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Wild Tasmania 2007

Wild Tasmania 2007
Calendar 34.5cm wide x 29cm deep
Photographs by Rob Blakers, Grant Dixon and Dennis Harding

Online Galleries: www.robblakers.com, www.view.com.au/dixon, www.dennisharding.com.au

It’s that time of year again to turn to thoughts of the next, and here a trio of photographers specialising in Tasmania’s wilderness have combined their talents to produce a magnificent calendar.

The month-at-a glance large format gives enough space to keep track of important dates, while each month’s photograph is a reminder of what you’re missing when not out bush-walking.

Enjoy, however, even at a distance, because each photograph is a gem and covers subjects as delicate as wildflowers in the Heemskirk Range or as striking as the panorama from North Sister down to the headwaters of the Scamander River, as eerie as mist wreathing the rainforest canopy above Dove River or as bold as the upthrust of South Cape in the Southwest National Park.

Wilderness Tasmania 2007 calendar

Wilderness Tasmania 2007
Calendar 16.75 wide x 23 cm deep
Produced and published by Rob Blakers - Wilderness Photo
Online Gallery: www.robblakers.com

A mini calendar but none the less enchanting for its smaller size.

Photographer Rob Blakers has produced another inimitable tribute to the wilder parts of our island. In some places this fragile beauty is disappearing — for example, September shows lush green tree ferns in the Upper Florentine Valley that the caption notes have now been destroyed by forestry operations.

But luckily for our heritage, the remaining months (turn each page for a month at a glance) reveal the timeless grandeur of other scenic spots — the red-gold of rocks at sunset in Freycinet National Park, towering sunlit myrtles in Granite Tor in the western wilderness, and the golden glow of deciduous beech at Cradle Mountain.

Wild Tasmania 2006

Wild Tasmania 2006
(34cm wide x 30cm deep)
A calendar by Rob Blakers and Grant Dixon
Published by Rob Blakers — Wilderness Photo

Two of our best-known wilderness photographers have joined forces in this calendar which features amazing views in heritage and national park areas captured with great sensitivity. As the months go by, each new aspect of the incomparable Tasmanian wilderness gives a lift to the spirits.

Crisply printed and luxuriously glossy, this would be a fabulous gift to send overseas, too.

Wilderness Tasmania 2006
(17cm wide x 23cm deep)
Produced and published by Rob Blakers — Wilderness Photo

In contrast to the large format calendar above, and the diary that follows, this smaller version is illustrated with photographs only by Rob Blakers.

Again there is that quality of light that is the Blakers’ signature — stealing over flowering heath and scoparia in Ben Lomond National Park in the early morning, or reflecting off the peaks and undulations of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park blanketed with winter snow, or the last dramatic moments of a purple-red sky over Federation Peak, itself glowing mysteriously orange.

The calendar doesn’t have the space to keep many details of a busy life, it’s a month at a view — but would be a neat reference to hang in a study or a workshop, or simply to moon over when you’d rather be in the great outdoors. There’s enough room for each day to write at least a reminder of birthdays and other anniversaries or more prosaically, a date with the dentist or doctor.

Wilderness Tasmania 2006 Diary
Published by Rob Blakers — Wilderness Photo

Landscape images by Rob Blakers are teamed with wildlife images by Jon Bryan and Loic le Guilly in this really attractive, and very useful, diary. A week at a view per page, interspersed with full-page photographs or occasionally, a double-page extravaganza, means you won’t get bored with having it sit around on your desk or in your study or kitchen.

While it wouldn’t be suitable for keeping details of many appointments or complicated financial notations, its format allows you to keep quite an extensive amount of information within its pages. Spiral bound, so opens quite flat.

And those photographs … some you might recognise in the Rob Blakers portfolio, here; they are complemented beautifully by Jon Bryan’s shot of a self-important cuttlefish cruising along among kelp and Loic le Guilly’s shy little Bennett’s wallaby. Patsy Hollis

Visit his web site for more stunning imagery.

Antarctica 2006

Antarctica 2006
(48cm deep x 34cm wide)
A calendar by Andy Townsend & Lyn Irvine
Published by Images of Antarctica
ISBN 0-9752041-2-2

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to the next and how to keep track of time. A calendar for 2006 is what is needed, and intrepid Antarctic recorders have done it again.

Lyn Irvine is a marine biologist, and Andy Townsend is a freelance photographer and computer programmer. Together they have captured serene and awesome moments of the frozen continent, unparalled for its purity, beauty and (for the most part) inaccessibility.

Continued …

Antarctica 2006

Antarctica 2006
(17cm deep x 23cm wide)
A calendar by Andy Townsend & Lyn Irvine
Published by Images of Antarctica
ISBN 0-9752041-1-4

Another offering from the indomitable Antarctic duo, Andy Townsend and Lyn Irvine, here is a small calendar to hang where you don’t have as much room.

Size simply doesn’t matter when you see the ice-crisp photography marking each month, cast with that beautiful and eerie blue light that only snow and ice creates.

Continued …

Wild Tasmania 2005 calendar


Wild Tasmania 2005
Photography by Rob Blakers and Grant Dixon

Online Galleries

Wild Tasmania 2005 is a large landscape view calender, approximately 32cm across and 25cm deep. And featuring imagery from not one superb wilderness photographer but two.

Rob Blakers [see more of his work in his fabulous Leatherwood Online portfolio] covers some of the same territory as in the smaller calendar (below), but where on the occasions he’s in the same spot the pictures still look very different owing to angle or atmospherics. And in this calendar Grant Dixon takes us down into sub-Antarctic waters and Macquarie island Nature Reserve for November’s powerful, starkly beautiful image. 

Wilderness Tasmania 2005 calendar


Wilderness Tasmania 2005
Photography by Rob Blakers

Online Gallery

This small calendar features more of Rob Blaker’s dramatic interpretations of Tasmania’s wilderness. For the year ahead, he journeys from Ben Lomond in the north to Schouten Island in the south, with the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness as the centrepiece.

Skip to February and on to August for a soaring view of Myrtle trees in Coupes MBo68C and E of the Tarkine. Though so many of us find is impossible to see how anyone could even think of levelling such impressive beauty, both are zoned for logging.

Photographs of untouched wilderness like these can only help keep the forest debate alive. In the meantime, all is not gloom and doom on the forest front because Rob’s photography takes in other areas where nature is left to reign supreme, such as Walls of Jerusalem National Park and Freycinet National Park.

Each month is a visual delight, amazingly different from the month before and open one month to a page. 

Antarctica Calendar 2005

Antarctic 2005 calendar

Images from a frozen land
2005 Calendar
Photography by Andy Townsend & Lyn Irvine
Produced and published by Lyn Irvine and Andy Townsend

Feast your eyes on our special preview here and then get the big, bold and beautiful calendar, a whopping 35cm across and 48cm deep, with a spiral binding that gives a handy hanging hook.

Striking though the images on our site are, they are even more breathtaking when printed on glossy paper in a much larger format. Each month takes you to another aspect of the strange and eerie place we know as Antarctica or introduces you to some of furred or feathered inhabitants.

On the title page of their calendar, the publishers state they will make a donation to Greening Australia (Tasmania), who will plant a tree for each calendar produced.

As they write: “This is over 1000 times the number of trees used in the production process and sets an environmental precendent for other publishers.”

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