Cephissus Creek

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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In ancient Greek mythology Cephissus was a man changed into a sea monster by Apollo. It is also the name of a river in Greece which goes along with the plethora of other Greek nomenclature in the area.

I took this shot last school holidays (I’m a teacher) on my trip to the Du Cane Range near Lake St Clair in Tassie with the talented Donovan Wilson . It is only since joining the bub that I have hooked up with other photographers and done shoots with them which has been really enjoyable seeing what others get from the same location. I’ve certainly gained a greater respect for Donovan’s work by shooting with him. The zealot actually lugged up a heavy pair of waders all the way into Pine Valley so he could wander straight up the middle of the rivers there and get perspectives that have in all likelihood never been seen or shot before. Generally I explore the popular parts of an area first and on return trips slowly explore more of the obscure off track locations that capture my attention. On this trip I did pretty much the same while Donovan made a B line for non tracked rivers and ridge lines taking photographs of truly unique locations and views. Certainly gives me a fresh perspective on the efforts he must have gone to get many of the river shots around his beloved and miraculously surviving family home near Marysville.

Generally I like to go hiking to get away from everyone and everything to commune with mother nature alone but on this trip far from being the imposition I generally relegate people who have the impertinence to want to travel where I do (tongue firmly in cheek), I actually really enjoyed the company of these like minded walkers on the two nights I spent in the crowded Pine Valley Hut. Inevitably one of the first questions to emerge was the where are you from query and interestingly Donovan would generally say Melbourne rather than Marysville as the topic of conversation after this answer was a given and understandably he is a bit over it and is the reason he came to Tassie. Funnily on the plane trip home we sat next to a love sick Taswegian returning to his Melbourne girl friend who seemed completely unaware of the significance of this place. I certainly respected his decision to get to know people a bit more first before deciding to reveal this fact although I must admit i had to hold myself back on every occasion from blurting this information out.

I took this shot on the walk into pine valley hut zoning in on this spot after hearing it from the nearby track.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm
Filter: UV
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: -1/3rd stop
When: 1:36pm on 5/4/09

For more Tassie shots check out my Tasmania gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society

Artwork Comments

  • John  Kowalski
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  • pollyh
  • Travis Easton
  • Donovan Wilson
  • Travis Easton
  • John Dekker
  • Travis Easton
  • Marilyn Harris
  • Rosemaree
  • Donovan Wilson
  • Robert Mullner
  • Travis Easton
  • RickGeorge
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