Olinda Falls are the closest waterfall to my home and I have visited them often. Generally I make a point of only visiting them after a good storm so I can photograph them with a descent flow. As the catchment is fairly small even then the flow is usually modest as per the picture below, which incidentally is the only other time I’ve seen the water high enough to flow over the big rock on the right.
Yesterday (5/2/11) 136mm of rain fell on the Dandenongs (with another 22mm falling today) and there was wide spread flooding around Melbourne and even though my wife asked me not to go waterfall hunting today I figured I’d earned it after fixing her parents leaking roof so I did it ‘on the way home’. So glad I did as the flow was off the scale compared to previous trips. After getting back to the car I rang and asked if it was alright if I stayed out a bit longer and visited Sherbrooke Falls as well due to the unique nature of the current opportunity. My good woman sighed and made me promise to work like a slave when I got home, as we were having friends for dinner, love you Mon.
Olinda falls drop a total of 31m over about 106m of creek. The fall includes 6 distinct tiers as well as numerous rapids and cascades with the highest individual drop coming in at 5 meters. Recently I bought a laser distance measurer to work out these stats would be interested to know if anyone finds info like this of interest.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 31mm
Filter: Circular polariser
Shutter Speed: 5sec
When: 2:03pm on 5/2/2011
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