The Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) or Deciduous Beech, is the only native deciduous tree in Tasmania, and is found at altitude, in hard-to-reach nooks around the state. Every year there is a photography pilgrimage to capture the ‘Turning of the Fagus’, which happens all-too-quickly for some, and at less and less predictable times each year.
Thanks Climate Change. :(
This year my photographer buddy Ben Short took me along for his pilgrimage – actually it took two treks into the wilds to find it – and I saw my first Fagus in the… frond!
Typically, he brought his pro camera gear and I brought my camera phone. He fussed with apertures and filters and f-stops and all that other stuff I don’t understand… I just snapped happily away, breaking all rules and conventions of photography. See here, a lens flare! For shame!
But I don’t care. I like this photo. These leaves are just the right sort of small and delicate (the size of thumb nails) to be challenging for a camera phone.
We’ll try again next year, right Ben? :D
(The photo was actually taken in April, 2014. I’m just so slack that I’m only just getting around to sifting through photographs… in October.)