim

    – Garth Smith

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 6 years ago

    thank guys….. your kind comments help motivate me no end

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonalmost 6 years ago

    Great depth & movement & the colours are extraordinary..well captured & thankyou for the info

  • thank you for the kind words Jeff

    – Garth Smith

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 6 years ago

    Wow! this could be called rainbow falls, such beautiful colors! I loved your words!

  • thank you dolphindancer

    – Garth Smith

  • rvformer
    rvformeralmost 6 years ago

    Wow, that’s intense! Impressive capture!

  • thank you robert

    – Garth Smith

  • Gethin
    Gethinalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic waterfall shot.. the motion and colour is great. well done

  • Thank you Gethin

    – Garth Smith

  • Jill Doyle
    Jill Doylealmost 6 years ago

    The color in this is so unique. Nice shot.

  • Thank you Jill sorry for the delayed reply, still finding my way around

    – Garth Smith

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