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Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park,  Western Australia | by Matthew Stewart | Photographer
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Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Western Australia

Gear: Canon 5D Mk II| Canon 17-40

 

Settings: ISO 100 | f/16 | 30.0 | 40mm

 

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Well.

 

The last 10 days has been a wild one, that's for sure.

 

I flew out of Brisbane during the flood crisis to a very dry Western Australia.

 

I caught a 4 hour lift with Nick Rains down to Bunker Bay where I stayed at the most stunning of resorts. The gourmet Breakfast was incredible and not only did I have a chance to shoot with some of the greats, Nick Rains and Christian Fletcher, I was able to photograph an incredible natural formation called Sugarloaf Rock within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Christian the lucky chap has this 10 minutes from his place in Dunsborough and it is so easy to get to and photograph.

 

You experience so much different light at Sugarloaf Rock. The beautiful pre-dawn glow as seen in this image on the rock (best place for predawn I've ever been to, ever) sunrise light and then as the light hits the rock it travels down the rock face making it bright orange. Imagine this rock in a storm or moonlight or sunset or or or....*faints*!

 

And the foregrounds...oh the foregrounds. Silver trees. Red rocks. I shot this rock 3 mornings straight and loved it every-time.

 

I learned too many things. So many advanced processing tips that my mind is still numb, and I'm really frustrated too because some of the work I did with the group, I can't remember and I'm having trouble replicating it! Gah!

 

The break was needed and now I'm day 3 into my 5 day relief effort helping families during the flood event in Brisbane. So tired so I think it's time for bed.

 

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

 

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is a national park in the South West region of Western Australia (Australia), 267 km south of Perth. It is named after the two locations at either end of the park which have lighthouses, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. It is located in the Augusta-Margaret River and Busselton council areas, and is claimed to have the highest visiting numbers of any national park in Western Australia.

 

It has significant stands of karri and jarrah forest, as well as an extensive network of caves - some of which are accessible by the public.

 

The rugged coastline stretches 120 km from the northern end at Bunker Bay to Augusta at the southern end and has many features of interest including the granite formations, sugarloaf rock and canal rocks. The coastal area also contains many beaches with well known surf breaks such as Supertubes, Yallingup beach and Smiths Beach.

 

The vegetation found in the park varies from the coastal scrub-heath along the coastline that opens up into large areas of peppermint trees, banksia and karri forest.

 

A large variety of bird species inhabit the park including many sea birds, Red-eared Firetail, White-breasted Robin, Rock Parrot and Emu. Native mammals that can be found within the park include Southern Brown Bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, Common Ringtail Possum and brush-tailed wallabies.

 

Queensland Flood Relief Donation Appeal - www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

 

Kane Gledhill autographed print! And frame! ALL MONEY RECEIVED GOES TO THE FLOOD APPEAL - PLEASE BID! - cgi.ebay.com.au/Signed-Panoramic-Landscape-Print-Kane-Gle...

 

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Taken on January 15, 2011