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I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Denmark, Western Australia - Where the forest meets the sea

Hi everyone. We have just returned from our yearly few days visiting my Aunt in Denmark on Western Australia's south coast. Denmark would have to be one of my most favourite spots in Western Australia.  

I have blogged about Denmark before - 
Denmark & Walpole wilderness 
Denmark, where the forest meets the sea 
Denmark weekend 

So for today, just a few photos to take you back there. 

It was misty raining for the few days we were there. Below is a photo of the karri forest in misty rain along the Denmark River. I've blurred the image by moving the camera when I took the shot. Do you like the effect?


Denmark is nestled in the towering karri forests which literally come down to the sea or at least the inlet edge. You can see the karri trees below along the Denmark river which flows through the town of Denmark, then into Wilson Inlet, and then beyond to the Southern Ocean. Such a gorgeous setting. We saw a team training in a dragon boat on the river. Yes it was raining, but I don't mind walking in the misty rain as long as I have my rain jacket and a hat and my camera doesn't get too wet!


 You may get a bit of a sense of the height of the karri trees in the images below. Still raining! We always joked that it always rains in Denmark whatever the season. They have had water restrictions this summer so the rain is welcome.


The karri trees constantly shed their bark in sheets. 


There is plenty to do in Denmark - beautiful beaches with clear blue water (I recommend Greens Pool at William Bay - you can see it below), walk trails, mountains to climb (Mt Lindesay 9km return to the summit) and wineries, restaurants, produce outlets, galleries and artisans to visit.  

About 12 kilometres out of town along Scotsdale Road is the Harewood Forest Walk. This beautiful 1.2km return walk (allow 40 minutes) winds upstream through karri regrowth forest. You can see the start of it below left.



This scene was taken over Wilson Inlet just down from our hotel. There were lots of pelicans, black swans and other water birds gliding over the water or feeding.


And below taken on a better morning from a previous trip. Or perhaps I just got up earlier to watch the sun kiss the paperbark trees lining the Inlet.



Denmark attracts artisans and you can't help be inspired when you visit the galleries.
While we were there I "discovered" Meleah Farrell -Meleah.Farrell.Abstract.Photographer.
I am in love with her work, so I hope you will take a moment to click on the link to go to her Facebook page or blog to see her work.

Meleah says: "With my photography I like to see the ‘special’ in the ‘everyday’. I like experimenting using unconventional photographic techniques. All my images are created ‘in-camera’ with little or no manipulation in Photoshop. I try to create a photograph to be, for me, an abstract form of expression, and for the viewer, something that challenges their perceptions and expectations of the world around them."

And below a quote I saw in Denmark over an image I took of Canna Lilys in my Aunt's garden. I was inspired by Meleah to take this photo and the one at the top of this post of the karri trees by the river. I hope it encourages you to imagine what could be.



Where does the name Denmark come from?
A The first European explorer to this area (1829), Dr Thomas Wilson, named the Denmark River after his mentor and friend, Dr Alexander Denmark, a Royal Naval Surgeon.

To find out more about Denmark please go to the Denmark VIsitor Centre website by clicking here - Denmark, Western Australia
 
Only a short post today but thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

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21 comments:

  1. Excellent photos - you've shared some great ones here!
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/abstractions.html

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  2. Beautiful scenery. Love the karri trees!

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  3. Hello, Jill! I love the beautiful trees. The river scene looks so peaceful. The beach and blue water are gorgeous, wish I was there. I love the pier shot and the lovely image and quote. Wonderful post! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  4. Loved the photos and you managed to make a rain soaked place look inviting. After far too many years in Seattle rain we do our best to avoid the stuff but your post had me thinking that this might be a place to visit even with the rain.

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  5. Rather reminds me of Oregon! I love the swans!! That beach looks like you could walk out into the water for a long ways and still be in shallow water! Cool!

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  6. Lovely and those trees are impressive. The blurring works well for a rainy day photo, I think.

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  7. What a beautiful part of your country. I don't think I'd mind the rain, with such lovely places to walk. The photo of the wharf is exceptional!

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  8. Wonderful nature photos.
    I'm impressived
    I would appreciate a link to my Challenge. Please leave a comment with the link back to your post, I link it manually.
    I would be very happy.
    the challenge goes every Thursday

    Look here :Natur-Donnerstag
    Warm greetings from Germany

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  9. Oh I do love the way you get so creative along with your sharing of the beauty around you Jill. I love what you do. All of the magical trees where you photograph, all so very different from our own, and yet so very amazing. Trees, the life blood of the earth. Hugs~

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  10. I love the pontoon jetty photos. Karri trees are so majestic, I can't wait to get back to W.A. to see them again. Denmark is a lovely place. Interestingly the Daintree area at Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland uses a similar tagline "Where the rainforest meets the reef".

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  11. I love the pontoon jetty photos. Karri trees are so majestic, I can't wait to get back to W.A. to see them again. Denmark is a lovely place. Interestingly the Daintree area at Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland uses a similar tagline "Where the rainforest meets the reef".

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  12. Dear Jill,
    many thanks for theto the " Natur-Donnerstag "
    I want to ask you,weite also a backlink to my action in your pos please !
    Thank you very much

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  13. Jill, Stunning photos...I especially love the reflections!

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  14. I love your pictures! I am always on the hunt for great places to photograph. It seems you found some very beautiful ones.

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  15. Thank you for taking us along to Denmark Jill! The majestic karri trees are simply gorgeous and so is the blue of the water. I love the abstract effects you created, they have a wonderful sense of motion and rhythm. I'd like to try it :)

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  16. Beauty of misty sceens and stong trees... How come it's called Denmark?

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    1. The first European explorer to this area (1829), Dr Thomas Wilson, named the Denmark River after his mentor and friend, Dr Alexander Denmark, a Royal Naval Surgeon.

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  17. I had never heard of Denmark, Australia before...what a most magnificent place....wow!

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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  18. At first I thought your were in the Scandinavian Denmark Jill but see why you love this (Denmark) area of Australia. I'm going to check the photographer that has inspired you, her quote is heart warming.

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