Verdant Falls  by Travis Easton

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After a fairly lengthy off track foray last year I came across these falls which are not marked on any map. At the time of my discovery it was approaching dusk and being in precipitous terrain alone I decided it was safest to continue on rather than be caught out after dark.

I finally got the chance to return yesterday (15/4/10) in perfect weather for waterfall photography (heavily overcast). On my previous trip I had passed by on the other side which due to the nature of the terrain did not provide any decent vantage points. This time however I was on the other side and was mightily impressed with just how picturesque they proved to be. It was also heartening to see just how verdant the post Black Saturday regeneration was going. Six months before the ground was completely barren and everything looked dead.

Despite this the terrain is still very fragile and in country this steep it is not a place that will bear much traffic so I have decided not to reveal its location.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII

Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 22mm
Filter: Circular polarizer
ISO: 50
Shutter Speed: 4sec
Aperture: f/22
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: – 1/3rd of a stop
When: 4:38pm on 15/4/10

As an interesting little aside I found out today that the Victorian premier just announced that entry to all Victorian National Parks will be free as of the 1st of July this year . They predict this will increase visitor numbers between 25-50% boosting regional tourism enormously.

To check out other shots from this area see my Yarra Ranges gallery.

For more waterfall shots check out my Waterfalls gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go 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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  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerover 4 years ago

    Fantastic fresh greenery…beautiful location and shot Trav.

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAover 4 years ago

    Super shot Travis.

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    heartening indeed! great capture trav!


  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 4 years ago

    Great shot and description as always :)

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful place Travis!!! Beautifully captured! :))

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    gorgeous capture!

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Stunning image, Travis; love it!

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonover 4 years ago

    Sensational capture Travis, awesome composition!

  • John Dekker
    John Dekkerover 4 years ago

    Lovely find Travis…a beautiful image!

  • traveller
    travellerover 4 years ago

    Top shot mate, and good decision to keep the location quiet.

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