Binalong Bay can be found in the part of Tasmania called the Bay of Fires and it was very high up on our list of places to visit. This year we have finally made it there and it was fantastic. We were enchanted by the beautiful coast lined up with massive granite boulders that have orange lichen growing on them, which gives the boulders their magnificent rich fiery colours.
The Bay of Fires name actually refers to the Aboriginal fires spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773. One could be forgiven, though, for thinking that it came about because of the intense orange lichen hues of the rocks.
This is also where we experienced the best light and weather conditions for photography. We had one evening and two sunrises that had beautiful colours and clouds. The second evening did not disappoint either as this is when we drove to the lavender farm and witnessed another spectacular sunset.
I took this photo on the second morning that I spent shooting there. One of the photos that I planned involved the first rays of the rising sun hitting the colourful coast and bringing out the warm tones in the boulders. I was also hoping for some clouds and a bit of colour in the sky and water. I was very happy when this moment occurred and it was just beautiful.
The composition you see in this scene revolves around the "lonely tree". It is an iconic subject for photography in this area and for our first visit I planned the morning sessions around this spot. It allowed me to get a good feel for the surroundings, learn where the summer light works best, watch the changing tides and absorb the beauty of this location.
In the future I would like to explore the Bay of Fires a bit further. We saw many wonderful little spots and coves that were perfect for a little picnic or for photography. Even during peak holiday season it was very peaceful and tranquil out there and we enjoyed the area very much.
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