RURAL INSPIRATION | Photographer Maria Fletcher says her creative inspiration comes from looking out daily “at a rural landscape which has been shaped over the past 150 years by a small number of farming families. Alongside the cleared paddocks and tree lined boundaries, the land still retains a sense of its ancient human history”. Enjoy her portfolio here.
Green entrance to Hobart
An impressive new enviromentally-sensitive Centre for Learning is being constructed by the followers of the Bahá’í faith on what was formerly the ABC parking lot in Hobart. More here.
Tassie sheep farmer rugs up
What do prayer flags fluttering at the top mountain passes in Tibet have to do with a fifth generation Tasmanian sheep farmer? Find out more here.
Climax of a canine career
The Supreme Australian Sheep Dog Championships are hard-fought competitions, as their name might suggest. Tim Dub was on hand to record their finesse and finality. More here
The Pipeline Track
A popular walk winding through the foothills of Mount Wellington, the Pipeline Track has historical significance as well as great scenic beauty. For more than a century it played a major part in the supply of water to Hobart. Nick Osborne walks the Track with camera and pen here.
Sculptor Peter Adams has written an evocative essay on three stones he found near Roaring Beach that had obviously been taken to the site by a people long ago. He tries to imagine the lives of the people involved, and the consequences of later actions by today’s inhabitants. Read more here.
The shape of Tasmania
The whimsical, wonderful and weird ways in which Tasmania’s distinctive triangular shape has been used by illustrators, cartoonists and graphic designers are featured in an online exhibition created by the State Library of Tasmania. More is revealed here.
For our Food & Wine writer, Graeme Phillips, the excitement of holding freshly-dug truffles “in your hand, putting them to your nose, inhaling their heady aroma and realizing that they’ll never smell better than they do right now, straight out of the ground, and that we’re holding and smelling the only fresh truffles available anywhere in the world at that moment, is indescribable”. The saga continues here.
Tasmanian DVD journey
Huon Valley couple Mike Sampey and Ros Barnett, are the creative force behind this evocative visual and musical journey celebrating Tasmania’s unique scenery, people and spirit.
They took their cameras underwater, into the skies, and along road, rail and wild rivers to capture the essence of our island state.
Their Tasmanian Journey DVD covers Tasmania’s eclectic scenerey, from rustic rural, to urban byways, to inaccessible wilderness … more here
Shipstern Bluff plays up
Writer Dustin Hollick and photographer Stuart Gibson drop in on the fanatical surfers who take on the massive power of the big ones at Shipstern Bluff — a surfing mecca in southern Tasmania that delivers some of Australia’s biggest waves. There’s lots more , including some amazing video footage here.
Don Stephens portfolio
Outstanding Hobart-based photographer Don Stephens started his career on The Mercury in 1953 as the temporary replacement for an employee sent to London for nine months. Nine months ended up being 38 years.
His interest in photography began when his father bought his schoolboy son a Box Brownie, and later the plastic Baby Brownie. Don would walk around the streets of Hobart snapping away enthusiastically. More here.
The new Port Arthur museum reeks of atmosphere — dark, oppressive, gloomy, some say Gothic. Located in a former dormitory of the Lunatic Asylum, it loudly proclaims itself a new museum while whispering of its past use says Julia Clark. More here.
A remarkable collection of ceramics and other artefacts spanning the history of China from the Neolithic era to today has found a permanent home in Tasmania. In 2003, Professor Wong Shiu Hon and his wife Nancy gifted to the people of Tasmania their extraordinary and comprehensive collection of Chinese art objects and antiquities. Some 117 pieces were included in the first gift &emdash; there is more to follow. Feast your eyes here.
Wait, there’s more
A specialty beer brewed in Tasmania has snared the coveted title of the world’s best amber lager.
Cascade Autumn Amber, a seasonal drop produced at the historic brewery in Hobart owned by Carlton and United Breweries, received the accolade at the World Beer Cup 2004, held in San Diego, California.
Much more than froth and bubble, the event attracted some 1,500 entries from more than 390 breweries across 40 countries.
As well as taking gold for Autumn Amber, Cascade also bagged bronze in the American-style wheat beer category for its Summer Blonde - part of the brewery’s Four Seasons range.