Glow Worm Tunnel – Lithgow, Blue Mountains 2013

Back in 2013 one of my cousin from Vietnam was visiting Sydney. So me and sister were a willing tourists guide. We took her to a few places and one of them was the Glow Worm Tunnel in Lithgow, Blue Mountains.

The trip was long, it was off road and you still have to hiked in for about half an hour. But it was worth it. You need a 4×4 drive to get to the place but our car can still make it. You just need to drive very carefully that\’s all.

It was Spring when we went to the tunnel and there was a perfumed from the wild flower that was so invigorating. I didn\’t have a macro lens at the time and a 50mm lens just could not get closed enough. It\’s hard to described, there\’s lots of complex aroma. I can smell citric but it complex than that. I never forget the smell of it. Too bad after our visit to the worm cave there was a big bush fire in the region and most of the forest in the area was destroy. It will take a few years for it to grow back.

I was devastated to hear on the news about the bush fire. I was there just a few months back and saw the beauty of the place. But the good news the forest will grow back, the eucalyptus is very resilience to bush fire. They have adapt to the Australian environment. And in 2014 just a few months after the bush fire, we were up there for Autumn and we saw life. So in a few years the forest will be back to it\’s full glory.

At for the photo above you have to look closely to see the glow worms. I have added some made man lights into the scene, it was pitch black in the tunnel. This is where the skill of a light painter comes into play. Just don\’t limit yourselves to one genre of photography. Explore all the possibilities and grow each day as an image producer and you want your photo to have some stories behind it as well.


Published by Travis Chau

I'm a freelance makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. If you hang around creative people long enough you well get the bug to create as well. So now I am into photography, timelapse photography and maybe video/film later.

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