Tote Bags Make Great Valentines Day Gifts For Her

Tote Bags Make Great Valentines Day Gifts For Her

Our Unique Photographic Printed Tote Bags Featuring Beautiful Images from Western Australia make great Valentines Day gifts for her.

At only $29.95 they are great value but stock on hand is limited so get your orders in now to avoid disappointment!

Photo Gift Tote Bags of Beautiful Images of Western Australia, Ideal as a gift for her this Valentines Day

Photo Gift Tote Bags of Beautiful Images of Western Australia, Ideal as a gift for her this Valentines Day

These designs and more are available at https://madaboutwa.com.au/product-category/tote-bag/.

These Tote Bags are 33cm x 33cm and the image is featured on both sides. Larger sizes and designs are available, check it out at https://madaboutwa.com.au/product-category/tote-bag/.

Available for pickup in Mindarie or Mail Order, please check with Australia Post for delivery schedules to your area.

Cheers
Dave & Maggie

Another Great Market Day

Another Great Market Day

Our stand at Mega Indoor Markets, HBF Arena, Sunday 23rd July 2017I would like to say a big “Thank You” to everyone who came and visited me on Sunday at the MEGA Indoor Market, you help to make it Another Great Market Day!

I love the travelling stories you tell me and describe to me your favourite places to visit, adding to the bucket list of places we should go.

Deep in the Forest, Tamborine Mountain Scarf, one of the items sold on the day!

Deep in the Forest, Tamborine Mountain Scarf, one of the items sold on the day!

If your not telling me travelling stories you are talking about a native animal that adopted your family and the antics they get up to, reinforcing our feeling that our native wildlife is second to none.

One of our latest Perth City Skyline images, Perth Afternoon City Glow, that found a new home on Sunday

One of our latest Perth City Skyline images, Perth Afternoon City Glow, that found a new home on Sunday

Keep travelling and caring for our environment and I hope to see you again soon at another market with more stories of your adventures in Western Australia and close encounters with local wildlife 🙂

I would also like to thank Linsey and Luke from Linsey’s Community Events for organising a great event!

Photo Tour – Local Wanneroo Markets

Photo Tour – Local Wanneroo Markets

There are some great new Local Markets springing up in Wanneroo and we have been approached by the City of Wanneroo to write a short guest blog post for their upcomming Tourism website DiscoverWanneroo.com.au about some of these local markets.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to post an extended article here so you can see more of the images and our thoughts on the Local Markets.

The 2 Markets we have picked to visit are the Eden Beach Farmers Market and the Yanchep Monthly Market.

Farmers Market at Eden Beach, Wanneroo

Farmers Market at Eden Beach, Jindalee

Eden Beach Farmers Market

Wanneroo is home to some of the best local produce in Perth so it makes sense that it is also a great location for Markets. Wanneroo also has some of the best beaches in Perth so when we heard about the newly reinstated Farmers Market at Eden Beach, Jindalee we were very excited.

The market is held every Saturday from 8am to 12pm and is located in a recently developed park right on the foreshore. There is an excellent children’s playground right next door and plenty of parking, you could not ask for a better location for a local Farmers Market.

Below is a slideshow of photos from our walk around the Market:

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When we returned a few weeks later to stock up on locally grown garlic the Market had a completely new layout, a few more stalls and a giant bouncy castle for the kids. We loved the variety in layout and products available though it was good to see many of the same stalls still around,  it certainly looks like the market is growing stronger every week 🙂

Bouncy Castle at Eden Beach Farmers Market, Jindalee

Bouncy Castle at Eden Beach Farmers Market, Jindalee

Local stallholders get to show off their handmade crafts, goods & services along side local WA growers selling their freshly picked fruit and veg. The Eden Beach Farmers Market is definitely a great way to get your weekly produce, have a bit of family fun and get some fresh sea air.

There are also plenty of tasty treats on offer from the various food trucks, ranging from gourmet hotdogs, to tasty Italian snacks and excellent looking fresh baked bread (get in early before it’s all gone).

Watch the slideshow below to see just a few of the stalls we visited at the Market:

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If you are interested in more information about Eden Beach Farmers Market then check out their website at thelocalfarmersmarket.com.au. This Market is sponsored by Satterley, the land developers at Eden Beach.

Yanchep Monthly Markets, Yanchep Sports Club, Wanneroo, Western Australia

Yanchep Monthly Markets, Yanchep Sports Club, Wanneroo, Western Australia

Yanchep Monthly Markets

The other local Market we visited in Wanneroo is the Yanchep Monthly Markets which are held on the last Sunday of the Month from January to November in the grounds of the Yanchep Sports Club.

This Market has been running a lot longer than the Eden Beach Farmers Market and has in excess of 50 stall holders, including a pet food truck, yes dogs are welcome!

The Treat Truck for Dog Snacks, Yanchep Monthly Markets, Wanneroo, Western Australia

The Treat Truck for Dog Snacks, Yanchep Monthly Markets, Wanneroo, Western Australia

Here is our slideshow of photos from our walk around the Market:

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There are a wide variety of stallholders at the Yanchep Monthly Market including fresh fruit & veg, fresh olives & honey, takeaway food, local crafts & artists, health products like organic soaps and candles and much more.

Our friends from Native Animal Rescue also had their stall at the Market promoting the great work they do helping our native wildlife 😎 They were parked right next door to the Jamaican Chicken food stall, lucky the chickens aren’t an endangered species :mrgreen:

Animal Rescue & Jamaican Chicken, Yanchep Monthly Markets, Wanneroo, Western Australia

Animal Rescue & Jamaican Chicken, Yanchep Monthly Markets, Wanneroo, Western Australia

Just a few days ago we were at Native Animal Rescue photographing some of their gorgeous native wildlife which we will be putting on a wide range of products with a donation going back to the organisation, watch this space for news …

Kyle the Brushtail Possum, Native Animal Rescue, Perth, Western Australia

Kyle the Brushtail Possum, Native Animal Rescue, Perth, Western Australia

Watch the slideshow below to see a small sample of some of the stallholders at the Yanchep Monthly Martket:

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There is also plenty of entertainment on offer including demonstrations, free tastings and local bands playing through out the day. The Sports Bar is open from 11am and the Bistro serves lunch.

The Yanchep Monthly Market runs from 9am to 2pm with lots to do for all the family. If you are interested in the Yanchep Monthly Markets visit their Facebook page or contact the organiser Clare Sharp on 0407523445.

Wanneroo Market

Although we didn’t visit the Wanneroo Market for this article it is is also a great place to get your locally grown fresh fruit and veg. It is a much larger Market with permanent stalls (as opposed to the other two markets) and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on Public Holidays.

With a large range of stalls selling anything from garden items to household items, a dedicated food hall, deli hall and several variety stall areas, there is a lot to see and do for all the family.

Cheers,
Dave & Maggie

Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

Adventuresome Koalas in Yanchep National Park

A visit to the Yanchep National Park is not complete without wandering through the Koala enclosure spotting the koalas in the trees. Most of the time they are high up in the trees and fast asleep but sometimes you will get lucky and spot one who is a bit more active.

Mum decided to move from her perch up in the trees, with baby hanging on, “Do I go up or down”.

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park Perth Western Australia

Mum and Baby Koala in Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

I wonder what’s over there? Hold on tight Joey!

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Hang On Tight Joey Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Let’s go!

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

We Can Fly Yanchep National Park, Perth, Western Australia

Although I do not have the photographic evidence she landed safely with Joey still attached I assure you she did.

Dave took these pictures back in 2004 during the early days of MADCAT Photography. The photos where processed using Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo 10.

We have a few products with koala pictures available through our RedBubble store like this bag I ordered 🙂

Feed Me, Yanchep National Park Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Koala snack time, love my gum leaves available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Interesting facts about Koalas:

  • Koala is an aboriginal word that means no water, Koalas get 90% of their liquid intake from the leaves they eat
  • Koalas eat up to 1Kg of leaves a day, hence their dependence on the eucalyptus forests, and it takes a hundred trees per koala to have a sustainable population
  • Koalas have been around for over 20 million years
  • Koalas are listed as vulnerable and are only found wild in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The Australian Koala Foundation, Save The Koala Website has some great information about the fight to save our wild Koala Population, you can even adopt a Joey (a baby Koala).

Here is a video from National Geographic endangered species Koala page that explains why Koalas are not bears, some great Koala footage 🙂

Stay Safe & Happy Exploring,
Maggie

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park

Wildflowers of Whiteman Park Photo Walk – Part 1

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Whiteman Park is a great place to take the family for a fun day out soaking up the sunshine. If, however, you are prepared to take a walk along one of their well marked trails then spring is a great time for wildflower spotting.

Dave and I decided to go out to Whiteman Park to walk the Wunanga Trail which is the longest walk trail in the park at 4.3 km long. Wunanga is a Noongar word meaning ‘quiet’ or ‘peaceful’. The trail is well marked with Yellow/Orange topped pine poles some of which have a letter on top. Each letter refers to notes on the trail guide giving you more information about the area you are walking through.

Here is what I found that caught my eye.

Not exactly a native wildflower but very pretty all the same.

Not exactly a native wildflower but very pretty all the same.

These bushes are very common and absolutely covered in these gorgeous yellow flowers.

These bushes are very common and absolutely covered in these gorgeous yellow flowers.

What looks to me like a white orchid but I cannot find a reference to it anywhere.

What looks to me like a white orchid but I cannot find a reference to it anywhere.

Another array of yellow flowers, beautiful!

Another array of yellow flowers, beautiful!

New growth showing from the burnt out remains of what once was a giant Jarrah tree, nature always prevails.

New growth showing from the burnt out remains of what once was a giant Jarrah tree, nature always prevails.

Came across this bobtail lizard, nearly stood on him, if you look closely you can see my footprint!

Came across this bobtail lizard, nearly stood on him, if you look closely you can see my footprint!

I took a few more pictures but I am still learning and they were not sharp enough for public display.

For those knowledgeable botanists out there, please feel free to leave a comment and help me identify the flowers above, especially that white one!

Just from these few pictures alone I hope you will be encouraged to visit Whiteman Park and get off the beaten track and walk one of the walk trails.

Please remember to dress appropriately, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat and carry plenty of water.

Dave will be posting Part 2 of this blog with lots of amazing pictures from the walk and some great photo tips.

Stay Safe & Happy Exploring,
Maggie

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

Dave will have some more photo tips in Part 2 of this blog series.

All images in this article were taken on an iPhone 6s by me and processed in Lightroom CC.

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:

 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

As usual we’re planning a whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Whiteman Park” images. More details in Part 2 of this blog series.

Meanwhile you can take a look at all of the amazing images and products that we currently have available in our shop, all based on Dave’s photography.

Everlasting Daisies, Kings Park Drawstring Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Kings Park wildflowers namely everlasting daisies available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Everlasting Daisies, Kings Park Drawstring Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Kings Park Everlasting Daisies available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Whiteman Park is located to the west of the Swan Valley with entrances from Lord St & Beechboro Rd and is 18 km northeast of Perth.

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Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

Noble Falls Photo Walk – Part 2

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Last time we visited Noble Falls in Gidgegannup there was barely a trickle of water flowing over the rocks. Not so this time, the falls are in full flow and a truly amazing sight to see.

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The weather was perfect, blue skies and puffy white clouds making it an ideal day for a hike around Noble Falls along Wooroloo Brook and back the other side. Also great conditions for taking some photos of this beautiful area.

The falls themselves are visible from the car park and can be approached from either side with ease. Despite being so close to the road and car park it retains that feeling of being out in the natural world.

As I mentioned above the falls are in full flow, allowing for some amazing long(ish) exposures to be captured.

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

I generally avoid using filters so getting long exposures during the daytime can be a bit of a challenge. I do sometimes use a Neutral Density filter to get much longer exposure times but in this instance I was able to achieve shutter speeds of around 1/5th sec which still gives the water a nice smooth look.

Anything lower than around 1/30th sec will start to give you that flowing effect on the water, just make sure you’re using a tripod.

Flowing Waters, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Flowing Waters, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie has acquired a new-found interest in photography lately and I managed to pull myself away from the myriad of natural photo opportunities to grab this shot of her using her iPhone to get some pics of the incredibly colourful Wattle bushes.

You can see one of Maggie’s Wattle pics in Part 1 of this blog series.

Maggie the Photographer, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie the Photographer, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The two available walk trails both start on the north side of Wooroloo Brook and follow the river to the north-west as it meanders through the bush.

The paths are very well maintained and signposted and so are easily accessible to anyone with a moderate level of fitness.

The shorter trail is 1.5 km return and great if you just want to see the falls and a bit of the river. It doesn’t take long to reach the first bridge across the river which signals the return crossing for this shorter trail.

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bridge for the Short Walk, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The photo opportunities here are endless, especially at this time of year and with such perfect weather.

All around the ground was covered with a lush green carpet which was teaming with small yellow flowers showing the signs of the beginning of our wildflower season.

Contrasting the  lush green was the typically Western Australian red dirt that made up the soil and trail paths.

Standing on the first bridge is a nice spot to get some photos up and down the river.

View North of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View North of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View South of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

View South of the Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Shortly after bypassing the bridge over Wooroloo Brook for the shorter trail we came across a shallow ford which created a mini version of Noble Falls, less spectacular but still an amazing sight.

It’s well worth the extra distance to see the ford even if you’re going to turn around and return to the first bridge.

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Ford River Crossing, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The walk along the fast flowing river was unbelievably luscious & green, spring really is a great time of year to be out in nature.

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lusciously Green, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

After following the river for a while the path opens up onto a bitumen road, Kooringal Vale, and then turns left on to Brennan Rise for a while.

According to the trail guide (which we were not using) there is a dry weather optional route here which takes a left down onto the “Kangaroo Track” and then back up to Kooringal Vale.

Kooringal Vale, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Kooringal Vale, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Sadly, we didn’t notice any signs so we missed the “Kangaroo Track” but I would recommend taking this track for a slightly more interesting walk.

Note to self, always take a trail guide with you!

Continue along Brennan Rise across the Wooroloo Brook bridge and rejoin the dirt trail at the corner of Brennan Rise & Old Coach Road.

Brennan Rise Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Brennan Rise Bridge, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

 

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Rejoin the Dirt Trail, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

From here the trail continues back along the river towards Noble Falls. Again, having the trail guide will help you take the correct route as there are two possible paths you could take.

The trail guide recommends you take a left to the lower fire-break path which follows the river however we missed the sign and went straight on following the higher fire-break path which you will eventually join anyway. Either way the views are still amazing 🙂

High Fire-Break, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

High Fire-Break, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Whichever route you took you’ll eventually come across a sharp bend in the river offering another great photo opportunity.

Bend in the River, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Bend in the River, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

What forest wouldn’t be complete without an old rusty car wreck? Not to disappoint there is one just off the path here not far past the river bend. It always pays to keep your eyes open.

Did I mention lots of great photo opportunities!

Old Rusty Car, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Old Rusty Car, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Not much further along you’ll find yourself approaching Toodyay Road and returning to Noble Falls end the end of the walk trail.

By now it was approaching 5pm and the sun was getting low enough to add some nice coloured light to the scenery, however from this side of the river it was getting tricky to get a decent shot of the falls without lens flare or exposure problems.

Cascading Falls, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Cascading Falls, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

If you do want to get some photo’s at this time of day make sure that you keep the sun’s flare outside of the field of view and use a lens hood to minimise the risks.

As you can see below I still got a bit of lens flare and the edges of the clouds are blown out, but if I had turned my camera any further to the right too much of the image would have become overexposed.

Another way to approach situations like this would be to use a tripod and take multiple exposures which can be merged later on with software such as Adobe Lightroom.

Lens Flare, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Lens Flare, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

When shooting into the sun becomes a problem I like to try a few different ideas such as switching to a longer lens and getting in close for a few abstract shots

Crystal Chaos, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Crystal Chaos, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

or some cool reflections

Noble Reflections, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Noble Reflections, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Noble Falls is definitely a great place to visit for a day out in the Perth Hills with plenty of photo opportunities, amazing scenery and 2 walk trails to choose from.

There are plenty of facilities at Noble Falls too, there’s a big car park, a picnic & barbecue area, toilets and the Noble Falls Tavern is just across the road with stunning views over the falls and very good quality food.

We highly recommend making a trip there any time of year but early spring when the water is flowing and the weather is good would be the best.

Also you can take your dog there too 🙂

Cheers,
Dave

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

All images in this article I took on my Canon 5D MKII with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens or an EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens unless otherwise stated and processed in Lightroom CC & ON1 Photo 10.5 & Photoshop CC.

Shooting Long Exposures
A tripod is pretty much essential for getting good results with long exposures.

You can get a water trail effect with exposures longer than 1/30th sec but around 1/5th sec or longer will give a better result. the best way to learn is to experiment with different settings.

To achieve longer exposure times you can do 1 or more of the following:

  • Reduce your ISO to the minimum setting, this will have no effect on image quality.
  • Shoot later in the day when the natural light is lower, this will have no effect on image quality unless it is too dark to use lower ISO settings.
  • Use a Neutral Density and / or a Polarising filter, this will affect image quality marginally depending on the quality of the filters you use.
  • Reduce your aperture setting to it’s minimum (usually around F22 or higher). This will have minimal effect on image quality depending on your lens.Reduce your ISO to the minimum setting, this will have no effect on image quality.
  • Overexpose your image by increasing your shutter speed with your camera’s exposure compensation function or manually. This will effect the quality of your image depending on how much you overexpose the image and how good your are at post processing your images. Always bear in mind that overexposed highlights are much harder to recover in post processing.
  • Place a tissue over the front of your lens, this will result in a terrible photo and give everyone around you a good laugh 🙂

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:


 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

We’re planning whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Noble Falls” images here are a few samples of what we have in our store:

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls iPhone Case design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls iPhone Case design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Hardcover Journal design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Hardcover Journal design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Round Beach Towel design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Round Beach Towel design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Tote Bag design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our Dave-Catley.pixels.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Mug design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

Ebb and Flow, Noble Falls Mug design by Dave Catley featuring Noble Falls winter water flow available from our MADCAT.RedBubble.com store.

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Noble Falls is located just of Toodyay Road in the township of Gidgegannup, City of Swan approx 40 km northeast of Perth.

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Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

Noble Falls Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 1

Noble Falls Photo Walk – Part 1

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Now is the best time to visit our waterfalls. As winter ends and spring begins the water in our waterways is about as full as it is going to get.

Waterfall & Tavern, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall & Tavern, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

We decided to take advantage of a beautiful sunny day to visit Noble Falls in Gidgegannup and enjoy the site and sound of fast running water.

Another great thing about this time of year is it is wildflower season and the wattles are in full bloom, a sight that only lasts so long. There are also plenty of other wildflowers to see along the walk trail here.

Maggie's Wattle Pic, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Maggie’s Wattle Pic, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

The Noble Falls did not disappoint either, with fast paced running water rushing over the rocks as can be seen here.

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Waterfall in Full Flow, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

You can also see how close to the car park and picnic area Noble Falls is, so if you’re not up for a walk then you can still enjoy the views.

There are 2 walk trails at Noble Falls, a short 1.3 km loop and a longer 3.5 km loop. Both trails offer a very scenic walk along the river and through the surrounding bushland returning on the far side of the river. We took the longer trail and really enjoyed the walk and the views.

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

Wooroloo Brook, Noble Falls, Perth, Western Australia

If after a walk along the Wooroloo Brook you have developed an appetite then there is a picnic / barbecue area near the falls or the Noble Falls Tavern just across the road, where we had a great lunch.

If you love waterfalls then may we also suggest a trip to John Forest National Park, Sixty Foot Falls and Lesmurdie Falls to name a few great days out.

Dave will be posting Part 2 of this blog with lots of amazing pictures from the walk and some great photo tips.

Cheers,
Maggie

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

Dave will have some great photo tips in Part 2 of this blog series.

All images in this article were either taken on an iPhone 6s or with Dave’s Canon 5D MKII with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens or an EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens and processed in Lightroom CC & ON1 Photo 10.5 & Photoshop CC.

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:

 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

As usual we’re planning a whole range of clothing & products featuring our “Noble Falls” images. More details in Part 2 of this blog series.

Meanwhile you can take a look at all of the amazing images and products that we currently have available in our shop, all based on Dave’s photography.

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River - Round Beach Towel

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River – Round Beach Towel

 

Useful Links

 

Directions

Noble Falls is located just off Toodyay Road in the township of Gidgegannup, City of Swan approx 40 km northeast of Perth.

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Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 2

Perth’s Not So Secret Garden – Part 2

The Photo Walk – Part 2

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

Once you’ve finished exploring the vine covered fairy grotto for which Perth’s “Secret Garden” is now famous for you can carry on walking to the other side of this amazing reserve and discover the more traditional paperbark trees you would expect to find in a wetland.

Welcome to Part 2 of our Photo Walk around “Perth’s Secret Garden” …

Paperbark Trees, The Secret Garden Perth, Western Australia

Paperbark Trees, The Secret Garden Perth, Western Australia

The textures and tones from these Paperbark trees combined with the dappled light shining through the branches makes for some amazing photo opportunities.

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John Forrest Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

John Forrest Waterfall & Walk Trail – Part 2

The Photo Walk – Part 2 (read part 1)

Environment ~ Photo Tips ~ Shop ~ Links ~ Directions

You can find Part 1 of this blog here to read about our trip to the foot of the falls.

There was definitely a lot more action at the foot of the Falls though they were far from being at their most exciting I suspect we missed their best performance by a few weeks.

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Unlike my last waterfall trip I actually remembered to bring my tripod with me this time and not leave it in the boot of the car, so this was a great opportunity to play around with some longer shutter speeds.

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Armed with my Tripod plus ND8 & Polarising filters I was able to get some nice long exposures of up to 3 secs, even though it was early afternoon with very little cloud cover.

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Bottom of the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Having got some nice wide angle long exposure shots I decided to switch to my 70-200 lens and try to get some higher speed close-ups of the water crashing over the rocks.

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Rapids, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Splashes, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Splashes, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Splashes, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Splashes, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Ribbon, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Water Ribbon, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Shortly beyond the foot of the Falls the river transforms back into a quiet, peaceful vision of beauty. Such a stark contrast to the chaos occurring just a few feet away, nature is always so full of surprises.

Serenity after the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Serenity after the Falls, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Having got some great photos and made a new Magpie friend we decided to head back to the car so we climbed back up to the top of the Falls and retraced our steps back to the car park.

On the way back I spotted the ruins of one of the old railway buildings which looked ideal for a grungy & moody image.

Ruins of a Railway Building, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Ruins of a Railway Building, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Just as we got back to the visitor area a friendly hiker mentioned to us that there was a Roo with her baby just up ahead. Awesome, I can never resist the chance to get some wildlife shots and apart from our friendly Magpie the wildlife had been a bit reticent to show itself.

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Mum and baby proved to be very accommodating and I managed to get some gorgeous shots of both.

These sorts of shots may look easy to just snap away but can actually be quite technical to get the depth of field and shutter speeds just right.

It’s always important to make sure you focus on the animals eyes, of course this can be tricky when there are two sets of eyes of equal importance! Getting just the right depth of field to keep both animals in focus but blur out the background is crucial.

To complicate matters the light was starting to drop of making it harder to get the shutter speeds I needed to freeze any motion so I had to up my ISO to 800 to allow for the already reduced depth of field from a 200mm lens and give me shutter speeds of at least 1/200th sec, which was still pushing my luck.

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Mum & Baby Roo, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

We’d had a great day out and got some great shots so to top it off we decided to sit under the trees, relax and have a quiet beer with nature. What I love about just sitting in the outdoors is that you start to notice all the things that you’d normally miss. The birds ignore you and just do their thing, kangaroos wander past, even the insect life seems to have more purpose.

At one point two kangaroos suddenly hopped out of the bush with the back one barking very loudly and the front one seemingly running away, I don’t think I’ve heard a Kangaroo make a noise before. We guessed that it might have been some kind of mating activity, but who knows 🙂

As the light started to fade and the temperature cooled more kangaroos appeared leaping through the bush at high speed. Not one to miss an opportunity up came my camera with my 70-200mm lens and I started snapping away just in case I was lucky enough to get an interesting shot. The light was too low to stand a chance of freezing any motion and it all happened to fast to change my ISO so the shots all came out a bit blurry.

Not to be put off I picked the best one and added a bit more motion to the background and turned it into and action shot with a bit of a surreal look to it. Best part of the shot is that you can just make out a baby joey in the pouch of the roo at the back, probably my favourite shot of the day 🙂

Speedy Roos, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Speedy Roos, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Abstract Red Tipped Leaf, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Abstract Red Tipped Leaf, John Forrest National Park, Western Australia

Cheers,
Dave

 

Environmental Issues

When visiting natural environments such as this please be respectful of the flora and fauna, take your litter home and treat the environment with respect.

Leave No Trace
Take Nothing but Pictures
Leave Nothing but Footprints
Kill Nothing but Time
Keep Nothing But Memories
Burn Nothing but Calories

Original Quotes
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.”
~ Quote: Chief Seattle (Dkhw’Duw’Absh chief, c. 1786 – June 7, 1866)
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 

Photo Tips

All images in this article were either taken on an iPhone 6s or with Dave’s Canon 5D MKII with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens or an EF 70-200mm f4L USM Lens and processed in Lightroom CC & ON1 Photo 10.5 & Photoshop CC.

Get Good Photo Editing Software
You will need to post process your images to get the most out of them. Software tools such as Adobe Lightroom & On1 Photo 10.5 are affordable and essential for getting the best out of your photos.

Free trials or licensed products are available for Adobe LightroomAdobe Photoshop & ON1 Photo 10.5 at the following links:

 

Related Clothing & Photo Products

As usual we’re planning a whole range of clothing & products featuring our “John Forrest” images.

Meanwhile you can take a look at all of the amazing images and products that we currently have available in our shop, all based on Dave’s photography.

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River - Round Beach Towel

Moonscape, Bunker Bay, Margaret River – Round Beach Towel

 

Parking & Facilities:

There is a very large amount of parking around the visitor area as well as a many barbecue & picnic areas, toilets information boards and a Tavern. This is also the starting point for all of the walk trails in the area.

Walk Trails:

There are numerous walk trails that you can follow from the visitor area including the popular Eagle View Walk Trail:

  • Eagle’s View Walk Trail. 15km return, Class 4, allow 5hrs
  • John Forrest Heritage Trail. 10.5km return, Class 3, allow 3hrs
  • Wildflower Walk Trail. 4km return, Class 2, allow 1.5hrs
  • Glen Brook Trail. 2.2km return, Class 2, allow 45mins
  • National Park Falls Trail. 2km return, Class 2, allow 1hr
  • Jane Brook Promenande. 1km return, Class 1, allow 30mins

Check out the links below for more information about John Forrest National Park and it’s walk trails,

If you’re looking for more interesting walk trails around Perth then make sure to check out “The Life of Py” Hiking, Photography & Travel Blog he’s done a great job of documenting a lot of our local walk trails which we will be working our way through.

 

Directions

John Forrest National Park is located in Hovea in the Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia.

Like Lesmurdie Falls it is also situated on the Darling Scarp, one of Australia’s largest geological fault lines and the iconic entrance to the region known as Perth Hills.

To get into the Park take one of the 3 junctions off Great Eastern Highway onto Park Road.

The first turning onto Park Road will take you on a longer scenic drive through the beautiful forest, whilst the second turning onto Park Road is the fastest way to get to the visitor area and car park.

There is a fee for entering the visitor area which usually works on a trust system and costs $12 per car unless you have an Annual All Park Pass (as we do) which costs $55.