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~Laratinga Wetlands~

~Laratinga Wetlands~
Photo Information
Copyright: Tina Sieben (gypsygirl58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-19
Categories: Birds, Water Plants, Trees
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 2:18
Viewed: 4430
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo whilst visiting Laratina Wetlands with a friend recently. It is near to where I live in Mt Barker, South Australia. It is a lovely place to visit and have a walk or a sit down and really enjoy the wildlifeof which there is plenty. The colouring in the sky and water is as it was, the sun had just gone down. The reeds in the foreground are probably nests of the Swamphen that are there.

Laratinga Wetlands:
Location: Corner of Springs Rd and Bald Hills Rd Mount Barker, South Australia 5251
Elevation: 310 metres
Area: Total area of 16.7 ha (10.7 ha underwater)
Wetland Type: Storage basin/sedimentary pond to remove excess nutrients from the "Class A" water being released from the effluent ponds.

The Laratinga Wetland, constructed in 1999, is a District Council of Mount Barker development, located in Mt Barker in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia. The Aboriginal Peramangk peoples' name for the Mt Barker Creek is Laratinga.
The main function of the wetland is to filter "A Class" water from the nearby effluent treatment plant.
Effluent from Littlehampton and Mount Barker, with a combined population of around 12000 in 2000 is treated at this plant. With a growing population, the disposal of this treated water became a concern to Council in 1993. For many years the treated water flowed into the Mt Barker Creek, and the impact on the ecology of the creek was becoming an issue. Upgrading of the treatment plant in the late 1990s included plans to build the large artificial wetland to filter the water further and reuse it for local irrigators, parks and gardens. Effluent from nearby Nairne is now being pumped to the effluent treatment plant and through the wetland, bypassing the Nairne oxidation lagoons. This is having obvious benefits on the health of the Nairne Creek. The improvements to the effluent treatment plant including the wetland cost around $5 million.

The wetland has taken several years to resemble a natural ecosystem. Landscaping design with the use of indigenous plant species has encouraged birds to utilise the wetland. Migrating birds utilise the safe island habitats. A food forest for Cockatoos has encouraged Cockatoos including the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo back to the area. Several species of indigenous fish will be introduced to the wetland in the future.

PP work:
Cropped the image a tad from the original
Altered the brightness and contrast levels a tad
Sharpened the image

Hope you like it, thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques. Cheers Tina :-)

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Hi Tina
Une superbe présentation, l'exposition est parfaite. J'aime beaucoup l'effet de profondeur laissé par l'eau à l'avant de la forêt
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoi....JP

Hi Tina,
This is a lovely image of this very pretty area. Great to see some council areas are getting the message. You have presented us with some very pretty colours and reflections in your image. Very nice indeed.

This is an interesting image with unusual lighting and color. I think a smaller aperture may have increased the depth of field a bit giving you more focus in the far trees.

Evelynn : )

Hi Tina ,
very nice landscape.
beautiful colours and great composition.
well done

Hello Tina,
This is a beautiful place that you captured with excellent colors, exposure and composition. I agree that the foreground must be a nest. It looks a bit like a beaver nest that we have here. Your notes are interesting. Thanks,

hi tina!
beautiful colors and great view on this wetlands.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-03 23:56]
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Beautiful colors, nice reflection in water and outstanding composition. Excellent, informative note. I am guessing that the light conditions were a challenge since you used such a large aperture and still only got 1/30s shutter speed.

  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-05-04 19:38]

Hello Tina lovely colour tones and nice detail well composed with good dof and sharpness. Nice colour variations in the trees TFS Rgds Necip :-) ltr

What an amazing landscape shot...such superb colors and an sharp reflection!

Hi Tina,

You have a good landscape here. I like it. Very nice colours. Well done.


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