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Scone Wedding Marquee vs Clouds

No.18 Buy Now Scone Wedding. The ominous & dramatic clouds before the wedding day were, fortunately, not a sign of things to come.

No.18 Buy Now The ominous & dramatic clouds before the wedding day were, fortunately, not a sign of things to come.
Yesterday

It was great to come home and experience a good ol’ Scone wedding.  It’s been a hectic couple of weeks.  For a week leading up to the wedding was nothing but chores and wedding preparations.  Lawn mowing, light installing, marquee planning, and occasionally a wee bit of bickering.

When the big day finally came, everything fell into place.  The clouds dissipated, the weather warmed and the beers flowed.  By 0630 the next day (yes we celebrated until daylight the following morning) the clouds were back, the weather cold and, fortunately, the beer vanished.

A huge congratulations to the happy couple, P & J, enjoy your honeymoon trek.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy

Mount Royal Milky Way Arches Overhead

No.17 Buy Now There is nothing quite like viewing the Milky Way far away from city lights. The Other Day

No.17 Buy Now There is nothing quite like viewing the Milky Way far away from city lights.
The Other Day

It’s a pleasure coming back to Australia for many reasons.  Visiting this little shack on the edge of Mount Royal National Park is definitely right up there.  Away from city lights, away from city sounds, the night sky is crystal clear and truly comes alive.  Unbelievably therapeutic and relaxing, it is impossible to remain stressed  in this beautiful part of the New South Wales bush.

I am thoroughly enjoying learning to shoot the Milky Way and was absolutely stoked to get a few clear nights after several cloudy days.  However, I am not overly mobile right now due to a double toe operation (both feet).  Fortunately, I was able to hobble out to the side of the cabin to attempt this shot.

Let me know what you think.

Until Tomorrow,

Jimmy.

A beautiful Upper Hunter Milky Way

No.16 Buy Now One of the best things about coming home is the vibrancy of an Upper Hunter Milky Way. The Other Day

No.16 Buy Now One of the best things about coming home is the vibrancy of an Upper Hunter Milky Way.
The Other Day

There is nothing quite like gazing at an Upper Hunter Milky Way.  Away from lights, away from smog, we say adios to the sun and the day.  The stars shine and they dazzle and they reach over our heads.  One thing is for sure, this can’t be seen from your beds.  It’s easy to get lost in that great dark expanse.  Let’s just remember, we are here simply by chance.

Way back in the day, in a time before land, scientific stuff far smaller than sand, bound together in one way or another.  It all happened in an instance, it caused quite a lot bother.  Out of the darkness it came, it’s tricky to fathom.  A Universe so big, just think of a chasm.  A chasm so vast it goes on forever.  No end in sight, you can never say never.

These thoughts take a hold when I stare into space.  The luck of the draw to have been given my place, on this tiny blue planet that supports all our life.  The Serengeti, the Arctic, Yosemite and Yellowknife, are parks we must treasure, protect and maintain.  The human existence has nothing to gain, by letting it slip off into the distance.  For it could all be gone despite our resistance.

So as I stand on my silo, and drift off into the stars, I ponder them all, Alpha Centauri, Orion, Sagittarius and Mars.  What else could be out there?  Are we alone? Should we care?  Many questions unanswered yet there’s one thing I know, we should all take a breath, calm down and go slow.  Where ever you are look up and you just may,  exclaim to the world or yourself, Oh my what a wonderful Milky Way.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy.

A Scone Sunset Looms over Moobi

No.15 Buy Now A Scone sunset often dominates the evening sky.. The Other Day

No.15 Buy Now A Scone sunset often dominates the evening sky.
The Other Day

While I wait for the weather to calm and the clouds to clear it seems I’ll have to be content with many a beautiful Scone sunset.  I have been waiting and hoping for a clear night sky.  So far the clouds have been blowing in and out, not offering much opportunity of that clear sky.  Hopefully tonight I will get my chance.  In the meanwhile, watching the clouds ignite upon the setting sun is a great way to practice my patience.

There is something extremely moving and therapeutic about watching the sun set and the clouds ignite.  It is as if the world is telling me to put the stresses of the day to bed.  To move on.  Tomorrow is another day and the sun will be back with a new perspective.  It can be hard to listen to the world’s advice.  However, in that moment, when the sun dips below the horizon, there is a peace that washes over me, if only briefly.  It is a peace, a feeling that is impossible to get inside a building, or even in a city.  A feeling reserved for the mountains, the wilderness, the countryside.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy

 

Scone Moon – An Aussie Full Moon

No.14 Buy Now Scone Moon - What a treat to witness a moon like this on one of my first nights here. Yesterday

No.14 Buy Now Scone Moon – What a treat to witness a moon like this on one of my first nights back in the Hunter Valley.
Yesterday

It was such an amazing sight to see a big bright Scone moon rise over the town.  I wasn’t quick enough to capture the actual rising itself as my camera was not on hand.  However, by the time I grabbed it I noticed the moon beautifully framed by this old, dead tree.  Many moons ago this tree was alive and thriving.  Although, nature had other plans and unleashed an almighty lighting bolt down upon the beast.  Now, a shadow of its former self, the tree still strikes an imposing image across the land.

Unfortunately the clouds have rolled in and according to the weather-folk nature has a biblical downfall in store for us.  I’ll have to wait until early next week to see the moon rise once more, hopefully later in the evening so I can try to capture a couple more Milky Way shots before it fades away for the next six or so months.

The trip home has been successful so far.  I have ticked off one of my favourite three things to photograph.  A full moon.  All that is left is the Milky Way and some flowing water.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy

 

Scone NSW, Australia – Home Sweet Home

Scone NSW

No.13 Buy Now Scone NSW - My old stomping groung. It's always a pleasure to return. Yesterday

No.13 Buy Now Scone NSW – My old stomping ground. It’s always a pleasure to return.
Yesterday

For the next few weeks I will be found in Scone NSW, Australia.  The place I spent the first 18 years of my life.  As I was perusing my national geographic profile I found a little paragraph I had written underneath a photo I submitted to an assignment.  This isn’t that photo, however the words ring true none the less.

It seems so long ago that I spent my childhood with this scenery that it almost seems a dream. A piece, however important, of my imagination. Memories that fade in and out of my mind. Is what I recall of this place what happened? Have I recreated it? What I do know, is that when I return strong emotions that I can’t explain overwhelm me. Nostalgia runs deep. I love my new home, however the home of my childhood will forever run wild in my imagination.

Many things change over the years, even memories of the past, my connection with this place however, will never change.  I am always excited to come back, catch up with family and old friends, walk around the paddocks and photograph a truly remarkable Australian Landscape.

Until Tomorrow,
Jimmy

Joffre Lakes near Pemberton BC.

No.12 Buy Now Joffre Lakes offers many amazing views. Including this epic waterfall. Yesterday

No.12 Buy Now Joffre Lakes offers many amazing views. Including this epic waterfall.
The Other Day

Joffre Lakes is a beautiful picturesque hike.  Consequently, it is a must if you find yourself in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains.

Not only does the walk by Joffre Lakes include;

  • Beautiful trees
  • Three alpine lakes, each more stunning than the last
  • Canadian views and scenery in all directions
  • Epic glaciers and snow capped mountains
  • A manicured path
  • Occasional wildlife

It also has a steep, dramatic waterfall situated between the second and third lakes.  The stream from the upper lake to the middle lake crashes down violently as soon as it begins its descent.  In this particular spot the water thunders over a tiered set of steps creating a frenetic scene.  The water races down to the middle lake where it finally rests, if only for a moment, once it hits the lake.

There is hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall – Patrick Ness

In my opinion the hike is worth it just for this image.  However, I’ll be honest, I am utterly addicted to waterfalls.

Details on Joffre Lakes

Drive along highway 99, through Pemberton and Mount Currie, following signs for Lillooet.  After driving through Mount Currie and over the rive next to some amazing views of Lillooet Lake, you’ll start climbing a steep road with many switchbacks.  Joffre Lakes parking lot is hard to miss.  If it is full, there is over flow parking downhill of the main lot.

The hike is roughly 11km, allow 3-4 hours for the round trip.  It is a maintained path however it is steep in parts.  Joffre Lakes is actually one of the few hikes in this area that is dog friendly, they must be kept on a leash.

The first lake is a very short walk from the parking lot.  If a hike isn’t on the cards, stop in and check this lake out at the very least.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy

Duffey Lake Camping where the stars shine brightly

No.10 Buy Now Duffey Lake Camping. The stars shine above Steep Creek & Duffey Lake Yesterday

No.11 Buy Now The stars shine above Steep Creek & Duffey Lake
The Other Day

Duffey Lake camping is, without a doubt, amongst the best camping in BC.  Driving the Duffey Lake Road, offers great opportunities to get into the mountains.  There are many hikes along the road between Pemberton and Lillooet.  Each one offering a unique mountain experience while all maintain a very “Canadian” vibe.

I could write pages and pages on Duffey Lake camping.  However, I’ll touch on a couple today. I am sure I’ll write more on others another day.

Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes is definitely the busiest hike in the area.  It is easy to see why!  There is a well-maintained trail from the parking lot to the upper lakes.  As a result people come in droves to visit this spot.  Don’t let this put you off though, my advice is to get up early, beat the crowds.  If you can handle it, get there for sunrise.  It’s breathtaking.  There are three gorgeous alpine lakes.  The first is a short walk from the parking lot and offers distant views of the majestic Matier Glacier.  The next two are a decent walk up the trail.  Allow three to three and a half hours for this one.  The third and final lake brings you to the base of the Matier Glacier.  It is an impressive sight, there is no doubt about that.

Steep Creek

On the other hand Steep Creek is a spot that is much lesser known.  It is does see few people, though mostly in the winter.  It’s an easy hike up a decommissioned logging road.  Steep Creek is situated in the midst of some epic mountains that rise dramatically from Darkside Lake.  As a result the camping here is amazing.  There is plenty of opportunity to scramble high up the hills for the views looking over the neighbouring valleys.  Finally, it is a fantastic spot to sit back, relax and watch the stars.  One of my favourite pastimes.

If you want more information and have any questions, click the links above or feel free to send me a message.

Until next time,

Jimmy

Milky Way Whistler Mountain Style (vs Clouds)

No.10 Buy Now The Milky Way Whistler Mountain The Other Day

No.10 Buy Now The Milky Way battles the clouds on Whistler Mountain
The Other Day

For a while now I have wanted to shoot the Milky Way Whistler style.  I would love a shot of the Milky Way arching over Garibaldi Provincial Park with the silhouette of Black Tusk in the background.  I had an opportunity to be on top of Whistler the other night and was hoping that the stars would align. Unfortunately, the Milky Way and the clouds were locked into a battle for the night sky.  The peak was shrouded in clouds, obscuring the view of the Milky Way altogether.  Further down the path, the clouds were rolling in and out offering the occasional view of the Milky Way.

I watched, waited and hoped the clouds would fade away.  For awhile, it appeared as though the Milky Way might shine through.  However, this photo is representative of the night up until that point.  Not long after snapping this image the clouds finally claimed the rest of the night sky.  My patience had run out.  It was close to freezing and it was time to head inside to warm up.

Though the temperatures were cold, the sky moody and the Milky Way lacking it usual vibrancy, the night was still beautiful.  It always is a beautiful night when high in the mountains.  The clouds on the horizon were constantly rising and receding in dramatic fashion.  A crescent moon occasionally poked through the mist.  Even the troublesome mist and clouds created an exciting and eerie atmosphere while I was up there.

It wasn’t the Milky Way Whistler style that I had hoped for, however, it turned out to be a beautiful evening all the same.  Hopefully, I’ll get another chance in the not too distant future.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy.

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The Milky Way dazzles over Lillooet Lake

No.9 Buy The Milky Way rises above Lillooet Lake The Other Day

No.9 Buy Now The Milky Way rises above Lillooet Lake

The Other Day

Lillooet Lake, just east of Pemberton, is a breathtaking spot.  Nestled amongst dramatic mountains Lillooet Lake offers an incredible opportunity for one to immerse themselves in nature.  There is easy access to some incredible campgrounds along the shoreline.  Each of these campgrounds offers beautiful views of Lillooet Lake and the peaks that rise above.

Consequently, these campgrounds are not a secret.  It seems like everyone in British Columbia knows about Lillooet Lake.  Earlier in the summer we decided to risk the crowds and head out to a local favourite, Strawberry Point.  We couldn’t believe our luck when we arrived and found no one else there.  As the afternoon wore on and we watched a gorgeous golden sunset behind the mountains we were pleasantly surprised to find that no one else showed up.  We had the place all to ourselves.  The weather forecast had been questionable.  Therefore, most people stayed at home, I suppose.

Yet, the night was clear, the stars came alive and they  twinkled across the sky.  For awhile the flames of our fire mesmerised each of us.  Fortunately, I snapped out of my trance and walked into the darkness to explore what the night sky had to offer me.  I wish I could do its magnificence justice.  Maybe one day.  Finally, after a long wait, the Milky Way rose and arched across the sky.  As it stretched out overhead I thought that I could certainly get used to getting outside and shooting the Milky Way.

What did I learn?

  • If you have an opportunity to go camping, go.
  • Don’t let the weather put you off, maybe the weather man was wrong.
  • When outside always keep an eye on the sky, it will probably impress you.

Until tomorrow,

Jimmy