A new species of spider has been identified in Tasmania, the Blue Tier funnel web spider.
QVMAG Honorary Research Associate John Douglas believes a funnel web spider recently collected in a wet forest near Weldborough is a new species.
The spider is smaller that the Tasmanian funnel web spider but has bigger fangs. It is believed to be poisonous but how dangerous is not know. Its cousin the Sydney funnel web spider is one of the most poisonous spiders in the world so better to be cautious if you come across one in the Blue Tier.
Francois Fourie shot this awesome timelapse of Dark Mofo 2014.
“A few nights ago I went for a walk around town, and just happened to have my camera and tripod with me. So I took some pictures, well…3672 actually.”
You can view more of Francois’ work on his website.
If you have never been to the Tarkine this short video will give you a great glimpse into one of the most stunning regions on the planet.
The Tarkine is now under threat from extensive mining. I hope the region can be protected for future generations as it is truly an amazing and rare place.
The inaugural Hobart Baroque in April 2013 was a spectacular success with public and critics alike. Impressed by the response and the exceptional number of interstate visitors and recognizing its enormous potential, The State Government of Tasmania has increased support for Hobart Baroque, seeing it, as indeed we do, as a perfect foil for MONA FOMA and Dark MOFO, the two equally original local festivals created by MONA.
The second Hobart Baroque offers an exceptional range of performances from a fully staged performance of Orlando, an operatic masterpiece by Handel, to a rare performance of early music from the Ottoman Empire followed by a sumptuous banquet.
This morning the fine folks at MONA FOMA have announced the next DARK MOFO festival.
The program will be fully known in April but so far we have :
DARK MOFO 2014
Hobart, June 12-22 / Launceston, June 20-July 5
MONA’s winter exhibition opening, Tuesday June 17
Winter Feast, Nude Swim + more, Wednesday June 18-Sunday June 22
Exciting ! The 2013 inaugural DARK MOFO created a real buzz so we are looking forward to the next one.
The wonderful documentary ‘The Gourmet Farmer, series 3’ is out now on DVD.
You can buy it online directly from Matthew Evans’ shop, A Common Ground.
You can watch the trailer for season 3 here.
Here is the trailer for season 2 :
Gorgeous view of Hobart this morning from Mt Wellington.
It was so clear that you could see all the way to the Tasman Peninsula.
Beautiful forest scene in the Blue Tier, north east Tasmania (between Weldborough and Pyengana).
Chris Bell is one of the most revered wilderness photographers in Tasmania.
He has just published a new book called The Tarkine.
Chris agreed to answer some of my questions about the book (read below).
What was the motivation to produce this book ?
It had been 18 years since I first visited the Tarkine coast and I had forgotten how wonderful it really was. My vision had also changed and I now saw things I had ‘missed’ before. I was struck by how varied the coast was, how charming the components were – but also how ephemeral much of this beauty was. A day later and some of the things I was admiring had disappeared. I have never seen so many potential subjects in a remote location before and was determined to do all I could to ensure that this wonderful place wasn’t ruined by inappropriate land uses. The book project had begun!
How long did it take you to capture all the images ?
I worked on this project for about 3 years ( off and on ) yet even though I think I have captured the essence of the Tarkine, most of what I saw remains ‘un-captured’. There are many things working against the photographer here – high winds, rain etc which make photography difficult, but mostly it is the ephemeral nature of much of this place that makes photography difficult; a wonderful subject one day may have vanished a day later.
Could you tell us about a special moment while you were there ?
There are always special moments when working on a project such as this but possibly the one that charmed me the most was when I was walking back along the coast near the Interview River and suddenly realised I was accompanied by a Tasmanian Devil which was trotting along several metres in front of me; it was not concerned with my presence and I walked the last half kilometre or so before we parted company and it trotted off among the sand dunes. These are the memories that last and that I want to recall later when I will need it most.
You can view sample images and purchase the book online from Chris Bell’s website.