Photo essay – Magic of Tasmania

Photo essay – Magic of Tasmania

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Photo: Dan Broun : Cape Pillar: Tasman Peninsula - The highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere fall below your feet and create their own unique weather systems. The dolerite cliffs soar out of the waves and as you stand above you feel as though you are a bird on the wing.

Photographer Dan Broun captures the magic of Tasmania through his lens.

My name is Dan Broun. I’m a film maker, wilderness photographer, conservationist, bushwalker and passionate Tasmanian.

My work is a mashup of all of the above and allows me to work both in the stunning landscapes of Tasmania but also with people I admire greatly for their skill, passion and commitment.

My career has evolved to this place over the past 20 years and I’m truly in my happy place when working in these environments. Stills photography has come later to me but is something I enjoy immensely and compliments my bushwalking.

My most recent artistic wilderness based project was Tarkine In Motion, an immersive arts festival I curated that saw 70 artists work together in the wilderness to create photographs, paintings, lyric and poetry, dance, jewellery and so much more.

The selection of images here comes from some of my travels throughout Tasmania over the past three years.

I can’t wait to see where my feet will take me over the next three. I hope you enjoy my images and they make you reflect upon the natural beauty available to us if you choose to step into the natural spaces that surround our cities.

You can follow my personal instagram account @footsorephotographer

Mt Counsel, Bathurst Range, Southwest National Park

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A silence is so heavy, so complete, when there is no wind it’s as though the only sound is that of the earth moving through space.

Mt Counsel is so remote you feel a million miles from anywhere. In fact the next landmass you’d hit if you went due south would be Antarctica. This place is only reached by walking through a trackless wilderness. I did this alone after an airlift into Melaleuca. How did I feel? Humble.

My hobby and obsession since migrating south has been bushwalking. The hours I’ve spent in the bush has quite simply saved my life. It has confirmed my suspicion that being surrounded by nature is indeed being in that happy place I think of as home.

Tasmania is such a place that all things natural can be experienced in just one day, from a sandy beach to a cheeky pinot at a vineyard, farm gate markets, artisan cheeses, and then a trip to the snow to watch the sunset over a thousand mountains. Tasmania is my wild island, my home.

Eldon Range, Cradle Mountain

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The Eldon Range sits south west of the world-famous Cradle Mountain. It’s isolated and remote. It’s part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. My good pal Martin and I spent nine days in this pristine wilderness and found a landscape so varied that each minute of each hour provided some new wonder.

We saw rainforests that originated in the days of Gondwana, delicate alpine herb fields, wild rivers and serpentine streams.

Eagles soar above glacially formed lakes and button grass plateaus. Another amazing sight was the crescent moon setting over a tarn. Sunsets, sunrises, stillness, an all pervasive silence, the Aurora Australis, stars innumerable.

Happiness.

A lifetime of gifts in just nine days.

Lake Promontory, Western Arthur Range, Southwest National Park

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After eight days traversing the mighty Western Arthur range in January with some great friends we spent the last night here.

To our surprise just as darkness descended, curtains of shifting colours emerged above the lake, the aurora australis was paying a visit. We sat mesmerised for hours until the display died off. Blessings were counted!

Bramble Cove, Port Davey, Southwest National Park

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I’m often drawn to strapping a pack to my back and wandering into the bush. It’s a way of simplifying everything and getting back to what’s real.

Expedition kayaking is much the same, but you can take a few extra luxuries! I think I may have found a new hobby thanks to the good folk at @roaring40skayaking and @tory.story they made arriving at this special place that much better.

Cathedral Mountain, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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In the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park the Cathedral Mountain plateau is vast, dotted with tarns and alpine forests, this night I slept at 1350 metres on a balmy evening. So memorable.

Lake Myrtle and Mt Rogoona

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Nestled in the mountain, Lake Myrtle is a mecca for fly-fishermen and bushwalkers, and wombats! Vast swathes of marsupial lawns provide great campsites and a feast for furry the shuffling inhabitants. It’s also really, really beautiful.

Swamp Harrier

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This pair of magnificent birds were found injured, shot by duck hunters.

However with some TLC from the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge they were rehabilitated and released back to the wild.

I’m so inspired by Craig Webb who runs the refuge. Knowing people like that exist gives me great strength.

Coronation Peak

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Coronation Peak, Frankland Range is a seriously amazing and special place dotted with lakes and snaking serpentine streams and importantly protected for all time as part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The twisted, contorted folds of quartzite rock that form the summit block blow the mind!

West Coast Range

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There’s nothing better than quality time with good friends immersed in nature.

In the distance you can see my mate Miranda jumping for joy with the mountains of Western Tasmania stretching into the distance.

Clean air, warm sun, good company, exercise and great views. What a combination!

Square Lake

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Square Lake and Mt Procyon looks like something out of a Lord of the Rings film set. But it’s real. And it’s a really big landscape to lose yourself in.

I got lost for a week in this place amongst the orcs and elves of the Western Arthur mountain range.

Tarkine Immersion

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The Tarkininer people of Tasmania’s west coast used these trees to make spears and shelters. They made sure these tea tree forests were protected from fire and also ensured they had a resource up and down the coast.

Evidence of intricate landscape management is found throughout the Tarkine. The hashtag is #tarkineinmotion

Friendly Beaches

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Under a full moon the rocky shoreline at the northern end of the Friendly Beaches is a beguiling thing for a photographer.

I lost myself for hours amongst the sharp angles of quartzite and smooth rounded granite. The push and pull of the wave action like the pulse beneath my skin. All senses alive and fresh.

The Photographer

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Photography can be a solitary pursuit, lost in the world contained in an eyepiece, but sometimes I shoot with others and it’s really lovely to sit back and observe them, their creative process, watch them lose themselves inside their eyepiece.

My good friend Francois @ffourie was so focussed on the grand scale of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island, I lost myself in the frames emerging around him, and the joy of watching a friend in ‘flow’.

Cape Raoul

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This is a favourite day walk on the Tasman Peninsula I’ve done many times and often take new friends on, the vegetation along the way is varied and the coastal views sensational.

Invariably I get visited by a Sea Eagle on the end of the cape. It’s a reward and a great way to enliven the senses.

Magic of Tasmania

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Our galaxy dissolving into the day. Another wonderful day in Tasmania has begun.

Nine Pin Point, D’Entrecasteau Channel

Testing the water.

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Morning brings the promise of any number of possibilities when it starts like this. A short stroll across the road for my housemate and I, a special sunrise shared.

Looking across to Bruny Island from Middleton Beach is pretty good any time of day, some days are just a bit extra special.

For more information about Tarkine in Motion check out the Facebook group Tarkine In Motion or follow the instagram account @tarkine_in_motion and join the rising tide of lovers of the wild Tarkine and wait for the exhibitions that will tour Australia.

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For more things to do in Tasmania see Best of Tasmania and Discover Tasmania.Photo essay Magic of Tasmania

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