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Lake Zwarberg – Scott Hartvigsen


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Lake Zwarberg

Named after local businessman Albert Zwar in 1912, Lake Zwarberg was formed from the sluice-pit left behind after alluvial gold mining operations. From the beginning, ‘special efforts’ made by the Beechworth Progress Association to ‘improve’ the Lake came to nought. Attempts to turn it into a trout fishery failed, maybe because the trout fingerlings were eaten by the Lake’s resident population of ‘rakali’ — a carnivorous native rodent with thick waterproof fur and webbed feet, which can still be seen in the early morning light. Today Lake Zwarberg remains a strange little lake, fringed with lurid green water plants, beckoning passers-by with its twisted gums and eerie reflections. – Jacqui Durrant

Scott Hartvigsen

Scott Hartvigsen is a Beechworth based photographer with a strong interest in ecology and the environment. Scott  has been a professional photographer for the past 20 years, but regards himself as an emerging art photographer, he was recently a finalist in the National Photography Prize. Scott has photographed in all kinds of conditions, from the heat and smoke of the Victorian bushfires to the frozen prairies of Newfoundland. With a background as a field ecologist and environmental conservationist, he welcomes the challenge of unique, nature-based and outdoor photographic assignments. Scott has documented logging blockades for the Wilderness Society and has been an in-house photographer for the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.


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