Yesterday I was revisiting some old fav’s to GPS and measure them for my book and more or less on a whim decided to check out a potential waterfall location on my way to the next drop. After all this hot weather and 11 consective weeks of below average rainfall (the average rainfall to this date is usually 107mm but this year we’ve only had 25mm) I was expecting the river this was on to be pretty down but to my surprise it was still flowing really strongly. On top of this it was also overcast making for ideal waterfall hunting/ photography weather.
This drop is only 200m from a popular road but is not on any map and to my knowledge has never been photographed before and probably not visited by anyone in many years. This 200m however is down a steep hill and through very dense regenerated scrub (with cutting grass creeper) which is pretty awful stuff to get through, although when you find something like this the struggle vanishes and in my case had me whooping for joy.
Shortly after taking this a big storm hit and the heavens opened dropping 32mm in a short space of time. In the Yarra Valley 74mm fell on O’Shannassy Reservoir and 7km away only 2.8mm fell on the Upper Yarra Dam, the vagaries of weather patterns. Bush bashing through wet scrub is even worse than bush bashing through dry scrub but I did so with a spring in my step.
The captured drop is 8m high and is the left hand section of the third tier which drops a total of 16.5m overall.
My personal opinion is that a photograph of a rarely or prehaps never before photographed scene is of far more value than yet another lovely sunset seascape of the 12 apostles from the viewing platform that is photographed hundreds of times a day (for example). Of course I’m not saying don’t take these shots I do it myself I’m just saying that it’s not really contributing anything particularly new or unique to the world. For me finding a place that is new is a truly amazing thing and I just can’t believe that there are still scenes out there for someone who is willing to study a bit and go through a bit of hardship to find and capture.
Thanks as always for viewing, commenting and reading.
For full details of this and 200 other waterfalls within 100km of Melbourne you will need to wait for the release of my next book ’Melbourne’s Waterfalls – 200 waterfalls within 100km of Melbourne’. I’m up to my second proof so am getting closer to production standard (that and I need to find five more waterfalls but they are coming hard and fast at the moment), hopefully it will be out in late 2013.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
Shutter Speed: 1.3 sec
When: 4:32pm on 21/2/2013
For more shots from this area check out my Melbourne’s Waterfalls gallery.
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