Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #47 - Welcome to my new Website - photo prop fun in the snow | Mt Macedon, Macedon Regional Park, Macedon...

Mount Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #1

14 August 2018

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

~Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Welcome to my very first blog post on my brand new website! I've been fussing around with every little detail of it for what seems like an eternity. I chose a style, spent a long time making it pretty, had it almost finished, and then decided I wasn't quite happy with it after all, so started again, from scratch, with a different style. And then proceeded to spend even more time working on it. Now, I'm happy. Exceedingly happy. And rather than wait until I had my whole portfolio uploaded, I've decided to go live - with just one very special two-part series of images, and one blog post. But stay tuned, cos there's lots more to come. This website is a work in progress.

Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #33 - McGregors Picnic Ground - where the fairies dwell

There was simply no more fitting a series to kick things off with than the shoot I did in the snow on Mt Macedon over three magical days in late August/early September 2017. I simply don't have the words to describe just how special this place is to me. Or how deeply connected I feel to it. Or to explain the many magical experiences I've had here over the years. Mt Macedon calls to my soul, again and again. It's my escape. My refuge. The place that when I arrive, I never want to leave. And I unreservedly and unapologetically want to have it all to myself when I am here.

Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #14 - Days Picnic Ground - when it snows, what do you do? You build snowmen, of course | Mt Macedon, Macedon...
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #11 - Lions Head Road

I waited a long time to experience this kind of white magic on the Mount. I'd experienced snow here before, but never like this. The weather gods were certainly smiling when they served up not one but three of the most perfect days I have ever had in this beautiful place. I literally spent hours (many hours) wandering around with my camera gear, revelling in the cold, the fog, the mist, the rain, the hail, the snow, the whiteness and the magic of it all. I didn't even mind having frozen fingers! I got lost, and I just wanted to stay lost.

Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #11 - Sanatorium Lake
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #2 - Lions Head Road
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #9 - Sanatorium Lake
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #10 - Sanatorium Lake

Over the three days, I shot with a wide angle lens, and Lensbaby's gorgeous Edge 50 Optic (I totally heart Lensbaby). I ended up with a large portfolio of images, and have chosen some of my favourites, and separated them into two Galleries - PART 1 (wide angle) and PART 2 (Lensbaby). I've posted a few of these images to social media previously, but most haven't seen the light of day until now. And there are still plenty more on my hard drive.

Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #15 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #17 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #12 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground | Mount Macedon, Macedon Regional Park, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
Mt Macedon | A Winter Wonderland #19 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #2 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #1 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground - with a little Lensbaby magic thrown in | Mt Macedon, Macedon Regional Park, Macedon...
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #4 - Sanatorium Picnic Ground

The above seven photos were taken at what was arguably the prettiest spot on the whole Mount, Sanatorium Picnic Ground. Certainly from this photographer's perspective, at least. This is what it looked like on 28 August, 2017. Sadly, it no longer looks this way. Parks Victoria recently bulldozed a large area of non-native poplar trees, to make way for more native vegetation. These poplars were part of a government nursery that was located on this site back in the 1800s, and were somewhere between 100-150 years old. I understand and appreciate that they are doing what they need to do, but I am, nonetheless, heartbroken. I've seen what the site looks like now, and know how beautiful it was then. You had to experience the place to really understand. It had such an amazing energy. I could definitely feel it the day I stood in the falling snow and took these shots. For the most part, I had the whole grounds to myself, just me and the trees and the forest dwellers. I cherished the experience and forever will. The century-old non-natives interspersed with the native trees and vegetation is very much what made this picnic ground so very special. It saddens me that another significant part of the Mount's history has been forever lost. A little bit of it's magic died with the loss of those beautiful trees. I knew when this shoot first happened, and the way it all unfolded at the time, that it was a very special experience I was having. Now, the photos and video footage I took that day take on a whole new level of special. They're shots I will never get again. And nor will anyone else.

Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #22 - Photobombed - McGregors Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #21 - Photobombed - McGregors Picnic Ground | Mt Macedon, Macedon Regional Park, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia,...
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #27 - Photobombed - McGregors Picnic Ground
Mt Macedon | A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #25 - Photobombed - McGregors Picnic Ground

These guys. I was just about to start shooting at McGregors Picnic Ground, when they rocked up for some snow play, and photobombed the shot. They unwittingly timed it perfectly. I couldn't resist the temptation to take a few sneaky pics when they weren't looking. They were too busy playing to notice!

Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #48 - Photo prop fun in the snow
Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #52 - Photo prop fun in the snow
Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #49 - Photo prop fun in the snow
Mt Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #51 - Snow...it's a beautiful thing
Mount Macedon - A Lensbaby Winter Wonderland #54 - Photo prop fun in the snow

And... photobombed again... by these guys! Seems they love the snow as much as I do. I'm an avid collector of preloved, miniature photo props. Some of them will be making their way into a collection of mini artworks coming soon.

This website is a work in progress. So stay tuned. :)

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