This is the first image in a new, ongoing series called ‘Portals’ which I’ll talk more about in the future. It was photographed at the top of 80m Morans Falls at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park.
To reach the top of the waterfall I hiked 2.5km down through the rainforest carrying a tripod, camera bag and dress. I walked back and forth trying to find this this place which I’d seen repeatedly on Instagram. I even stopped to ask an O’Reilly’s tour guide who flat out lied to me and said it was a 6km walk away when it was actually 20m over a fence. Thankfully, someone on Instagram came to my rescue. When I first reached it I sat down and ate my lunch while marvelling at the beauty of the world. Then it was time to photograph.
This image is a self-portrait that includes nine long-exposure images stitched together as a panorama.
It will always be a reminder, a portal if you will, of a wonderful few days hiking alone in a forest, remembering that the world is still full of incredible natural treasures just outside the bustle of everyday life.