Croajingolong National Park – Victoria – Australia-, this was the following electrical storm that hit our campsite after my ‘Utopia’ trek. I was chuffed to get this from the bridge that crosses into our campsite as it was my first time capturing lightning. I spent there after the next hour huddled underneath the tarp with my campmates as this storm raged over our heads. Very scary moment but this is mother nature at her finest. We all got through unscathed but exhilarated at the same time. Croajingolong National Park – hand held D60 with Sigma 10 -20 lens. February 2012. Tweaked some settings in lightroom to bring out the cloud more.
My aplogies for the crappy foreground. Interestingly enough though, its been washed down from a massive storm that hit the area recently and took my previous years camp site with it! Thats the nature of this place though, its strictly as is and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Dynamically changing and each year we find something new every time we visit. Access to the Thurra River is via the bridge 42 km’s from Cann River through Croajingolong National Park. You are required to bring you’re own supplies and fresh water if you want to camp. There are designated fire areas for that awesome camp oven roast your probably wanting to try after a hard days hiking, walking, swimming, relaxing, fishing and or what ever takes your fancy. Bathing is done in the river you see here. The water is tannin stained but clear and sweet. It is drinkable if required but boil it first. The foreground shows the dunes which is part of the biodiversity of this place. The Dunes walk is completed depending on fitness in about 3 hours or so and you can choose to come back via the dunes or through the Thurra river which personally is my favourite part as i get to go for a refreshing dip afterwards! ITs generally knee deep but in some places can be higher depending on what the water has done to the layout during the year of if the river itself has breached up the front to the ocean. It happens quite regularly which is part of the ever changing landscape here. Filled with fresh mullet, eels and array of bird life and the odd snake or too. Mainly red belly blacks and a little one swam in front of me during one walk back. They like any wildlife will leave you alone if you do the same. ITs all part of the experience. Enjoy and keep this place close to your heart so it can be enjoyed by many more for years to come.