Most of you will know that I went up to the Mallee last weekend. I did go out and do some star shots, but I also went out on a bit of a trip to the Murray Sunset National Park. One of the things that the park is famous for are the Pink Lakes. I have wanted to go there for quite a while, and on Monday I finally got my chance. I have to say, the lakes really are pink.
They don’t have a lot of water in them right now, I assume after the hot summer we had, which was a lot hotter up there, most of the lakes have dried out. They have had some rain, but not enough to fill them again. To get the real pink I think you need the water, as it is the red algae in the water that makes them pink.
The image above was the first lake we came too. We walked around a little, but then we wanted to move on. We planned to get there late afternoon so we didn’t have a whole lot of time. Really, the visit was to check the place out and make plans for more visits during different times of the year. I do have to say though that the flies in that part of the country are so bad, if you hate flies, I wouldn’t recommend going there.
One of the things we are thinking of doing is running some classes up there, maybe do some star photography, I think it would be a great place to get some photos, and there are some great things to do some light painting on.
Not a drop of water in sight. Well not quite true, the ground was very moist. This was over and behind one of the big lakes. We found what was left of one of the ramps used for mining the salt. The wood is all rotting, but strangely, also being preserved. I do have other photos of it, and will show more in a Weekend Wanderings post this weekend.
When I saw this area I knew that I wanted to try and get some better landscape photos. You know I don’t really consider myself a landscape photographer, but I have thought that I should try more and get better at it. I was also sent some information about a International Landscape Photographic competition which I thought I might enter. I don’t really enter competitions, too afraid I’m not good enough, so I think I should just bite the bullet and do it. Perhaps it is the next step for me. See if I am good enough.
Thinking of the possibility of entering some competitions, I did take some photos that I think I will process with that in mind. There are at least two images that I took of the lakes that I absolutely love and would like to work on and see how much better I can make them. I have about a month before the deadline for the competition, so plenty of time to work on them.
I will put these two images into a gallery for you now. Enjoy your day, it is a public holiday in Australia today, ANZAC day, and I know each year I say I will go in to photograph the march and I never do. Perhaps next year I will see if I can get up early enough for the dawn service.