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“The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!” (Proverbs 23:24-25 NIV)
Iconic Russell Falls is located in Mt. Field National Park, World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia.
Because it’s relatively close to Hobart, it has become our favorite frequent family getaway. The walk to Russell Falls is quite short, so we always venture through the rainforest and towering man ferns to see how much water is pouring over this impressive 60 m (190 ft) waterfall. Some days Russell Falls is roaring with water while during times of bad drought I could catch nearly the entire waterfall in a bucket.
On one beautiful early summer day I decided to take my 4 year old daughter out for a bushwalk at Mt. Field, which included Russell Falls.
I consider myself EXTREMELY blessed to have a little girl who absolutely LOVES bushwalking! Amazingly she never complains, even after several hours of hiking steep, rocky mountain tracks (in actual fact, she complains far more over what color socks I’ve made her wear).
However, landscape photography with a four year old child in tow is next to impossible, but I took my camera just in case. When we got to Russell Falls I was quite impressed with the beautiful angle of the sunlight on the falls, so I thought I’d quickly try to snap a shot or two.
I told Amariah to be a good girl on the observation deck while Mommy took some photos. (I wondered how long that would actually last before she began climbing something vertical, as she’s part squirrel.)
The lighting was so beautiful that I spent a lot of time trying out different compositions. I always lose track of time when shooting, but according to how many pictures were on my memory card, Amariah must have been a very good girl for quite awhile. I was very, very pleased she was a perfect little angel during her Mommy’s entire photo shoot. And interestingly, despite all my long efforts to get a perfect shot, the best one was actually my very first handheld test shot.
When I look at this photo I am very pleased with it, just as I was pleased with my patient little girl, who is such a wonderful blessing to me in so many ways.