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Blessed - Wonga Wetlands, Albury NSW - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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I had great fun wandering this magical area , the home to hundreds of bird species that have made home to this oasis, add to that the wonderful sunsets over the Murray and to get one like this you do feel Blessed !

“Wonga” is Wiradjuri for Black Cormorant, still one of the most abundant bird species in this area. The Wonga Wetlands was named to give recognition to the local flora and fauna, and the important relationship the Aboriginal people had with this environment.

*Restoring Natural Flow *

A unique environmental development has taken shape downstream from Albury, along the floodplain of the Murray River – the Wonga Wetlands.

The water that is bringing new life to this beautiful country is not directly from the river – it’s from the AlburyCity’s wastewater treatment systems.

During the warmer months the reclaimed treated wastewater is used for irrigation, while in wetter months it is redirected to the wetlands, helping to restore the natural flow regime.

Since the construction of the Hume Dam in 1919, the Murray River has been regulated for irrigation and does not flood as often. When flooding occurs, it is now often in the late Spring or Summer and is of a lower intensity.

This alteration to the natural flow has dried out many of the floodplain wetlands and billabongs, destroying the bird and fish breeding habitat.

The Wonga Wetlands development is an opportunity to revert to the original hydrological regime, with birds and other wildlife now returning to the wetlands

For more information on Wonga Wetlands"

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Manfrotto Tripod, Luck
Technique:HDR, 5 Braketted Exposures, Photomatix Pro, Tidy up in Capture NX

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 5 years ago

    stunning composition and capture Philip! excellent HDR treatment!

  • Thanks Gerry its a great spot, i must get back

    – Philip Johnson

  • Wendy Mogul
    Wendy Mogulover 5 years ago

    Wow soo beautiful love the reflections..

  • thanks Angel just have to love it when you get great light and reflections

    – Philip Johnson

  • BethW
    BethWover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Philip. Love the clouds, reflections and the colour. Well made. :)

  • thanks Beth its a great spot

    – Philip Johnson

  • eclectica
    eclecticaover 5 years ago

    Jus beautiful Phil, I must ask Ralph to take me out there, I have never been and it looks just gorgeous!!!

  • its a great spot, they have purpose built bird hides, you can park outside out of hours and wander in eary for dawn and late for dusk.

    its a great spot to sit and meditate some great bidlife

    – Philip Johnson

  • saseoche
    saseocheover 5 years ago

    Instant fave and so beautful and stunning work!

  • thank , i was lucky i thought i had lost these images when a drive failed

    – Philip Johnson

  • Mark Lyons
    Mark Lyonsover 5 years ago

    Spectacular Philip , Well done

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    Wow… this is gorgeous… love the colours, clouds and reflections… haha… just saw that Beth said the same thing!!! Oh well… love it! : )

  • thanks Jenny, its a great spot to wander with a camera and a great spot to sit and watch bird life

    – Philip Johnson

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot.

  • Thanks Phil, its a great spot they call it a living laboratory, with universities researching wildlife and how we dont have to waste water

    – Philip Johnson

  • Melsk
    Melskover 5 years ago


  • thanks , it a great spot to just sit, must go back with a bigger lens as the birds are amazing

    – Philip Johnson

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 5 years ago

    Stunning reflections, HDR treatment, lighting and colours. Well done.

  • thanks Elana its a great spot

    – Philip Johnson

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