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 Water is the most precious commodity

we have. We drink it, we wash in it, we

grow things with it, use it in industrial

and manufacturing and sculpt it into

shapes that please us.


Water is the most fascinating substance

and I love to photograph it in many forms.    

Water is one of the most important of all natural

resources. It is vital for all living organisms and major

ecosystems, as well as human health, food production

and economic development. Difficult to purify,

expensive to transport and impossible to substitute,

water is essential to life. It is a precious resource that has too long been taken for granted.


What’s the situation with the world’s water?

Clean water is not an infinite resource. There is a fixed

amount which cannot be increased, yet it is constantly

under threat from overuse and pollution. In the past

100 years the world population tripled, but water use

increased sixfold1 . Rivers and lakes are stretched to

their limits – many of them dammed, dried up or

polluted. With groundwater taking an average of 1400

years to be replaced, aquifers are being drained far

faster than their natural rate of recharge. Eighty

countries, accounting for 40% of the world’s population, already experience serious water shortages.


Despite improvements about one-sixth of the world’s population doesn’t have access to safe water and half of do not have access to adequate sanitation. Australians use a million litres of water per person per year while those in water scarce places such as the Middle East have access to less than one thousand litres per person per year.








Water splashing through rocks makes its way downstream until it finally finds the ocean!






Light is caught in the cascading water and a tree root is well positioned to soak up the precious commodity.




Light is caught in the cascading water and a tree root is well positioned to soak up the precious commodity.




Water slowly drips from a sandstone ledge.




Water falling over a rock makes an interesting pattern with bubbles making ripples at the base of the pool.




Water is the perfect mirror but as water is disturbed it can distort the image.




The image in this pool is certainly not disturbed.




Rain hangs from this vine ready to fall to the ground of to be evaporated to the sky.




This stream of water flows magically through the boulders in its way.




Waterfalls cascade through mossy rocks.




Early morning mist makes the lake look like something out of a poem!

Usually these trees are covered with water but because the water is so low in

Lake Eucumbene they are uncovered. Trees like this provide a habitat for many of the

crustations that trout feed on as well as providing shelter for the trout themselves.




With the red earthen edges of the land and the clear blue of the water and the sky, being on the lake is a

peaceful experience. You can see how low the lake is as the water usually comes right up to the tree line.




Dead trees litter the edge of the lake uncovered and waiting to return to their watery world.

A small fishing boat sits by the trees and fishermen wait for a bite.




A small waterhen, one of the many waterbirds to live on the lake, comes by to check me out!




This brown mountain duck swims by, hopeful for a morsel of food!





A cormorant dries his wings and suns himself before his next dive!




Three seagulls fly close to the water as they head for home just before dusk!




Sunsets never cease to amaze me!  This one certainly didn't leave me disapointed.




Another Snowy Mountains sunset stands like a painting against the evening sky!




Another sunset graces the sky over Lake Eucumbene!




Another sunset graces the sky over Lake Eucumbene!





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Photographer (1921-1986)





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Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

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larger format on the Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

The Opera house can be seen



Harbour Ballroom...A floating entertainment venue that seats

more than 300 guests whilst sailing

around Sydney Harbour.



Cockle Bay Board Walk


City Lights at night


Opera House and

Sydney Harbour Bridge


The city at night looking across the

Harbour is almost magical


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The buskers abound around Circular Quay. This aborigine is playing a didgeridoo, a traditional Australian native instrument.


Lunar Parks Big face looks over

Sydney Harbour and the

Harbour Bridge


The following photos and more

of Cumberland Forest

can be seen here!


Banksia Spinulosa


Banksia Spinulosa


Flowering Pink Gum


Flowering Red Gum


Yellow Grevillea


Winter Wattle


Presiara Gum


The following photos and more

of Taronga Zoo

can be seen here!


Asian Tiger


Asian Tiger


Snow Leopard


Masai Mara Lion


Adult Fur Seal


Large Chameleon


Female Chimpanzee with son


Water Hen


The following photos and more

of Sydney's Butterflies

can be seen here!


Nacaduba berenice


Nacaduba berenice


Psychonotis caelius (Danis taygetus)



The following photos and more

of the Northern Beaches

can be seen here!


It's a great place for surfers who share the beach with sea creatures.

Here is a sponge that has landed

on the beach!


Discarded shells can be found all

the way along the beach.


This shellfish is hanging onto the rock, waiting for the return of the sea!


There's plenty of activity from the surf that continually crashes onto the rocky shore.


Monavale beach at sunset shows

it's true colours!


Monavale beach at sunset shows

it's true colours!


You wouldn't want to stand on these bluebottles with bare feet!


Sea Anemones are the flowers of the ocean!  Here is a common view amongst the rock pools along the beach.


A starfish clings to life on a rock

after the tide has receded.



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