Port Arthur – Island of the Dead

Between 1833 and 1877, about one thousand burials took place on the island.  The majority were convicts and ex-convict paupers who were buried mostly in unmarked graves on the lower part of the island. The graves of free people were located on the high side of the island and were sometimes marked by elaborate headstones cut by the convict stonemasons.

The Isle of the Dead is a small island located in the harbour adjacent to the Port Arthur Historic Site.  Originally called Opossum Island, it was selected as a burial place by the Reverend John Manton in 1833.

these two images say soo much about port arthur :)

Lens Dust? Does it really matter…

At first I was always worried about dust, got really worried when my 18-200mm started filling up with little specs, over time I have come to realise that even dust plonked on the rear element has little effect on the overall quality of the image. Now I worry more about composing the shot then the possibility of dust inside! Probably the right way round.

For example, take my 55mm micro lens, this lens is nice, very nice, considered very sharp and has a good rep, my one came secondhand and was missing part of the focus ring :) It also had a by yello dust blob on the inside of the rear element, not centre stage but off to one side, at first I was worried, then after taking some shots, then more shots, then craploads of shots, I have never seen any degradation of the image quality even when trying to look in the spot where it might be.

Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Cradle Mountain is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, yes it would appear they were not terribly imaginative when naming this one :)

The biggest drawcard for the Cradle Mountain end of the park is the diversity of walks, not necessarily the variation in length and difficulty factor, which most parks in Tassie seem to have anyway (which is awesome for attracting a large range of tourists) but the diversity in the environment in such a relatively small space. Take for example the Ronny’s Creek to Summit walk, you walk through button grass fields and small creeks followed by a section of rainforest and cascading waterfalls, this breaks out to the crater lake and its associated vegetation, more ground hugging and wind swept (that included us:) ). The walk from crater lake to Marions lookout and agin completely different, racky outcrops and small bushes, continuing on to Kitchen hut is bare rock and mossy ground. The finally ascent is a boulder filled funpark with patchs of brush, snow and rock moss stuff (very technical term).

If there was only one place you could go in Tassie and on a time limit, Cradle mountain would be it. It has walks for all types of people, including disabled people (light years ahead of the plebs in NSW). Whether it be a 20 minute stroll through the ENchanted forest of a boulder hopping trip up to the summit, there is a walk catered to you and the weather!

The Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park shares a “Twin Parks” agreement with the World Heritage listed Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China.

Check out Parks and Wildlife Tasmania for more.