Atherton Tablelands Monochromes 1

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, and journey from Canberra, 7 to 8 August 2022.

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Cape Pallarenda and Magnetic Island.

Canberra to Yungaburra (IR).

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Probably East Feluga/ Friday Pocket area.

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View from Cairns/ Atherton Tablelands Road.

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Cathedral Fig Tree.

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Our welcoming committee to the Atherton Tablelands.

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Curtain Fig Tree.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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Curtain Fig Tree.

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Great Egret, in non-breeding plumage, Hastie’s Swamp.

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Grevillea in flower, Herberton.

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1942 UK Austin, ex Forestry Department, Herberton.

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Boot of dead car.

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Steamroller.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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1936 Pontiac Flat head 6.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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1934 Buick Straight 8.

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Ancient machinery.

Atherton Tablelands in Infrared.

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Old harvesters.

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From the inside looking out.

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Casting a light.

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Inside Elderslie House, Herberton.

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The Dispensary, Herberton.

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Atherton Tablelands in Infrared

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 8-10 August 2022
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A camera with an infrared sensor in broad terms sees infrared, red and green instead of red green and blue.  By default the image for my camera comes out in orange/ yellow tones that then requires processing.  I am interested in where I can take it for creative effect.

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Herberton.

Herberton and Tully Gorge.

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Grevillea Flower.

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Big Millstream Falls.

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Millaa Millaa Falls.

Rainforest and Sugar Gliders.

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Zillie Falls.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

Waterfalls and Striped Possums.

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Same viewpoint but actually a different image as well as a different interpretation. The water shows a different shutter speed.

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Dinner Falls.

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Waterfalls and Striped Possums

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 11 August 2022
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In our third full day in Atherton Tablelands, we first headed off to Mount Hypipamee National Park.  Here we are walking the Dinner Falls circuit.

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

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Dinner Falls.

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Next we walked on to the Mount Hypipamee Crater.

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This is of course a volcanic crater.

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From the viewing platform, there is a drop of 130 metres to the lake which is then a further 73 metres deep.  It’s a long way down.

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I was intrigued by the patterns on the surface of the lake.

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These are partly natural and partly created by people who frequently throw rocks down into the lake.  (Personally, I’d prefer it just to be natural).

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Panoramic view.

After that, I decided to head off to Zillie Falls again.  I had carelessly exposed my images there at high ISO the previous day so thought to try again.  This image is from a viewpoint on the way.

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Zillzie Falls.

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In the late afternoon I was shooting into the light and I didn’t bracket enough, so there is no detail in the sky.

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I decided to head back via the bird hide at Hastie’s Swamp.   That meant a long trip on the back roads, late in the afternoon.  I can’t show you much of what we saw because often the light was fleeting and the narrow winding roads often meant nowhere to pull over.

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At Hastie’s Swamp I took some more photographs of the plumed whistling-ducks in challenging low light conditions of the late afternoon.

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This is the opposite shore, which about 200 metres away.

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Back with the night life where we were staying, the sugar gliders were there initially but when one or two much larger striped possums turned up, they made themselves scarce.

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Here you can see the elongated fourth finger with a long hooked nail that it uses to extract insects and caterpillars from bark and cracks.  In this it is similar to the very weird Aye-Aye from Madagascar.  They are not related though.  The Aye-Aye is a lemur and a very primitive primate whereas the striped possum is a marsupial found mainly in New Guinea and West Irian but also in coastal North Queensland.

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Rainforest and Sugar Gliders

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 9 August 2022
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On our second full day in the Atherton Tablelands, we first headed to Malanda, which was not far.  We discovered a wonderful coffee bar near the Visitors’ Centre with great coffee and perhaps the best muffins I have encountered. The owner told us he is a chef and made the muffins himself, whereas most places purchase premade cheap frozen muffins, with a corresponding cost in taste.  Creeping Americanisation perhaps.

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Krefft’s turtle.

We walked several trails in Malanda Falls Conservation Park on both sides of the road.  We were hoping to encounter a tree kangaroo in one of a number of locations in the Atherton Tablelands but this was not to happen.  However, there was lots more to see.

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There were a number of these turtles swimming round near the bank at a particular location in the North Johnstone River.

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I think there may have been a description of this symbiotic flowering plant in the Visitors’ Centre but I did not record it so I can’t tell you what it is.

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Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons).

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North Johnstone River.

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Funghi by the path.

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Red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) moving quickly through the bush.

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Funghi by the Path.

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Millaa Millaa Falls.

Next we visited the waterfall circuit at Millaa Millaa.

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Zillie Falls.

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With a bit of a scramble, I found a good location for the Zillie Falls and also took some studies of water and rocks.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

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I also had in mind to visit  Crawford’s Lookout, North Johnston Lookout Track, Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Innisfail and Babinda Boulders but we would have needed an extra day for that.

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Returning to our accomodation at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges, we were able to experience nightime observations of sugar gliders (petaurus breviceps longicaudatus).

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A Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) briefly appeared.

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And then it was back to the sugar gliders again, feeding on the sap of a tree.

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Herberton and Tully Gorge

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 7 to 8 August 2022
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Cairns/ Atherton Tablelands Road.

This is a view from the road from Cairns to Atherton Tablelands.  I posted an infrared view from the same spot in the previous post.

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Curtain Fig Tree.

 In the previous infrared post we saw images of the Cathedral Fig Tree.  This is a different one, close to Yungaburra where we stayed on the first night. the Curtain Fig Tree.

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This tree started out as a seed dropped in the branches of a host tree, presumably excreted by a bird.  Over time, the fig strangled the host, causing it to fall over against another tree and the fig roots reached to the ground, creating the curtain you see.

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Over more time, the host rotted away, leaving just the fig tree.  It is nearly fifty metres tall and you can get a sense of the height of the roots from the people on the platform near ground level at lower right.  It is believed to be around five hundred years old.

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On our way south, we dropped into the Hastie’s Swamp Bird Hide.  These are plumed whistling-ducks, in the reeds near the shore.

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Great Egret, in non-breeding plumage.

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 We next spent a few hours at Herberton.  This is a grevillea in flower at the side of the path..

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One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Herberton was the graveyard of old cars, which we will see more of in a future infrared post.  The is a 1942 UK Austin, ex Forestry Department.

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Time takes its toll.

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This small bird is a Chowchilla, the southern subspecies orthonyx melasmenus with a longer beak.

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Dodge emblem.  The text says Dodge Brothers and is probably from the 1930s.

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1936 Pontiac Flat head 6.

I don’t think this one would make a good getaway car, given that it has wooden stumps instead of rear wheels.

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1934 Buick Straight 8.

The cornering ability of this one is probably suspect.

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No identification for this one.

Since it has no wheels, maybe it was intended to fly.

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Perhaps the front of an engine housing.

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Gone full circle.

Different view of the same grevillea.  I realised my shutter speed had only been 1/10 sec so retook it, but need not have worried due to image stabilisation on the lens.

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Inside Elderslie House, home of J.Newell, Founder of Herberton.

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Herberton was established by John Newell in 1880 for tin mining.  In late 1880 it had a population of 300 males and 27 females. The Historic village opened in 1973, on the edge of the actual town of Herberton.  It was created by Harry Skennar and includes buildings and artefacts from nearby and further afield.  There are probably forty or fifty buildings including historic shops.

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Coach House.

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Day’s Garage.

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The Dispensary or Chemist.

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Dispensary window ledge.

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Driving on further south towards Tully Gorge, we visited Big Millstream Falls near Ravenshoe.

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Tully Gorge Lookout.

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That bare patch in the lower mid right is where Tully Falls was when it was the largest waterfall in Queensland.  The free flow of the Tully River was stopped in 1960 by the construction of the Koombooloomba Dam, so now the falls only flow during a big wet season.  The road to Tully Gorge Lookout has been sealed for only a couple of years.

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A stream flowing by the path on the walk down to the lower viewpoint.

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Cliffs and trees from the lower viewpoint.

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A closer view of the Tully River above where the falls used to be and might be again from time to time.

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Looking down also at the Tully River, downstream of the falls, now only occasionally fed by the waterfall.

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Canberra to Yungaburra (IR)

Canberra ACT to Yungaburra Queensland via Cairns, 7 August 2022
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Click on any image to see it larger (If you are on a PC at least).

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These images from a plane journey from Canberra to Cairns and then by road from  Cairns to Yungaburra in the Athertion Tablelands.

These are all infrared images.  Since my previous post was about processing IR images in Capture One and I also mentioned processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, I indicate how I processed each image.  PS is Photoshop, with modifications before and after in Lightroom, LR is Lightroom and C1 is Capture One.  Not that that really tells you much except that you can get a whole range of results from any method.

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10 mins from Canberra.  Not clear exactly where. (PS)

I have been producing colour infrared images on and off since the early 1980s, which of course was at that time on film (and printing Cibachrome).  I like the wild range of possibilities from the radical to the subtle.  There are many other approaches to infrared images and I do not expect mine to be to everyone’s taste.

However, I showed these images to a visiting friend on my large computer monitor and he exclaimed “These are paintings!” and compared this image and two later from the Cairns/ Atherton Road to images by Sydney Nolan from the Red Desert series.  Not something I had considered or was even aware of.

Make of these what you will.  I make no claims and have no expectations.  They are for me a creative challenge and a different world.

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Lake Dalrymple below (west of Mackay, Queensland). Lake Upstart National Park in far distance. (LR)

Everything looks so different from the air.

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Magnetic Island and Cape Cleveland. (LR)

Antivaxxers and Libertarians tell us you can’t believe any media, government or institution.  Isn’t it a terrible thing that no-one tells us about the nuclear accidents that boil the land and turn the seas red.

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Cape Pallarenda and Magnetic Island. (PS)

Day and night happen at the same time, as the sun turns into a moon.

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Palm Islands (Esk Island, Brisk Island, Eclipse Reef, Great Palm Island). (LR)

It looks real but is it really?

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Hinchinbrook Island (foreground) and Brook Islands. (LR)

The pastel shades of the released imagination.

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Gould Island. Garden reef in front. (PS)

If I’d taken video footage from the air I could have made a blue movie.

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Tull River. South Mission Beach in the distance. (LR)

The classic reddish colours of a Queensland autumn (though it’s actually winter).

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Innisfail and Johnstone River. (LR)

As autumn fades, so do the colours.

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Looking past Mulgrave River, Malbon Thompson Forest Reserve and Grey Peaks National Park to a distant view of Cape Grafton, Fitzroy Island and beyond. (LR)

We are getting closer to the tropics.  You know the camera never lies so this is realistic colour.

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Probably East Feluga/ Friday Pocket area. (LR)

And so is this.  It’s not that I am wearing rose tinted glasses, the whole world has suddenly changed.

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I think Maria Creek in the foreground; Barnard Island off the coast; Barrier Reef in the background. (PS)

The landscape is trying to turn into the Gambian flag.  Perhaps we’re about to be invaded.

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Just before landing at Cairns Airport. (PS)

Back to normal reality.

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View from Cairns/ Atherton Tableland Road. (C1)

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View from Cairns/ Atherton Tableland Road. (C1)

A desert landscape, maybe?

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Cathedral Fig Tree (C1)

Needing some respite, I stopped for a while at the ancient Forest of Fangorn, not far from the Misty Mountains.

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Cathedral Fig Tree (C1)

The weather was changing minute by minute.

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Cathedral Fig Tree (C1).

The trees had much to say.

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Cathedral Fig Tree (C1).

And dreams escaped to the sky.

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Our welcoming committee to the Atherton Tablelands (C1).

And then our dreams were gathered up and returned to us by the Guardians of The Ether.

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