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Yesterday 20/11/12 I did my usual weekly waterfall hunt and to my delight found a truly massive unmapped drop. I’m a pretty seasoned waterfall hunter now but it is pretty rare to find such a substantial unmapped drop. All up it was 30m high in three steps, 11m, 5m and 14m (I measure my finds with a laser distance measurer).

Never ceases to amaze me how incomplete in regard to waterfalls the cartography is around Melbourne but then again I suppose in relative terms it’s only been 177 years since Europeans who make maps have been here. It does makes me wonder whether all/ many of these drops were included in the Kulin song lines, sadly though this information has died with it’s custodians so we’ll never know.

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’. Yesterday I ordered my second proof so am getting closer to production standard (that and I need to find nine more waterfalls but they are coming hard and fast at the moment), hopefully it will be out in late 2013.

A full journal of this drop is here

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 0.4 sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
When: 4:15pm on 20/11/2012

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

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

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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Comments

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 2 years ago

    a beautiful image

  • Sean Farrow
    Sean Farrowabout 2 years ago

    Nice work mate. I’d be keen to see this publication when it’s ready, count me in for a copy for sure :)

    As for more drops… there’s a small drop (perhaps 1.5m) over some granite boulders along the Sweetwater Creek near my place in Frankston. The creek walk could possibly have more drops as it’s a few KMs long and runs from much higher up in Mt Eliza down to Port Phillip Bay. I really should explore that further myself one cloudy day.

    Just a thought.

  • Really not an area that I’d expect the geology to be hard enough to result in waterfalls. I have however set myself a 3m or 10 foot minimum height limit for inclusion, otherwise the field for inclusion is just too broad and I actually think people would get miffed if they go to an effort to visit a spot only to find it is more of a rapid than a waterfall. Got me interested though so I might check it out if I get the chance thanks for the info Sean. I’ll let you know when I finish it, ta.

    – Travis Easton

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture, Travis..!

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 2 years ago

    WOWWWWW what a terrific image young Travis excellent work

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    beautifully captured Travis.

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 2 years ago

    Love the comp Travis,hot down your way today !! have a nice christmas my friend.cheers.

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