NT landscapes picture-perfect
Photographer captures the Top End’s stunning natural beauty.
Nature and landscape photographer Louise Denton began her love affair with the Northern Territory more than a decade ago when Darwin was a stop on her backpacking trip around Australia.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Louise found the NT’s lifestyle and environment too hard to leave.
She was attracted by the “uniqueness of its habitats and the wide-open spaces” and discovered the NT’s rugged landscapes to be a nature photographer’s dream.
“I came to Darwin as a backpacker way back in 2009 and never left,” Louise said.
“The region just got under my skin. The lifestyle is relaxed, the people are friendly and the climate I mostly love.
“The natural environment here has become something very special to me.”
Louise’s love of the NT’s spectacular beauty has been captured in her book, The Wonder of Nature’s Way, featuring 250 images taken over three years.
The book focuses on the popular Nature’s Way tourist drive which stretches from Darwin, through Kakadu and south to Katherine and Nimtiluk National Park (formerly known as Katherine Gorge) before looping back to Darwin via Litchfield National Park.
“I have included a range of photographs including the landmarks and tourist attractions people love, the wildlife and flora they may encounter as well as some more off-the-beaten-track locations to inspire the adventurous,” Louise said.
“The book aims to explain a little about our natural environment – our seasons, our diverse habitats and the popular national parks.”
The photos reflect Louise’s adventurous spirit. She was prepared to literally go the extra mile to get the perfect shot in all weather conditions across all terrain.
“The main issue probably comes down to access,” she said.
“A lot of our roads are not bitumen and with a bit of rain they are dangerous, flooded and often closed.
“We also have a lot of inaccessible country in the sense that it’s so isolated from roads and people.
“It’s one of the last few remaining wildernesses of the world and I love that, despite the challenges.
“I do a fair bit of multi-day hiking to get out into those remote areas and also some aerial imagery which can be seen in the book.”
Having seen and photographed so much of the NT, Louise finds choosing a favourite destination to be more difficult for her than getting that perfect shot.
“There is something different everywhere and I love capturing it all,” Louise said.
“Every year I explore different areas and do different hikes … I still manage to experience something different every time.
“Kakadu has a huge diversity and is World Heritage-listed for both cultural and natural reasons.
“Litchfield is easily accessible and spectacular, but I do love Nitmiluk National Park – there’s a great range of things to do there for every visitor.”
See more of Louise’s work at her website.
PHOTOS: LOUISE DENTON