Enlightened

At the intersection of the NT, South Australia and Queensland, Lake Poeppel is a dry salt encrusted lake for much of the year. Following a late wet, I was one of the first into the area for the season and had the privilege of seeing something special, unique and memorable.

Camping solo on the side of a salt lake in the middle of the desert, with nothing but the sounds of nature to break the silence. Nearing the end of seven weeks in the Simpson Desert, I spent a few days camping at Lake Poeppel. I woke early one morning - before any light broke the horizon - and walked out around the lake to where a large section of water glistened black under a million stars. In an attempt to capture the perfect image, I walked out knee deep into the salty, inky water and began a game of patience as I waited for the rippling waters around me to still. With my feet planted in sticky black mud below the surface, I stood motionless for an hour, watching as the early reds appeared then disappeared from the sky. Bitterly disappointed, I feared I would walk away with nothing, but just in case, I waited until I could see the sun itself. Photography is all about patience, and in the case of this morning it was definitely worth the wait.

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Paul's Landscape Photography Tip

Nature acts in it's own way and whilst I believe its always fantastic, it does not always put on a show. Be prepared for anything even if it is not necessarily what you really want - but also don't be disappointed if you get nothing. There is always tomorrow.