“Tamar Island Wetlands”

The place

If you’re in the north of Tasmania, it’s well worth a visit to the Tamar Island Wetlands. A short ten-minute drive from Launceston, this unique wetlands reserve is a great place to walk and commune with nature. Starting from the interpretation centre a 500 metre walk takes you to a bird hide where you can sit and watch wetland birds on the lagoon.

For a longer option, a 4 km (return) walk along the boardwalk takes you to the 7 hectare Tamar Island. Tracks here are natural surface so people in wheelchairs may find it difficult.

The reserve provides habitat for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, fish and invertebrates, as well as being an important historic landmark in the early settlement of Launceston.

The prep

I was in Tasmania to attend a workshop at Cradle Mountain. I knew beforehand that I was having the day to myself in Launceston before meeting up with the group the following day.

My research usually means hitting Google, Pinterest and Instragram for places to photograph. Tamar Island Wetlands looked like an interesting place to visit and to make an image of the boardwalk amongst the long grass.

It was mid afternoon when I arrived and grabbing my camera gear, headed into the reserve. I usually prefer to go to any information centres after I have spent time walking around places like these so headed along the boardwalk.

As you walk there are signs warning you that the rubber snakes you may see on the walk aren’t rubber and to not touch them. You also hear a lot of rustling amongst the weeds so you know there life in there. You just can’t see most of it. As you get to near creeks and ponds, you may see chicks running around looking for their parents and for cover. I knew the photograph I wanted to capture so keep an eye on the boardwalk and how it heads in different directions.

I found this scene and after putting my gear down and just taking in the view, decided it was going to be the photo for the day.

Setting up my camera and tripod, I made a few minor adjustments and took the photo.

My thoughts

There are couple of things I like about this photo.

It’s simple. You know what you’re looking at. There are few visual distractions.

The clouds are just right. Not too much. Not too little. The blue sky sits nicely behind the clouds.

The question that this photograph asks the viewer. What’s around the bend? That, for me, is the key to this photo.

Thank you for taking the time to read the story of this photograph.

Framing suggestion

There are two options I’ve tried. With both, I’ve used the same mid-tone timber frame.

For the mat options, I’ve chosen an off-white mat and a mocha coloured mat. The mocha is to pick up the brown tones seen at the top of the stalks.