The Little Flea from Jibbon Lagoon

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Nature Photography

Who would have thought that little Jibbon Lagoon would ever have a claim to fame?    If you are wondering where you can find this little creature from the black lagoon, Jibbon is at the north end of Royal National Park. Which as you all know is on Sydney’s doorstep. Here’s a photo I took in Jibbon Lagoon myself when … Read More

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

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

When is a leaf a flower?

Esther BeatonBeautiful Images, Flower Photography, Nature Photography

When it is red. This month our Day Safari group headed out to photograph waratahs. These are stunning, large, red flowers native to Australia which appear during September and October – our springtime. They seem to emit a glow like an inner fire and stand out like beacons in the bushland around Sydney. When our group arrived and we parted … Read More

Waterfall Trickery

Esther BeatonLandscape Photography, Photo Critiques, Photography Workshops, Quick Tips

It’s great when you learn from your students. The last Day Safari workshop was a big fun day out. We shot wildlife in the morning and waterfalls in the late afternoon. Participants quickly understood how to use different shutter speeds to create various amounts of “silkiness” in the waterfall. But my students taught me something about these waterfalls that I never … Read More