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Lush rainforest paradise

Hopetoun Falls

Otway Ranges, near Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia


Hopetoun Falls is one of my favourite waterfalls in Victoria. I've visited it several times, but the conditions have never been great for photography. Last weekend, the weather seemed just right for waterfall photography; the clouds were overcast and it had been raining for a 24 hours. I took a chance and drove 180km to photograph this waterfall. As I neared the falls, the rain seemed to get heavier and heavier; had I wasted my drive? Luckily, as I climbed down the steep path to the falls, the rain eased to a light drizzle. As you can see, the light rain made the foliage and rocks glisten and enhanced their colour. The falls were full, but no so full that all the streams merged into one bright torrent of water. I spent over an hour clambering around this location with my tripod and gumboots looking for a different, non-cliche perspective. I hope you enjoy the result.

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Taken on November 13, 2010