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Field Trip – It is Falling

Marshy Mushrooms

Can you guess where we went?  Here is a hint.

We took a drive to Erskine Falls.  The falls are behind Lorne, about a 10km drive.  I thought we were going to be in for a long work, but instead, we had to go down 220 metres of steps.  It was a long way down.  It was very wet and probably quite dangerous.

It is an interesting spot.  It really is for tourists, and there were quite a few people there.  The stuff I read said that it was popular and there would be people there, but I think we were hoping that on a day of drizzling weather and it being cold people would stay away. It wasn’t so.  It could have been a lot worse.

It is a very long skinny waterfall and at the bottom are these rocks.  It was very hard to see the water running though them.  I did use my neutral density filter to get the marshmallow effect.  Though, I felt we were really limited with where you could stand to take photos.  A platform had been built to stand on, but that also introduced movement as it moved every time some one walked on it.  It would have been nice to get up closer to it, but you have to respect that they don’t really want you doing that.

We walked downstream, and it was hard to find some where to take images that didn’t have people in them.  I think it is part of the reason why photographers pick times when the rest of the population don’t like to be out and about.

These were so tiny.  I don’t have a macro lens, so had to do the best with what I had.  I thought the mushroom families were gorgeous and had to include the second family in the background.

This image was taken from the platform that was 80 metres from the top.  We had decided that we would go to the bottom first, then take little breaks to photograph stuff on the way back up.  Though, having gone down and back up, the going down was much harder, it was sort of scary.  Going back up, well, we were back up the top before we knew it.  When we got back to the car, the car park was full and there was so many more people there, well, let’s just say we were happy to be leaving.

I think if I was going to go there again, I would go earlier in the morning.  Just after the sunrise, so it would be light enough to see, but too early for the tourists.  It would have been so nice to have had the whole place to ourselves.

Now Some Business

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that WordPress have made some changes.  If you post a comment on someone’s blog, or you reply to a post on your post, every time someone else posts a comment, or posts a comment on your blog, you will get an email.  So if you look at a lot of blogs, like I do, and post comments, you could potentially end up with hundreds of emails.  Apparently it is the new default that WordPress has decided that we need.

So how do you avoid this, well if you don’t want all the emails, you do have options, one of them is uncheck the box when are making a comment.  Go to someone’s blog and take a look at the comments and you will see the box there,

Leanne Cole: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change )

 Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

This is the box, you need to click on it, so you don’t get the follow-up emails.

If you forget to do that, you do have another option, when you get the follow-up emails, if you look at the bottom of them is says something like “Modify your subscriptions”, so you click on that, and you can check the boxes of the blogs that don’t don’t want to get follow-up emails for.

I hope that helps anyone wondering what to do.  I have spoken to them about it, but they don’t seem to care about what we want.  Well I don’t like it.

I’ve also noticed that the way you look at other blogs with the topics button has also changed, I really don’t like the new way they do that either.  I find I have to download too much and my blog never seems to appear on it, so is it on there?  Or am I being left off.  I like to see which image they use for it, because it is rarely the image I set for the featured image.

Please WordPress, make it easy again.

I don’t really know why they make these changes.  I also wish they would ask us what we want.  I have even considered going back to my blogger account.

What do you think of the changes?

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14 Comments Post a comment
  1. These are stunning photos Leanne. As a tourist I would definitely want to visit! :)

    May 7, 2012
    • Yes, if you were a tourist, it would have to be on your list. It is a great place. So green. I think I will try for another time though. :)

      May 8, 2012
  2. Liz #

    I really like the 2nd shot – the rocks are just beautiful. I have a jigsaw puzzle which is a photo of Erskine Falls that I bought in the UK to remind me of home – it is one of those Steve Parish ones. I really like the Otways – lovely area..

    May 7, 2012
    • Funny how you do that sort of thing when you are away. We had an Australian Flag, small, sitting in our window. I hadn’t heard of him before, will look him up now. Thanks Liz

      May 8, 2012
  3. Liz #

    Interestingly the default on your comments is for the box to not be checked – maybe they changed it back.

    May 7, 2012
    • When I first got your comment, I thought it might be because your blog isn’t a wordpress one, I don’t think, but I see now it has been changed. Thank you wordpress.

      May 8, 2012
  4. Great photos! The third one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    May 7, 2012
    • Thank you, Great to hear you like the photo, thanks for letting me know and taking the time to comment.

      May 8, 2012
  5. Very nice photos. When I go out on my nature-forays, I do everything I can to make sure I get there before everyone else. I’m usually coming back as they’re heading up the trail…less bothersome that way. :)

    May 8, 2012
    • Oh, I totally agree with you and next time that is what I plan on doing. The others were planning on sleeping in that day. We won’t make that mistake again. :)

      May 8, 2012
      • I have yet to be disappointed in getting there before anyone else does…it’s always been worth the effort. :)

        May 8, 2012
  6. Shutterbug Sage #

    Gorgeous pics! And, thanks for the scoop about WordPress. I noticed that I started getting notified on everything and wondered if I fat fingered some setting while reading/responding to blogs on my phone. I appreciate the subscription management tip and may share that info on my blog, too.

    May 8, 2012
    • You are welcome, please do share the information. I think what WordPress has done is really silly. It doesn’t sound like it was a popular decision and from what I can work out they don’t intend to change it back.

      May 9, 2012
  7. I agree that the new changes are not very friendly. I hate being swamped by mails just because I left a comment to a post.

    May 10, 2012

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