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Wllderness Tasmania 2007 diary

Wllderness Tasmania 2007
Ring-bound diary 14.5cm wide x 16.5cm deep
Produced and published by Rob Blakers - Wilderness Photo
Online Gallery: www.robblakers.com

In the experience of many of us, friends and relatives who come to visit and to explore Tasmania leave our shores with a common complaint — “we wish we’d allowed more time here.”

This diary, richly illustrated with Rob Blakers’ superb landscape photography (plus a portrait by Grant Dixon of a moulting King Penguin — looking for all the world as if it is wearing a handknitted sweater with an occasional trim of artificial fur), will give them further insight into what they are missing and underline to Tassie dwellers that we live in the best place of all.

In other words, it’s a neat little end-of-year gift for others and a must-buy for yourself.

A week-per-page gives a deal of room for notes, appointments, telephone numbers etc and most weeks come opposite an enticing photograph to spirit you away from the workaday world to remote and wonderful places.

Interlaced throughout the diary are double-page spreads that allow the photograph in question to present the greatest drama.

Wilderness Tasmania 2005 Diary

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Wilderness Tasmania 2005 Diary
Photography by Rob Blakers, Jon Bryan, Grant Dixon and Dave Watts
Published by Rob Blakers — Wilderness Photo

As a line-up of Tasmanian wilderness photographers today, they don’t come much better than the one above. Their work appears throughout the diary, usually one picture to a week but the format varies so that every so often there is a double-up week for entries followed by a stunning double page spread photograph.

The latter are the Diary highlight, and for me it’s a tossup between Dawn over Barn Bluff, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where a crescent moon hangs in deepening blue over the rose pink-rimmed land, or snow on autumn rainforest, Walls of Jerusalem, or the intricate close-up detail of myrtle in the Tarkine all by Rob Blakers.

Special mention must be made of Jon Bryan’s insouciant little fur seal and Dave Watts’ shot of a White-bellied Sea Eagle snatching up a fish.

Even dentist appointments and PAYE reminders won’t seem too bad when noted on pages opposite photographs such as all of these. They’re a promise that on other, freer days, you can take off to the great outdoors yourself.  PH

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