Hunter River, Ash Island, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
I decided to put my camera in the car today hoping that I might get a bit of time after work to stop for some photos. The sunsets this week have been quite nice but on each occasion I've been without my camera. After a crazy day at work where nothing seemed to go right I needed to wind down and this is where I ended up. I've never been here before and didn't even know it existed or how to get there. I was sort of just drawn here after pulling off the road that I've driven to and from work for over 20 years, following a dirt road until I came to a gate and walking along a track not knowing what I might find. I stopped here as the sun put on a show and chilled out by taking a few photos. It was dark on the way back to my car and I managed to see (and photograph) a snake, some frogs and lots of huge spiders that had put up their webs along the track I walked in on earlier. I felt much more relaxed after that.
For those that have the capability to look at this in the original size, you'll see just left of centre a huge tree stump that seemed to be just sitting in the middle of the river. I would have thought it was quite deep at that spot but the tree trunk appeared to be stuck and was sitting very high out of the water. I've got no idea how long it has been there but it looked odd - there aren't a lot of big trees like that for a long way up river but I guess it was washed down in recent wet weather. When I say big I guess it was at least 20ft around, so from a big-ass, old tree.