Silken Waters

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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Today I was planning to go into the Marysville area and check out how some of the waterfalls have faired after our recent bush fires. Despite being opened to the general public this week the road I wanted to use (Woods Point Rd) to get into the area was not, so after a quick rethink I instead visited another waterfall on my list and after a huge dirt road detour ended up at Tanjil Bren near Mt Baw Baw.

The waterfall has no name and I only had a large scale map with very little detail to find my way but after innumerable stops to clear rocks and branches from in front of my 2WD I was stopped in front of a huge tree that blocked the track. The land nearby dropped away steeply and I could hear the rush of water so I figured it must be it. After donning boots and gaitors I descended very steeply through the scrub finding a track just as I hit the river. To my amazement the track soon emerged at a quaint log cabin. An enormous amount of effort had obviously been made to get the materials in and build it coming complete with two cabins with huge log walls, corregated tin iron roof, fireplace, river rock pavers, food, first aid kit, clothing and bedding and a small room which appeared to be some kind of sauna. I presume it is on public land and illegal but obviously so few people ever visit that it has remained under the radar (no I didn’t find a nearby plantation but…).

Continuing down stream I explored the three tiered falls as best I could in the steep sided canyon which had an amazing flow of water even at this dry time of year eventually returning to the car via the much easier track. Elated from exploring and seeing a sight that it appears only a select few know about.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM @ 43mm
Filter: UV
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 6 sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: +2/3rds stop
When: 4:48pm on 19/3/09

For more pics from this area check out my Yarra Ranges gallery.

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