Wentworth Falls lake

Golden morning

Golden morning

I can remember swimming across Wentworth Falls lake, a large and vast open body of water, (well so it seemed like when your 10) as a  young kid growing up in the Blue Mountains. As a kid you were elevated to a higher status amongst your peers (local street kids) for successfully making the swim across the lake. It seemed that the older kids suddenly knew your name and for the next for weeks………you were immortal………like…ish. So as I returned to take some sunrise photos I couldn’t help but think of those early carefree days on the lake.

Checking the weather maps the previous night offered up the chance of  fog  the following morning, which means the possibility of some good mood. Though the low fog wasn’t as much as we would of liked, it was far better than none at all and really help to set a golden scene as the sun began to rise. I have always enjoyed coming to the lake on different seasons throughout the year and I look forward to getting some more shots from this beautiful little spot in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

I hope you find some time to get out and about….

cheers ben

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Wenty lake shots

Autumn glory on the lake

Autumn glory on the lake

The sun rises

The sun rises

poles apart

poles apart

enjoying the lake

enjoying the lake

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Fog in the Blue Mountains

morning fog surround the 3 Sisters

morning fog surround the 3 Sisters

If you happen to be up in wee hours of the morning when conditions are just right, your bound to see some …..foggy goodness. Though it can be hard to predict at times, some mornings I’d swear conditions were perfect, yet nothing. And other times I’d see the valley choca bloc full of the stuff, grrrrrr. Generally speaking there needs to be  humid conditions, near 100% in order for the fog to settle in valley. Commonly known as radiation fog it is formed by the cooling of land after sunset by thermal (infrared) radiation in calm conditions with a clear sky. The cool ground produces condensation in the nearby air by heat conduction. Radiation fogs occur generally at night, and usually does not last long after sunrise, though with the right conditions it can last passed midday in the valleys. Radiation fog is common in autumn, and early winter. And the effect, well that’s just stunning to behold….

I often find myself thinking that the fog takes on the appearance of how the valley would have looked when water filled them. Some mornings you would swear there was an ocean below you, an ocean of white fog that you could walk on……So if you do find yourself up early in the morning with a bit of time to kill, go take a look as it might be one of the better sights you’ll see in a long time….

See you out there,

cheers ben                                                                                                more foggy goodness

Jamison seas

Jamison seas

seas of fog

seas of fog

moving between valleys

moving between valleys

moody stuff

moody stuff

surrounding the ruined castle

surrounding the ruined castle

low fog in the grose valley

low fog in the grose valley

across the cliffsacross the cliffs

morning seas

morning seas

early fog in the valley

early fog in the valley

I'm still half asleep, this can't be

I’m still half asleep, this can’t be…

capturing the fog

capturing the fog

Blue Mountains Bicentenary Flyover Glenbrook

Parachuting in

Parachuting in

Last Saturday 25th May was the official celebration of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by early explorers Blaxland, Wentworth & Lawson some 200 hundred years ago. To mark this Bicentenary event an historic aerial  Flyover was organised to help celebrate this day in the Blue Mountains. I was one of a number of photographers who was asked to cover the event for Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT).

So with camera in hand and my trusty partner hauling all the gear at my side, thanks hun, it was off to Glenbrook to cover the event. We arrived for the lighting of the hot air balloon at dawn. It was such a great atmosphere from the word go, lots of activities for the kids and adults to enjoy. After the hot air balloon tethered rides were over it was time for the parachutist to land in the middle of the oval, see above pic. With clear skies and a swelling crowd, 2000+, it was perfect weather for the Flyover to commence…. An assortment of planes proceeded to fly directly over the event giving the crowd something to cheer and aim their phones, ipads, camera, kids, fingers at. It was so great to see the Blue Mountains community getting behind and embracing such an historic event.

I really enjoy event photography as their is normally a great atmosphere to capture. I had recently taken photos of an endurance event, seen here and I will continue to cover different events as you can get some great shots. In Katoomba, my home town, we are soon to have the annual Winter Magic event. So hun….are you feeling strong….just kidding, it should be fun too!

Have a excellent week and if there is something going on in your neck of the woods, grab your camera and go take  a look.

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                                           more from the day…

best seat in the house

best seat in the house

Up up & away

Up up & away

flybuys

flybuys

balloon fun

balloon fun

Fairy floss & ferris wheels

Fairy floss & ferris wheels

horsing around

horsing around

Comfy views

Comfy views

planes high in the sky

planes high in the sky

fairy floss beards

fairy floss beards

yummy food

yummy food

great crowds

great crowds

cute animals

cute animals

the planes...the planes

the planes…the planes

happy faces

happy faces

and the occasional fierce warrior

and the occasional fierce warrior

Autumn in the Blue Mountains

Autumn at Wenty lake- April 2013

I took a trip to the beautiful Wentworth Falls lake in the Blue Mountains to see some Autumn colour………and it didn’t dissapoint. I have always enjoyed the distinctive 4 seasons that we encounter as mountains residents. Autumn in the mountains has always been one of my favourite times of year as the trees just explode with colour and vibrancy.  This shot is also another example of the great colour and light that was on display on the day.

Wentworth Falls lake located in the wentworth falls township is also home to many beautiful waterfalls and I would thoroughly recommend an exploration of this area as it has so much to offer as a destination for those inclined to explore the World Heritage listed blue mountains. It had been too long since I had visited this area and have vowed to get back here more often to explore some more photo opportunities. This photo and more are available for purchasing here.

Thanks for tuning into the blog, have a super week everyone.

Cheers ben

more from the day…

Wenty Lake in Autumn

Wenty Lake in Autumn

Streets aglow with colour

Streets aglow with colour