In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 24 of the series we are looking at a scene that I would drive past quick often but needed the right mix of weather and light to create an image.
20 April 2012, Tanilba Bay, NSW Australia
After a long period of rain, the land around Port Stephens would become waterlogged and I would see this land every day on my way too and from work. For a few years in a row the water drained before I had time to get out and make an image of the phenomenon. This was quite spectacular from the air, flying in or out of the nearby Williamtown airport you could see waterlogged land all around, I would normally pass this tree at 100km/h but on the day that I was finally able to get out to image the water I drove slowly with my eyes on the scenery rather than drearily heading to work! I did not have to travel far, just three minutes from home I found this tree and pulled over. Under the curious gaze of passers by I walked up and down the road looking for the perfect angle, in this spot I could capture the beauty of the tree trunk submerged in the waterlogged land and with the sun highlighting the reflection in the water. The scene was just perfect, after making this image I knew that I did not need to make any more - I had finally captured a scene that had eluded me for many years.