This is the Dubuji Boardwalk at Cape Tribulation. We came here during the wet season, a time when rivers would usually flood after heavy rainstorms. We would hide under big leaves whenever we get sporadic rainstorms during the hike. It was fun but semi-miserable. I liked the whole part of taking in the environment and the setting, but knowing that my gears are vulnerable to moisture environments put off my confidence in capturing the essence of the scene.
This is the front yard of the resort we stayed at in Kuranda, Australia. It is a wonderful resort and it was the best lodging experience we had in this vacation. There was a lot of surprising encounters during our stay. Two of the more remarkable ones were petting a people-friendly Kangaroo that the resort keeps as a pet, and watching an incredible sunset from the resort’s pond. As I was composing for this HDR, I envisioned this to be my life in paradise.
Hands down to the most unique dining experience ever! This restaurant is secluded and is right in the middle of the rainforest! My family and I had to drive through a beaten road to get to the resort. Along the road, there are signs to reassure us that we are not lost. Once we got to the resort, the owner there gave us a tour. There were kangaroos and peacocks roaming around the resort as we tour through, and the animals would come to the restaurant for food occasionally. Once we got to the restaurant, I had to set up for this shot!
The Zillie Falls is in the trio of the waterfalls on the Waterfall Circuit. Every waterfall is easily accessible within a short walk from the parking lot, and each has an amazing view! The rainforest is especially vibrant that particular day because the day had more rain than usual. When I got here, the sun came out just in time for me to capture the glory of this waterfall.
These fishies are the symbol of the Cairns’s Espanade Lagoon. Shooting at this late made me wonder how awesome it would be to be here at sunset time; the lights should be pretty magnificent right? Then I thought about how crowded the lagoon would be since this would be the perfect place to enjoy the sunset at Cairns. It must be difficult to get a shot without people in it! I mean, there were people hanging out around here when I took the shot. Since people were swimming around, I was able to take them out with my long exposure shot. The water looks silky smooth too!
Remember those long and tedious drives that put you to sleep? Well, I didn’t feel like that driving through Daintree National Park. I think part of it is because I don’t live in a rainforest environment, and part of it is because the drive is spectacular. I actually drove past this tea plantation field, and had to go back for this shot, but it was worth the effort! The people there actually set up a booth where you can buy their local tea leaves in a self-service box, and it’s good!
This is by far the coolest public pool I have seen! The water here is pretty shallow, so I think this place is more for people hanging out and sunbathing than swimming. I can just imagine it being the perfect place to hang out during the summer time!
Australia was awesome; too much to see, and not enough time! It’s been a long time (a good three weeks!) since my last post, so I thought I would put up an Australia HDR. This was taken at the Tamborine National Park Rainforest Skywalk. Walking through the skywalk was fun and exciting. Since the skywalk was built pretty high up, you could feel the bridge wobble as you walk through it. When we got to this bridge, my brother turned around and asked for a picture! I thought that was interesting because I was hoping he would walk past it so I could set up and take my shot! Anyway, we ended up taking a family portrait here too, except the bridge was not wide enough to fit the four of us!