© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography Spa Pool in Hamersley Gorge (Minhthukundi) is a waterfall that sort of invites photographers to have a field day in photoshop and 'brighten' the colours of the water and the amazing red-and-blue rock walls. I do enjoy those photos... but part of me feels that a place as beautiful as this also deserves to be shown in its 'real' colours - it is so beautiful as it is. So this photo might not be as speccy as what you'll see if you do a search in Google Images for "spa pool karijini"... but sometimes I think a place should be able to 'speak for itself' occasionally... If you haven't seen it before, it's a place that catches the sun early and loses the sun late, so if you want the best chance to photograph it, you sort of need to get there before sunrise or stay until after sunset. I went in with a torch before sunrise for two mornings in a row and spent some peaceful hours there... Nikon D800 + Zeiss 21mm ISO 100 • f/8 • 93sec • 21mm Photo available from: http://www.redbubble.com/people/miekeb/works/15153768-spa-pool
Tree of Life
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography An iconic boab tree in Derby, Western Australia. There are nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia. In Africa and Madagascar, they're referred to as baobab trees. In Australia, we call them boab trees. This one stands at the edge of the tidal mudflats in the Kimberley, and I have many photographs of it. To me, he's a magical old boab, and this photo is my way of conveying that special aura he has about him.
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography The dunes near Lancelin, Western Australia. Metal prints, canvas prints, art prints etc available at http://www.redbubble.com/people/miekeb/works/8770353-delicate
Just for One Moment
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography You get up in the darkness, try not to dwell on the fact that it’s cold and there’s likely to be ice on all the rocks, and that you have a couple of hours’ hiking ahead of you. You join a bunch of others at Dove Lake carpark at 4am, and think much more about a warm bed than sunrise. You turn your head-torch on, and put one foot in front of the other (grateful that it’s not as icy as they said it would be), all the way to Twisted Lakes, where you huddle, cold and shivering, waiting for the light… … and then it comes. Pure Magic. Just for One Moment. Little Horn reflected in the Twisted Lakes, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia. Please don't pin my photos to Pinterest/Tumblr/WeHeartIt etc. Thank you!
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography Although I grew up believing that Winter was cold and wet, in the North of Australia it's just called "The Dry" - hot and cloudless and dry... and perfect for aerial photography of mudflats! These remarkable tidal mudflats are located near the Cambridge Gulf in the East Kimberley, Western Australia.
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography An amazing reef nestled amongst the islands in Bardi country at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. This reef is one of the highest in the area, and when there’s a particularly low tide, it is entirely exposed. As the water rises, it rushes over the edge of the reef, creating a magificent cascade several hundred metres long. I stood on the ocean floor with my tripod to take this photo :)
"Rainforest Reflections" © Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography Last month, I travelled over-and-down to Tasmania and at the end of my visit, spent a wonderful day exploring Westmorland Falls with my friend Claire. I know some people will have an issue with the flare at the top (caused by condensation on my filter)... but I like it, so it's staying! It's all a matter of opinion, I say... :)
"Golden Glow" © Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography The last evening I stayed at Karijini National Park, Western Australia (at Easter), I prayed for clear skies. I knew from a previous visit that if the skies are clear and the setting sun strikes the red-rock walls of Dale's Gorge, "magic" happens. Someone must have been listening... :)
Flynn's Tarn Reflections
"Flynn's Tarn Reflections" © Mieke Boynton. www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography During "Focus on the Fagus Week" at Cradle Mountain (Tasmania, Australia), a group of us ventured up to Flynn's Tarn (out towards Scott Kilvert Hut) for sunrise and although it was nice, the rockface never really lit up like we'd hoped it would. Still, there were some very nice reflections....
© Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com Hancock Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia. Although the overcast skies meant that the gorge didn't "light up" like I've seen it before, it was still a wonderful experience to spend a few hours here before the tourists arrived. I hiked in with a head-torch before dawn and soaked up the beauty and spirituality of this magnificent place...
A Burst of Colour
"A Burst of Colour" © Mieke Boynton. www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography Reflections of a spectacular sunset over Cradle Mountain in the beautiful Dove Lake, Tasmania. Taken during the absolutely fantastic "Focus on the Fagus Week 2015" in Tasmania where a huge group of us congregated to photograph the beautiful Fagus Tree as it changed colour. Thanks to Mark and Claire Walsh!!... and THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE! I had so much fun!!! :) :) :)
Seen Better Days
"Seen Better Days" © Mieke Boynton.www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography Out on the mudflats near Derby, Western Australia. Back in April, I was lucky enough to attend a Les Walkling workshop in Derby, Western Australia, and on the way there, I took my dog Banjo along to re-visit a few places that I hadn't been to since I moved to Broome back in January 2013. This was one of them :) A big thank you to Les Walkling for providing such a thought-provoking, inspirational and thoroughly informative day!
Mount Bromo Sunrise
"Mount Bromo Sunrise" © Mieke Boynton. www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography A 10-shot vertical panoramic stitch of Mount Bromo (the crater on the left billowing sulphur), Mount Batok (the volcanic cone in the foreground) and Mount Semeru (at the back blowing that little wisp of sulphur). These volcanoes are located in East Java, Indonesia. We departed our hotel in jeeps at around 2am, heading for Gunung Penanjakan. If I hadn’t been so excited to be photographing the famous Mt Bromo, I probably would’ve questioned the need to get to this location in the middle of the night, given that it was a loooooooong way off sunrise! But as people of all ages and nationalities started arriving … HUNDREDS of people, I understood. We weren’t there to photograph at night, we were there to get prime positions! Thank you, Agatha and Edwin. Once again, your local knowledge made all the difference :) :) :) We were incredibly lucky to see this. One of our organisers told me this is the tenth time he had been to this location and it was the best he’d ever seen it. To get that pink cloud and the little wisp and no wind… amazing!! Metal prints, canvas prints, art prints etc available at http://www.redbubble.com/people/miekeb/works/15637689-mount-bromo-sunrise
"Minhthukundi Cascade" © Mieke Boynton www.miekeboynton.com / www.facebook.com/MiekeBoyntonPhotography If you want to have "Spa Pool" (aka Minthukundi) in Hamersley Gorge all to yourself for an hour or so before the sun comes up and makes it very difficult to photograph, you have to depart the warmth and comfort of your bed at the Karijini Eco Retreat (or your sleeping bag) and hit the road well before your body's actually ready to do so. I arrived here about 40mins before sunrise... only to find another photographer already there! Still, we both found enough angles to shoot without getting in each others' way, and he was a really lovely fellow from Perth, so it wasn't a problem. I tried to get something a little different from this spot... so I had to do a little manoeuvring to get to this vantage point! I love the Karijini rock formations... and the colours. It really is a spectacular (and very special) part of Australia. Karijini National Park, Western Australia Available for purchase from http://www.redbubble.com/people/miekeb/works/15658343-minthukundi-cascade
Weathering the Storms
Sugarloaf Rock, Western Australia. Buy I email: miekeboynton(at)hotmail.com I Facebook Please don't pin my photos to Pinterest/Tumblr/WeHeartIt etc. You might do the right thing and link to here, but there's a good chance that some of the 200-2000 people who re-blog it won't bother. If I issue a DMCA notice to have it removed, please don't take offence - I'm just protecting my work from becoming Desktop Wallpaper / CD covers / company logos / eBook templates without my permission!