Off the beaten path

I've been an avid hiker since I can remember. Recording my discoveries on film (or with digital imaging) has always been one of my passions. I have found myself staying with the safe paths lately though. As I get older, climbing rocks and steep hills becomes more difficult. Not too long ago I took a detour during one of my hikes and found a hidden area out of sight of the worn pathway I frequently walk.

The terrain became steeper and large rocks blocked the way. Driven by what was to be found just out of sight, I climbed rocks, jumped a stream and waded muddy areas to find a beautiful small stream in a narrow gully with steep rock walls lining it. I was not the first to find it I'm sure. There was a rope rigged to climb further up the stream.

The images that came out of this adventure have inspired me to go beyond the limits of the trail once again. I hope it does the same for the rest of you. Happy hunting to all of you! null

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May 24, 2016


There is always an element of danger in everything. the difference is preparation. never enter into anything without the proper equipment. a good pair of hiking shoes with proper tread for this type of adventure is the first thing. proper protection for your equipment (a good camera backpack with tripod straps. dress appropriately, shorts and a sleeveless shirt aren't the right clothing! a good walking stick doesn't hurt either, something to help steady you when you are in unbalanced situation. Choose your path carefully. in other words plan your steps. There is much thought that goes into this type of photographic excursion.

May 24, 2016


Good work but be alert for misplace your feet.

May 23, 2016


Would love to hike the grounds you have. One day I will make it to Australia. Have wanted to go to the outback for years. Love your portfolio Martingraf!

May 21, 2016


a bit of an adventure keeps one young and I love exploring some hidden gully too - did that in Australia and now in Europe - they are always fun, and yes, you have to be a bit careful

May 20, 2016


You are so right! The most important thing is a good pair of hiking boots. Though some muscle creme for the next day is a good idea too.

May 20, 2016


Inspiring! Be careful though. As you know, moss covered rocks can be slippery.

If you should fall and get stuck out there, can I have your camera equipment?

Being near 70, I know how we can try things we shouldn't. No need for everyone to suffer.

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Photo credits: David Coleman.