Australian Nature Photography : New South Wales & The Blue Mountains

September 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

We had been hoping to go back to Australia this year, but that obviously hasn't been possible. However, it did get me thinking about our last trip there, to New South Wales and the Blue Mountains, in 2017. As a result I took a look through my photos from our previous visit, and thought they'd make a nice blog post as a collection together. I've reprocessed most of them since I originally shared them, and I also found a few uncut gems that I'd overlooked the first time around - so there's some new ones in here too. I've put the landscapes at the top, followed by some classic Australian wildlife.

I'm going to keep the text to a minimum as I'd rather this post was just a collection of images. I want them to form a kind of flowing mural, portraying the feel of the vast landscapes and characterful wildlife we encountered in NSW. For more detail on the photos, locations, logistics, etc, check out my original blog posts. Anyway, I think there are some really nice shots in here. Hope you enjoy them too.

 

"Lookout" View Points

We were based in the Blue Mountains, which is a beautiful region of mountains and eucalyptus rainforest. It's very tourist-friendly, and there are loads of "Look-Outs", as they call them, which offer breath-taking views out across the canyons and forest. I made a map of my favourites here. This first set of landscapes are all grand views from these tourist view points.

Grose Valley Light RaysGrose Valley Light RaysFirst Rays of light, illuminating the misty Grose Valley. From Govett's Leap, Blackheath.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

View Through the EucalyptusView Through the EucalyptusFrom Govetts Leap.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Grose Valley SunriseGrose Valley SunriseView of the sunrise, over Grose Valley, from Govett's Leap lookout, Blackheath.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

Govett's Leap CliffsGovett's Leap CliffsThe canyon walls of Grose Valley, from Govett's Leap.
Landscape photography, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Grose Valley DawnGrose Valley DawnEarly light at Govett's Leap, Blackheath.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Grose Valley - First LightGrose Valley - First LightThe first soft light of dawn, over the Grose Valley, from Govett's Leap, Blackheath.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Sunrise from Govett's LeapSunrise from Govett's LeapLooking down the Grose Valley.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Lincolns Rock PanoramaLincolns Rock PanoramaA wide-aspect panorama image from Lincoln's Rock, at sunset.
Fine Art Nature Photography, New South Wales, Australia.

Three Sisters and Jamison Valley, from Eagle Hawk LookoutThree Sisters and Jamison Valley, from Eagle Hawk LookoutShowing why they call it the Blue Mountains.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Grose Valley PortraitGrose Valley PortraitFrom Govett's Leap, Blackheath.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

Blue Mountain LayersBlue Mountain LayersLayers of blue, from Lincolns Rock.
Landscape Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Trees & Rainforest

The vast majority of the trees in NSW are eucalyptus, or "gum trees", as they're known colloquially. It's the evaporation of the eucalyptus oil from these trees, which mixes with the morning sunlight and humid air to create the "Blue Mountains" effect, that gives the area its name and is illustrated in the two landscape photos above. Gum trees are a family consisting of several hundred sub-species, many of which are only subtly different from the next. They have an appealing grey-green leaf colour, and are so dense in places, that I was able to create whole texture boards of treescapes.

Glenbrook GumGlenbrook GumOne gum tree gets the light, down on the floor of Glenbrook Gorge.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Gum Tree PortraitGum Tree PortraitClose-up of a very large gum tree, which has lived for many many years, and still stands strong today. I love the endurance of mighty trees, and the idea that they'd seen many things come and go in their time, outlasting them with quiet serenity.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Canyon Forest TreesCanyon Forest TreesThese trees inhabit the forest floor of the so-called 'Grand Canyon'.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

Eucalyptus TreesEucalyptus TreesThe texture and colour of a eucalyptus forest.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.


Eucalyptus TreescapeEucalyptus TreescapeOne tile in a jigsaw puzzle of gum trees that make up the subtropical rainforest.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Misty Blue Mountains TreesMisty Blue Mountains TreesEarly morning mist hangs over the subtropical rainforest near Leura, in the Blue Mountains.
Nature Photography, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Waratah BloomWaratah BloomA red waratah flower, the state flower of New South Wales, blooming in the October spring.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, Australia.

 

Twisted GumsTwisted GumsGum trees in the mist. Govett's Leap.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Green and GreyGreen and GreyThe green leaves of this tree have recently sprouted, in the New South Wales springtime.
Nature Photography, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.

 

Misty Blue Mountains Rain Forest #1Misty Blue Mountains Rain Forest #1A misty morning near Evans Lookout, in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

 

Misty Blue Mountains Rain Forest #2Misty Blue Mountains Rain Forest #2Eucalyptus rain forest from the Grand Canyon hiking trail, near Govetts Leap, NSW, Australia.

 

Wildlife

Australia has some truly iconic wildlife, and it was a fantastic experience to be able to get so close to much of it. As usual I was playing around with different lighting effects, to get something a little different from the standard portraits whenever possible. All of these were taken in the wild, and I'd love a chance to go back to try more like this.

Kangaroo OutlineKangaroo OutlineThe iconic shape of a kangaroo is instantly recognisable,.
Fine art nature photography, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Side-Lit KangarooSide-Lit KangarooGrey Kangaroo, photographed in low light. Wild in New South Wales, Australia.

 

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) in high-keyHello RooPortrait of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) in high-key.
Taken in Jervis Bay National Park, New South Wales.

 

Sulphur-Crested CockatooSulphur-Crested CockatooA wild Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo.
Fine art nature photography. Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Kookaburra SquareKookaburra SquareKookaburra, wild in New South Wales, Australia.

 

Wombat on Green & GoldWombat on Green & GoldPortrait of a wombat, against the iconic green and gold of the Australian bush at sunset.
Nature photography, Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

Wombat in PortraitWombat in PortraitPortrait-orientated photo of a wombat.
Nature photography, Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Scratching Wombat (B&W)Scratching Wombat (B&W)A wombat stops to scratch, shortly after emerging from its burrow for the evening.
Black & white nature photography, Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Wandering WombatWandering WombatA wombat, out for a walk for the evening, shortly after emerging from it's burrow for the evening.
Nature photography, Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

 

I think there's a good handful there that I hadn't shared before, which is nice. Plus many others which I think look better now than when I first shared them. I have a tendency to go back and tinker with old photos when I have some down time, as my style and taste evolves over time. It's also very easy to overlook a good photo initially, in preference for one which resonates with the recent emotion of being there. Years on, I judge them with with fresh eyes, on a more graphical basis, and so my preferences often change as a result. So it's always worth revisiting photos from previous years.

If you'd like to see more photos from this trip, you can find my original four-part Australia-trip series here, which also contains more information about the subjects and locations I photographed.

And of course, most of these photos are available in print as wall art. If there's one you're after which isn't in one of my main print galleries, just get in touch.

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Post by George Wheelhouse, 2021.

 

 


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