Orchid Fly – New to Science?

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Macro Photography

I ran into some orchid hunters on the weekend and instead of doing what I was “supposed” to do, I played hooky and went out into the fields to play with my new friends. It was well worth the effort (fun?) because we may have stumbled on to something new to science. Orchids are some of the most mysterious and … Read More

One Minute with Nature: Cicada’s Summer Song

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, New South Wales

New Year’s Day started out warm – at last. It has been one of the coldest summers anyone can remember. Insects have been low key so it was a delight to find them calling from above my head, as I headed out on my first exploratory bushwalk of the year. This late in the summer Green Grocer cicadas should have … Read More

Let’s Encourage Young Photographers

Esther BeatonPhoto Competitions, Photo Critiques

I’d like to acknowledge a budding young nature and wildlife photographer, Mikaela Clews. She won the Young Encourage-ment award at the recent Gosford Council photo competition. Mikaela Clews deserves a lot of credit for getting out into the bushlands around Gosford, New South Wales. The aim of the photo competition was to portray how nature is on the city’s doorstep. Mikaela … Read More

Louie Schwartzberg’s mesmerizing cinematography

Esther BeatonFlowers & botanicals

I have been humbled. I saw visuals today that impressed me. But more so, they were accompanied by words – words that encapsulated my life story. Maybe the story of all my lifetimes. It was only yesterday I was speaking to a friend about the uplifting power of nature and photography and this video lands in my inbox today. Do … Read More

Apple Needs to Think Like a Photographer

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment

Isn’t the camera in the iPhone the coolest thing? As a professional photographer I love to have a little snappy camera in my bag to grab the occasional fun shot. Or if I’m doing a reconnaissance for a shoot or a workshop I make “photo notes” with my iPhone camera. I simply love the picture-taking capabilities of an iPhone. It saves … Read More

Steve Jobs Died Yesterday

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment

Steve Jobs actually died on October 6th, but it took me a few days to get up the nerve to actually post this tribute on the blog. His death has nothing to do with this blog topic (environmental photography) as such. But as a photographer I was so influenced by Jobs that I’ve decided to write this rather odd testimonial. … Read More

Keep it Beautiful This Week

Esther BeatonBeautiful Images, Photo Competitions

Did you know it is Keep Australia Beautiful Week? Sometimes ugly things are happening in the world and it’s easy to despair. I wonder how people in London and other cities in England feel upon hearing the “Keep it Beautiful” motto. After the damage and chaos of recent weeks, just cleaning up seems an overwhelming task let alone attempting to … Read More

Watch Your Whales – They’re Back!

Esther BeatonWildlife Photography

June 1st announces the start of the whale watching season. Humpbacks and southern rights can now be sighted off the New South Wales Coast as they head north to breed in warmer waters. I’ve been blown away by this annual event ever since that June in 1988 when I carried out an assignment for Good Weekend magazine. It was unique … Read More

The Secret’s out at Secret Creek

Esther BeatonAustralia - People and Places, Conservation

Once upon a time, in a deep gully, protected by rocky wooded slops, lived a quiet community of coal miners. Today, apart from a few stones marking the ruins of their homes, lives an equally quiet community of local residents. But these aren’t human. They are secretive mammals, little known and little seen by most Australians, and most of them … Read More