On our way back from our recent trip to Canberra we had a bit of a dream come true. If you’ve never seen this surreal landscape of you could be forgiven for thinking that it was the result of relentless logging but the Monaro Plain just one of those weird quirks of geography, too cold for seedlings but not high enough for alpine trees. It does however present a unique photo opportunity with the rolling hills and almost moonscape feel. While there are many ways to make the most of this stunning and rugged landscape we’d been hoping to catch a storm rolling over those hills and at last we’d got one.
One of the most interesting things about this vista is the huge array of wind generators. We think they are beautiful. Their sweeping blades and clean lines make a stunning focal point in this landscape. Set against the backdrop of the approaching storm they speak of power and our human ability to work with nature instead of trying to tame it.
It was a little bit scary taking these photos. There was lighting but we didn’t manage to catch any shots of it- not for lack of trying though! We stuck to the safest options and moved on before the storm got too close to us. As awesome as lightning shots are, out there on a naked plain our safety was more important. Despite the lack of bolts of lightning in our shots we came away very satisfied with what we got. It just goes to show that the best images are not just about the right place and the right time, it’s about just the right conditions too.
Next on our list- back up to the Monaro for some epic astro shots. We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather and checking the ephemeris for the right conditions. Till then we hope you enjoy these images of wind and power.