Flinders Island

For anyone that follows me here is the reason I have not been that active for a while.On sixth of January this year I embarked on an adventure that I had considered for a while. That adventure was going to Flinders Island for an extended period.

For those of you who may not know Flinders Island is an island in Bass Strait which seperates Tasmania from mainland Australia. It is about sixty by forty clicks in size. The population is around nine hundred.

The extended period I am hoping for is around six months. Though that may be too long for me living in a small tent. Though I have been doing so for a month and quite liking it and not missing comforts like a soft bed or TV.

Another thing I decided to do while here was not to use a car or bike. All movements are to be by me walking. I have weakened on that and accepted a few lifts and outings but primarily I am walking. The reason behind that is I can see the island a lot better that way.

Next week I am going into the next phase of the trip and that is living in near isolation for a couple of weeks for a start. There are plenty of camping sites around the island which very rarely see people. I want to see what it is like not having any people around. In my life I have never been alone so I wonder what company I am with no one else around.

Regarding postings I am going to appear from the bush once a week or fortnight and process and post some images. I can’t carry my laptop with me as there is no power where I am going. Plus laptops are heavy. What I have done is arranged to leave most of my electronic equipment behind at the tourist visitors centre. They have agreed to let me do some work there when I come in.

One of the things I am discovering is taking colored landscape photos is very different to black and white street type of images. But I am having a great time so far meeting many different sorts of people some of whom I will photograph later.

Just to let you know life in a tent is not that rough a couple of days ago I had tea with another couple. Tea comprised of around half a kilo of abalone per person coupled with around the same amount of octopus. It was absolutely delicious lol. Next week I am invited to a pizza meal of lobster, abalone and flake.

So best wishes to all my friends from Flinders Island

Andrew

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