Hidden Wonders – Pilliga Nature Reserve

One of things I love the most about nature photography is the surprises. There always seems to be something new and often unexpected and at times it feels almost like a treasure hunt, except I usually have no idea where the treasure is and what it might be. In October and November, 2014, I went…

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Gotta Love Girraween!

I had known about Girraween National Park for a few years before I finally visited the place in October, 2014. A couple of friends of mine, Vanessa and Chris Ryan, run a website dedicated to this amazing piece of Australia and I had often looked at some of their photos and marvelled at the unique…

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The makings of a road trip.

  I find few things more satisfying than getting in the car and going for a long drive, so when the opportunity presents itself I like to make the most of it. What started as a conversation about spending a day or two filming an episode of Hike Or Die with my mate, Tom, turned…

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Welcome to lifeunseen.com

My name is Nick Monaghan. I have been fascinated by insects, spiders and other invertebrates for as long as I can remember and I have been a keen photographer for more than 25 years, so it seemed only natural that I would one day combine the two passions and begin learning the art of macro photography. On the 25th of…

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What’s in the bag?

Above photo courtesy of Rowan Bestmann (http://bestmannimagery.com/) It doesn’t sound too difficult to grab a camera and head off into the bush to photograph insects, but even a short trip to the local park can soon turn sour if you’re not prepared. I’m not necessarily talking about doomsday stuff like twisting an ankle and falling…

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The Mighty MP-E

One of my chief aims in macro photography has been to get closer to my subjects to highlight the extraordinary beauty and complexity of Australia’s invertebrate wildlife, but budget can play a big part in the gear one chooses. When I first started, it was just a fixed-lens camera with a macro setting and a…

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Dandenong Ranges National Park.

As far as photographic locations go, Dandenong Ranges National Park couldn’t be more convenient for me. The park boundary is only a few hundred meters from where I live, so it’s the perfect place to escape to without too much forward planning. The park covers an area of approximately 32 square kilometres in Melbourne’s outer…

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Cathedral Ranges State Park

Every couple of months I like to jump in my car and take a drive out along Maroondah Highway, heading north-northeast away from Melbourne. In no time I have left behind the outer suburbs and entered the wine country of the Yarra Valley. I keep going, passing through the town of Healesville and winding up…

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Mt. Lofty Park

Living in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I have a number of national, state and public parks that are within easy reach when I wish to get out with my camera. I have the Dandenong Ranges National Park only a few hundred meters from where I live, Yarra Ranges National Park and Kinglake National…

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The Cairns Trip, October 2013

I should start by saying that I never actually stayed in Cairns at all, but for whatever reason I have always referred to the holiday as The Cairns Trip. But anyway…. In October 2013, after a few years of frustrating false starts, I finally got to fulfil my lifelong dream of visiting the lush tropics of Far North Queensland….

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