Menindee storm produces prized shot

Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

The prizewinning photo of Menindee Lakes was taken on January 27. The prizewinning photo of Menindee Lakes was taken on January 27.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Julie Fletcher says she's no storm chaser, but the professional photographer's ability to track and monitor a storm front hovering over the Menindee Lakes led her to capture the spell-binding image known as 'Graveyard.'

"I watched the weather conditions and I've been doing a fair bit of work in the Menindee Lakes area in the last 12 months," Mrs Fletcher said.

"So hence I saw that storm front and I travelled from home in the Flinders Ranges to Menindee to try and capture some spectacular images."

The picture of murky limegreen water and deathly trees won Mrs Fletcher a People's Choice Award at the ANZANG Nature Photography Exhibition at the SA National Museum this month.

"I never expect anything," she said humbly. "You can hope and I know when I walked in on the scene that it was something special.

"I hoped I was going to capture some lightning, which I did before the front moved away."

She used a Nikon D700 to get the remarkable shot.