The winter is dragging on and we seem to be getting storm after storm. It has been raining almost continuously for 24 hours now. I thought it would be interesting to see Boranup forest in the rain, and it was worth the trip. The light was very good – normally it is very contrasty in the forest, but in the rain it is a soft even light.
For those who are not familiar with the South West, Boranup is a re-growth Karri Forest that was originally logged in the 1920’s. All the trees are roughly the same size, and as they have been competing with each other for sunlight they have all grown straight and tall. It is the westernmost stand of Karri in Western Australia.
This tree came down in the recent storm, and had to be cut off the road. I liked the pattern of the log that was left behind.
While we were in the forest the cloud cover was being burnt off and the light became very harsh. However this shot just scraped in. It seems to break a few rules (the eye is lead to several different places for example). However I think it works and it provides a different perspective of the karri tree in the centre. I originally suggested to Mark that we try Boranup because with the cherry picker we could avoid the “looking up” shots of the giant trees and this worked well.
Here is a shot taken from the cherry picker in Boranup forest. From the ground you cant see through the forest like this because you are stuck in the undergrowth that you see the top of here. At this point the sky was cloudy and the light was beautiful, very soft. Soon after this the sun burnt off the clouds and the light became very harsh – very contrasty, and the results were not as good.
This was taken about half way along the Boranup Drive. It is worth taking this deviation off Caves Road if you are in the area.
This area was logged around 1920, and this is all regrowth Karri forest. As the trees are roughly the same age they competed with each other for light and as a result are all very tall and straight. When driving south along Caves Road, south of Margaret River you come around a bend and are confronted with the sight of these trees. I am surprised there are not more accidents here as cars tend to pull up anywhere to look at the trees.
I found this difficult to photograph, largely because every time I left Dunsborough in sunny weather to photograph the forest, it was raining by the time I arrived! However the good news for photographers is that you don’t need to be here at sunrise to get the best photos. At that time the sun is still below the canopy. The best time is an hour or so before sunset or after sunrise, so you get the sidelight.