We often have guests stay at Glencoe Country B&B that are keen photographers, either as a hobby or professional – particularly whenever there’s a good Aurora Australis Tasmania!

Just this weekend we had the most amazing auroras that could be seen by standing in our paddock.

The Aurora Australis Tasmania this past few days has been caused by the strongest geomagnetic storm of the past 20 years.

Seeing the pinks and greens of the aurora around Mt Roland was amazing and so beautiful.

You can get reasonable photos using your phone if it is one of the latest models. However, if you are using a DSLR camera your photos will be something else.

Get a tripod so you can take stable, long-exposure photos, and a wide-angle fast lens in the 10mm-35mm range.

Use the slowest F-stop possible to let in the most light, and use an ISO setting of 800-2,500 depending on how bright the lights are.

A remote shutter release can also help prevent the camera shaking. Two websites to check out for aurora predictions are; Aurora Australis Tasmania Forecast – how to see the Southern Lights and cdn.softservenews.com

Cradle mountain this time of year puts on an amazing display as it is one of the best places to see the Fagus.

Fagus is a type of tree; a deciduous beech tree. It is one of Tasmania’s endemic plant species and is Australia’s only cold-climate native deciduous tree.

It is also a living fossil; a relic of the Gondwana era and member of the genus of southern beeches, of which there are three species in Australia.

Although, two species in Australia are evergreen, not deciduous. The annual ‘turning of the fagus’ in mid-autumn produces a riot of colour in Tasmania’s high country.

The crinkle-cut leaves turn from brilliant gold to fiery rust red and orange creating a majestic tapestry in the alpine landscape.

Apart from the ‘turning of the Fagus,’ there are also lush green forests filled with King Billy and Pencil Pines, which are also very photogenic, plus mosses, lichens and liverworts everywhere.

It’s also one of the best locations to photograph a wide variety of beautiful fungi found in every conceivable shape, size and colour.

So, pack your camera and warm clothes to visit Tassie in my favourite seasons of Autumn and Winter, you might just catch the awe-inspiring Aurora Australis Tasmania.

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