Tag Archives: River

New Release – Purity

Purity

What appears at first glace to be just another beautiful mountain stream is in fact the humble beginnings of Australia’s longest river, the Murray. In the pristine Australian Alps and only 40km from Australia’s  highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, three small springs mark the source of this grand river. It’s here the Murray begins its massive 2508km journey to the ocean at Lake Alexandrina in South Australia.

Waking to the soft sound of rain hitting our tent we weren’t overly keen to drag ourselves out of bed, but we donned the wet weather gear and went out for a look anyway. The effort was totally worth it as the river was breathtakingly beautiful under the early morning diffused light. The nights soaking rain had really saturated the colours in the foliage and rocks. Under an umbrella, we set the gear up and patiently waited for a break in the rain. But it seems Mother Nature had other ideas! All morning the rain only just gave reprieve long enough for us to capture one single shot; but that’s all we needed. What a tranquil, pure and calming place…

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New Release – El Cap

El Cap

 

Towering over Yosemite Valley, El Capitan (or more affectionately amongst rock climbers, “El Cap”) rises more than 900 meters (3,000 feet) from the valley floor. Over the eons, this massive lump of pure granite has been carved by glacial action, forming the sheer rock face it has become so famous for. Now considered the standard for big-wall climbing, many routes have been established up El Cap’s Southwest and Southeast wall’s. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson famously completed the first free climb (yes, no ropes!) of the Dawn Wall, considered one of the hardest climbs in the world, Crazy!
Standing in the Merced River as the setting sun casts a warm red glow on El Cap’s Southwest wall, I’m (Shaun) totally blown away with the beauty of the place! I feel so privileged to have experienced the incredible national parks of America’s Southwest, without a doubt one of the most fascinating, beautiful and photogenic regions on Earth. I’ll be back!

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