Yesterday (4/11/10) I continuing with my quest to visit every waterfall within 100km of Melbourne and finally had the chance to drop into D Falls again. I’ve only found D Falls on the rooftop series of maps and I get the idea that when the cartographer finds an unnamed drop on an unnamed creek he simply assigns it a random letter (on other maps he has similarly named drops).
Last time I visited it was almost dry although ironically the rough dirt track I drove in on didn’t seem to suffer the same problem and despite letting me in it didn’t want to let me out again. I find a bit of momentum tends to get you through most spots but this bog hole was right on a tight bend and this in combination with my speed and the gathering darkness resulted in me missing my line and therefore suffering the consequences of my automotive arrogance. Getting bogged on a remote and rarely travelled 4WD track in my 2WD without recovery equipment (is a bit dumb lol), necessitated self rescue and after a few hours in the gathering darkness I finally got out destroying my jack in the process, continual use on muddy uneven ground to get all the logs and sticks under my tyres proved too much and I stripped the thread.
This time I avoided the aforementioned track like the plague and decided to approach via a longer bush bash from a ridge top road on the other side of the valley. Of course this track proved to have its own impassable bog hole, so learning from my mistakes (for once) I parked the car (wishing I was in Don’s 4WD, where are ya when I need you Don) and walking an extra 2km before commencing the off track section.
The flow was great and as you can see the wild flowers were in fine form. This area was burnt on Black Saturday and having visited this drop previously I thought a comparison of pre and post fire would be of interest.
Hard to believe it’s the same drop hey! Post fire regeneration is truly spectacular (particularly after good spring rains) and I think the fires have also cleaned things up a lot making many drops more open and photogenic than they have been in many years.
This regeneration in combination with the best spring rains in ten years is offering photographic opportunities which may well be once in a life time events and I’m absolutely loving it.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35 f/2.8L II USM @ 19mm
Filter: Circular polarizer
Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec
Time: 4:09pm on 4/11/10
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