Hi All,

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
Aperture: f/22
WB: Auto
When: 4:32pm on 21/2/2013

For more shots from this area check out my Melbourne’s Waterfalls gallery.

$30 a month from photography sales donated to the Wilderness Society


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Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 1 year ago

    Nice exposure mate,yes its been a dry spell down in Vic & good luck with the book Travis.

  • Reinforces just how much rain there has been in the last two years though when after such a long dry spell the ground still has so much to give, so it’s still pretty healthy and if we get the three days of good rain that are forecast this week that should boost things up nicely, ta.

    – Travis Easton

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Beautifully done, Travis. Love the dof.

  • Thanks David

    – Travis Easton

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    Hard work and determination justly rewarded, Travis! Great shot.

  • Thanks Bette, it is rewarding.

    – Travis Easton

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 1 year ago

    Nice work as always Trav looks like a nice drop .Do you still use your email address ?

  • Yup, you’d love this un… next time we catch up.

    – Travis Easton

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 1 year ago

    You’re certainly a pioneer in that regard Trav, all these lost beauties certainly make for beautiful viewing!

  • And a picture of course always pales into insignificance next to the reality of actually being there and experiencing a place, I am a rich man. Thanks as always Mel.

    – Travis Easton

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Love the vertical format, superb image!!

  • Appreciated John

    – Travis Easton

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 1 year ago

    A lovely capture!

  • Tis a lovely spot.

    – Travis Easton

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    Beautiful exposure

  • Thanks Robyn

    – Travis Easton

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    impressive and beautiful image

  • Thanks Martina

    – Travis Easton

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Cool Thanks Mr BigD

    – Travis Easton

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