Natural Bridge and Coomera Track

24 July to 26 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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The second day was something of a rest day because we’d found Dave’s Creek Track more arduous than expected, so we went for a drive to Natural Bridge.  This image combines multiple exposures to enhance shadow detail, which you appreciate more if you click on the image to see it larger.

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A huge log lying in the creek below the natural bridge.

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Back in the carpark, this bush turkey was eagerly patrolling in vain expectation of a handout.

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Long exposure after sunset on the way back.

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The next day, five of us elected to undertake the 17.5 kilometre Coomera Circuit.  This was to be the highlight of the trip.  This is a section of the Coomera Falls.

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Not sure of the name of this waterfall.

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Alan below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Greg below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Another view below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Just at the very bottom of Bahnamboola Falls..

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Gwongarragong Falls.

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Moolgoolong Cascades.

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A small waterfall above Moolgoolong Cascades.

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Funghi on a log on the way back.

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Temperate rainforest on the return path.

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The side of a tree on the return path.

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Back Alcheringa, another view from the balcony.  I actually took this to demonstrate panorama processing but it also serves as an illustration of the magnificence in front of you that you may not think to photograph.

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The next day, returning to the airport, we had some extra time so took a side route and were fortunate enough to see these paragliders just launched at a steep dropoff beside the road in North Tamborine.

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Not many or even no posts for a month or so.  I’m off to Tasmania tomorrow and will probably not have internet access most of the time.

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Alcheringa, Dave’s Creek Circuit and Tullawallal Circuit

26 July to 28 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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A group of seven of us from the Canberra Photographic Society visited Lamington National Park for a few days of walking in the rainforest.

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This is a view from Rosin’s Lookout on the way in.  Mt Warning is in the middle in the distance (We are looking from Queensland towards New South Wales).  Ship’s Stern is to the right of Mt Warning and Springbrook Plateau to the left, rising towards Best Of All Lookout just left out of picture.  Also, Springbrook National Park is to the left of Mt Warning and Lamington National Park to the right.

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From pretty much the same point, here is a farm far below in the valley.  All sorts of interesting details if you click for a larger view.

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We stayed at Alcheringa, a wonderfully appointed house and cottage with magnificent views, and right next to the main complex of Binna Burra.

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We are looking north but I’m not sure of the name of the mountain.  Maybe Mt Tamborine.

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The last two images were in the evening when we arrived.  This and the next are before dawn on the next day.  All from Alcheringa.

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The first full day we went for a walk in Dave’s Creek Circuit.  Here are some backlit ferns along the way.

 

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From one of the lookouts, a view of a distant cliff in Springbrook National Park.

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Looking down from the same lookout on the distant forest.

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A Xanthorrhea (grass tree) flower head and bare Hakea branches.

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The tip of another Xanthorrhea flower head (complete with bee).

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Trees and cliff faces near Molongolee Cave.

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Looking down into the distant valley from Numinbah Lookout.  That’s not a farm below; it must be a hotel, religious retreat or conference centre.  If you click on the image to see it larger there is a man on a horse beside an old wagon.  However, I think it is a statue and not a real horse and rider.

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Surprise Rock with tree and xanthorrhea.

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Looking up at the tree beside Surprise Rock.

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The next morning, we went a walk to Tullawallal Circuit, where there is an ancient stand of Gondwanaland Beech trees.  This red-necked pademelon was at the top in the undergrowth.  Not the best of shots but taken with a long lens in broken light and what can you do?

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A branch of a tree fern nearby.

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An epiphyte catching the light as it grows out of a Gondwanaland Beech tree.

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Binna Burra and Tasmania

24 July to 28 July and 19 August to 18 September 2017
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My trips this year are in Australia. At the time of writing, I have just come back from Binna Burra (Lamington National Park, Queensland) and in a few days will head off to Tasmania where I will walk the Overland Track in winter and undertake a “Wineglass Bay Sail Walk” in a 70 foot ketch.

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I visited Binna Burra in Lamington National Park with members of the Canberra Photographic Society, seven of us in total.  This is an upland temperate rainforest area.  We stayed in self-contained accommodation with wonderful views, undertook several walks of up to 17.5 kilometres and journeyed by car to Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park.

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Binna Burra Index of Posts

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Tasmania Itinerary and Index of Posts

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Blues on Broadbeach 2017

Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland, May 2017.
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Briefly interrupting the stream of posts on South Georgia for a post on a Blues Festival….

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I photographed a wedding for some friends and they shouted me and my partner Jools a weekend away at the Blues on Broadbeach Festival (though Jools was unable to come).

 

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The Turner Brown Band was one of the highlights of the festival.  Dom Turner has been an eminent player on the Australian Blues scene for decades and he brought Nikki Brown and the Browns back from Ohio to play with him in Australia.  Friday was a day of torrential rain and they were moved inside to a small café.  I was lucky to be in early and be able to get up front.  Raw rollicking energy plus expert musicianship.

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This is Mojo Webb, whom I hadn’t seen for many years, with the rain thundering down outside the tent.

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I ducked back to the flat for some reason and this is the view from the corridor near the lift, in the pouring rain.

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Fortunately we had (free) tickets to Russell Morris, who has been around since the 60s but who has reinvented himself in the last few years with a series of great albums.  Almost all other gigs were cancelled from 7:30pm but we were able to relax in a huge concert hall with 2,000 other people.  This is taken from a long way back.

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Ezra Lee (playing with his band), still going in a pub late on Friday night.

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The next morning, this is Craig Bracken and Hal Tupaea of the Flaming Mudcats, from Auckland New Zealand.  A great band previously unknown to me (though I have often seen Hal playing bass for Ray Beadle).

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Gloria Brown, Turner Brown Band.  Different day, different venue.

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Louie Shelton Bluesband.  Louie, from USA but living in the Gold Coast, has played as session musician for many eminent rock bands over the years.

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Tomcat Playground, from Canberra and Sydney.  A very familiar band but always great.

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Peta Lee, with the rhythm and blues band The Vibrolators, from Western Australia.

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Kevin Borich.

The big event on Saturday night was the Are You Experienced 50th Anniversary Concert, with a succession of maestro Australian guitarists.  (This and following three images).  It was played from a marquee at the end of a road with a huge crowd on the road so it was difficult to get close.  These images were taken at as much as 600mm equivalent and may be further cropped.

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Harts.

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Jimi Hocking.

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The 50th Anniversary stage near the climax of the concert.

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Next morning I went to have breakfast at a café with enticing music issuing forth.  This is the James Street Preachers.

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Shane Pacey Band.

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A block away from the skyscraper zone, here is the beach and it is now a fine day.

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Little Billie.

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Al Britten, playing with Wards Xpress.

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Wards Xpress, at the climax of a number.

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Darren Jack, whom I have often seen at festivals, playing in a small crowded venue with an excellent band.

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Ian Moss, the big act to provide a crescendo for Sunday.

I wasn’t official photographer so I had no need to try to cover all bands.  However, this festival showed me that my Fuji equipment lags behind my Nikon equipment for this purpose, mainly for autofocus.  Especially at 12,800ISO, it could take several seconds to find focus and focus was not always precise.  I still got good shots but missed more than usual.

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Phil Barlow of Phil Barlow and the Wolf, playing in a small bar in the dying hours of the festival.

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There are links to many more images from Broadbeach 2017 on the Other Blues Festivals page.

Alternatively, there is the direct link in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

 

Lighthouse Monochromes – Queensland

1987, Queensland, From Dusk Till Dawn

 

When I put up colour images in this Blog from the Bicentennial History of Australian Lighthouses From Dusk Till Dawn, I also intended to put up some monochrome versions. I recently realised I overlooked this and am doing so now.

Most of these images were taken with large format 5×4 cameras using Fujichrome 50 slide film (Velvia did not exist then). A few were taken with medium format cameras Mamiya 645 and 1937 Rolleiflex TLR. Some (which should be easy to identify were taken with a Nikon FE and a 16mm fisheye lens.

Click links for posts on lighthouses with more information and colour images.

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Booby Island, Torres Strait.

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Booby Is – Low tide with rowing boat.

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Booby Island Aboriginal Cave Paintings.

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Booby Island at Dusk.

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Cape Moreton Lens & View.

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Cape Moreton View from top.

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Cape Moreton.

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Cherry Venture at night.

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Cherry Venture in Daytime.

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Double Island Point.

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Double Island Point.  Waves and tower from northern point.

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Double Island Point.  Interior of lighthouse.

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Fitzroy Island.

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View from Fitzroy Is Lighthouse.

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Low Isles Beach.

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Low Isles.

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Sandy Cape (Fraser Island).

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Kerosene lamp.

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Sandy Cape Optic.

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Cape Moreton (Moreton Island)

On 11th June 1987, I had returned to Brisbane and proceeded by ferry to Moreton Island which is just south of Brisbane. The bay where the ferry comes in is towards the southern end of the western side of the island. I remember a picturesque breakwater there made of dead ships but I do not have an image to show you.

Cape Moreton from Beach.Low res scan from book

Cape Moreton from Beach.
Low res scan from book

I was met by one of the lighthouse keepers and received a demonstration of how different the different kinds of four wheel drives can be. The journey to the lighthouse in a Toyota Land Cruiser was very rough and bouncy, whereas the journey back in a Range Rover was almost like being on a road.

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Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Probably Arca-Swiss monorail 5×4″ camera, Linhof Angulon 90mm lens, polariser, Fujichrome 50.

Cape Moreton was built in 1857 and is the only stone Commonwealth lighthouse in Queensland. You can see the staircase at the bottom of the lighthouse leading up to the main door. When a storm got up, whichever keeper was inside the lighthouse stayed there for the duration. This is because the door opened outwards and it was impossible to open it in a gale. The only other lighthouse that I encountered with this characteristic was Maatsuyker Island off Tasmania.

Cape Moreton prism and bulb

Cape Moreton prism and bulb

Here we see Cape Moreton prism with the door open so you can see the bulb. This is a fairly small one as some of them were large enough to stand up inside.

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And here is a view from the very top of the lighthouse, up above the railing and balcony. You can see the beach and the island stretching away into the distance.

Wreck of Cherry Venture

On the 10th of June 1987 I drove north in a rental car from Brisbane to Noosa Heads. There was a continuous urban settlement between the highway and the coast pretty much all the way, but when I got the ferry across the river at Noosa Heads I had left civilisation behind.  One of the keepers from Double Island Point met me and drove me along the long beach to the lighthouse, about fifty kilometres.

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Cherry Venture wreck with distant lighthouse.
6.00pm 10th June 1987.
Arca-Swiss monorail 5×4″, f5.6 20 minutes, 150mm Linhof Schneider Symmar, Fujichrome 50.

And here it is, the Cherry Venture, emerging out of the sand like a Marie Celeste with Double Island Point lighthouse in the distance.

I’m not sure whether this was on the way to the lighthouse or whether we came back later.  It’s a long slow process setting up for exposures on large format film.  The initial exposure here was probably a minute or two, but each time I measured the exposure halfway through it had doubled.  The exposure ended up at 20 minutes and it was pretty dark by then.  I started wondering whether a supplementary light source would work and I suddenly realised I had a lighting kit with me, otherwise known as Landrover headlights.  So I shut my exposure down,  got the keeper to point the Landrover at the Cherry Venture and measured the light.  Then I added a supplementary exposure with the headlights and that is what you see here.

The Cherry Venture ended up on the beach in 1973.  It was sailing from Brisbane to Auckland when it was driven up on the beach by a combination of huge storms with forty foot waves, and because it had no cargo.  You can read the story of this on an ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) page here.

Someone bought the salvage rights soon after it ran aground.  First they tried to refloat it but did not succeed.  Then there were repeated attempts to strip the ship of all its metal.  That didn’t work out so well though and they abandoned the salvage attempt.  A keeper told me there was at least one occasion when a truck laden with metal sank down in the sands and was claimed by the tide.

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I took this exposure the next day when a lighthouse keeper took me back along the beach.  This is more from the rear of the boat and it must be close to the middle of the day.

I could give you the GPS coordinates to go and search for the wreck but it wouldn’t do you much good; it’s not there any more.  It had rusted away over the years and the authorities determined it was unsafe to climb on but they couldn’t keep people off it so it was removed from the beach in 2007.

Double Island Point

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Waves and tower from northern point.
8am or 8:40am 11th June 1987.
Nagaoka Field Camera 5×4″, f8/11 1/50 second, 90mm Linhof Schneider Angulon, Fujichrome 50, Polariser.

You can see Double Island Point lighthouse in the distance with big waves rolling in to the cliffs even though it’s a fairly calm day.  Clearly an appropriate place to build a lighthouse for the tricky passages inside the Great Barrier Reef.  Captain Cook named Double Island Point in 1770 because it looked like two islands, not because he thought it was two islands.

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Waves and tower from northern point.
8:20am 11th June 1987.
Nagaoka Field Camera 5×4″, f8/11 1/50 second, 90mm Linhof Schneider Angulon, Fujichrome 50, Polariser.

I took two exposures from pretty much the same place.  This is the one that’s in the book.  By the clouds I’d guess there’s about 20 minutes between them.  This was also one of the prints that was in the exhibition in the Link Gallery and then the New Parliament House.  I have the exposure details because they were in the catalogue for the exhibition.  I made a database of all image details but that’s been lost.  I still have a notebook with details for many images but I must have been using a different one for Queensland.

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I was not the only one who was impressed by the waves.  There were at least twenty surfers there and you can see some if you look carefully.

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Here they are again, with three of them just catching the crest with the wave about to break.  They are of course large marine mammals, otherwise known as dolphins.

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Nagaoka Field Camera 5×4″, exposure unknown, probably 90mm Linhof Schneider Angulon, Fujichrome 50, probably with Polariser.

Here is another view from a similar location, still looking towards the distant lighthouse.

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This is one of the keepers’ quarters at Double Island Point.  The lighthouse was built in 1883 but the cottage would be much more recent as the original ones were later replaced.

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Probably Arca-Swiss Monorail 5×4″ with Schneider Super Angulon 65mm.

Here is the stairwell of the lighthouse.  It is made of wood, as you can see, and the outer cladding of the lighthouse was metal.  This was a method of construction often used in Queensland, being both cheaper than traditional stone construction and sitting lighter on sandy soils.  When the clockwork mechanism rotated the prisms of the lighthouse, the weights slowly went down inside the central wooden column.

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Here is a page of details of the lighthouse, on the centre column on the previous image.  You may just be able to read it (if you have a large enough screen or maybe if you click on it for a larger view).

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This is the clockwork mechanism that originally rotated the lights, with a profusion of brass gears.  The keepers needed to wind it up every couple of hours or so.  It has however been replaced by the electric motor that sits on top of it.

Sandy Cape (Fraser Island)

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Sandy Point lighthouse.
Exposure detail not available.
At a guess, Arca-Swiss 5×4″ monorail camera and Linhof Angulon 90mm lens for somewhere between 10 seconds and 3 minutes. Fujichrome 50.

I’m not sure whether I arrived on Fraser Island by plane or boat, but I think by plane.  Either way, I was met by one of the keepers who drove me to the lighthouse along the beach below the high water line.  On the way, he told me of the frequent sorry end of many visitors who drove along the beach.  The surface appeared to be firm, level and safe so some drivers drove quite fast.  The trouble was that there could be washaways where creeks ran out on the beach and these could appear to the driver with little notice.  Consequently, visitors would regularly pile their four wheel drives into little sand canyons and often they would not be able to extricate the vehicle before it was claimed by the sea.

I think this was the first Queensland lighthouse I visited in which case it would be late May 1987.   At this time the corrupt and repressive Joh Bjelke Peterson government ruled the roost in Queensland.  Never having been to Queensland before, I was thinking I would have to be very careful of what I said but I was forgetting the Joh ruled only due to a gerrymander and his National Party received less than 30% of the vote.  The Fraser Island keepers probably voted Labor and in any case I didn’t have to mind my tongue and we got on fine.

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Lighthouse staircase.
Exposure detail not available.
Probably Nikon FE, 16mm f3.5 fisheye lens, Fujichrome 50.
(Low res scan from book)

The cast iron circular staircase.  The red beam is just a warning for heads.  Sandy Cape was one of only two all-metal lighthouses in Queensland.  It was built in 1870 and is twenty-six metres high.

Sandy Cape optic. Nikon FE with 16mm f3.5 AI fisheye lens, Fujichrome 50.(Low res scan from book).

Sandy Cape optic.
Nikon FE with 16mm f3.5 AI fisheye lens, Fujichrome 50.
(Low res scan from book).

Here is the small, fourth-order optic of the lighthouse.  Originally the light source would have been a kerosene lantern, the lens array would have sat in a bed of mercury and a clockwork mechanism turned it.  Over the years this was upgraded.  Here there is an electric light behind the prism and an electric motor turns the light.

Kerosene lamp. 35mm, not fisheye. At a guess, Nikon FE with Vivitar Series 1 28mm f1.9 lens, Fujichrome 50.

Kerosene lamp.
Exposure detail not available.
Probably, Nikon FE, Vivitar Series 1 28mm f1.9 lens, Fujichrome 50.

Here is a kerosene lamp that I presume would have been the light source for a nineteenth century lighthouse, though I don’t know which one.    The middle left knob has a ratchet so that must be to raise and lower the three wicks.  Perhaps each wick sits in a separate brass doughnut and the other knobs allow adjusting the supply of kerosene to individual wicks.  We can see the numbers 2 and 3 engraved on the side so there was probably a number 1 for the other knob (and wick).

Fitzroy Island

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Fitzroy Island is off the coast of northern Queensland, just south of Cairns.  Here we have the usual assemblage of keepers’ quarters and other buildings along with the lighthouse.  Lighthouse buildings built further south in the nineteenth century would be of stone but here I think the houses appear to be wood and the sheds fibro (asbestos sheeting) or corrugated iron.

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This is a very recent lighthouse.  The first lighthouse here was built in 1943.  All the unmanned lights in the Great Barrier Reef area had been turned off to thwart Japanese raiders and the manned ones were turned on only for identified ships as they passed.  In these circumstances they needed to build another lighthouse here.

The keeper cottages may date to 1943 but the original lighthouse was replaced to project a more powerful light and the current one dates from 1973.  Since it is recent, instead of huge prisms we see an array of parabolic reflectors to project the light.  Here we are looking north west towards the mainland.  When I took this picture the lighthouse was merely 14 years old yet there are already several noticeable cracks in the concrete.  It may be that construction standards of lighthouses have declined since the nineteenth century.

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