Lutruwita, which is the traditional land owners name given to this beautiful state of Australia, holds a few secrets.
Some people in Lutruwita or Tasmania, have witnessed faeries for many years. Some have been merely shadows, whilst others have had closer encounters. Up until now, the sightings have been kept to family dinners and close friends.
Lady Plummage has been collecting sightings of faeries in Tasmania for many years and is now slowly releasing her interviews, describing various faeries around the state. It has taken a while for Lady Plummage to build trust with the witnesses and for them to share their story.
During the interviews the witnesses have given faery descriptions, which have been illustrated by Terry Whidborne. Further illustrations will happen as more sightings are unearthed.
No-one really knows where they have come from or how many reside in Tasmania. They seem, as described by the witnesses, to be varied in appearance.
The original owners of this land say they are not from here. Not originally.
Along with Lady Plummage, is a small dedicated team helping her mission to show the world what others have seen on this amazing little island at the bottom of the world.
Most of the images on this website have been taken by Neil, our local photographer, with exceptions to the odd one from Lady Plummage.
Neil loves wandering through bracken, discovering new areas and new angles. Although as beautiful as they are, we have noticed with his bag full of impressive lenses, they seem mostly to be macro.
‘I do like to get up and close to the subject. You never know what could be hiding behind a leaf, rock or fungi.’ Neil
Neil spends most of his time trekking around Tasmania, finding amazing locations where others would not dare venture. From icy mountain caps, to small rocky islands off the southern coast, he loves it all.
Neil, even though hasn’t personally seen a clear sighting of a faery, keeps an open mind about them. He’s seen the odd strange shape lurking in the shrubs or a blur of something flying past, which he can’t explain. During his downtime, he quite likes collecting coins and often visits garage sales trying to find that elusive coin or vintage camera. He also loves a good meringue from Daci & Daci, Hobart. He’s been part of Lady Plummage’s team since 2019.
Lady Plummage has a certain casual style to her photos. Some would say, candid.
‘Although, some people I have met do need a helping hand with lights and fudgery, I like to keep my images raw and natural, reflecting this unique wilderness.’ Lady Plummage
Originally, Lady Plummage used a Polaroid J33 Land camera, but then moved onto a camera phone, which she only uses for taking photos. Lady Plummage regards her privacy sacred and will visit people if she needs to talk to them.
As Lady Plummage is very busy, we’ve taken every step to make things swift and easy for her to carry out her research.
‘I’m only 3 clicks away from taking a photo. Anymore than 3 clicks is simply wasteful and very demanding.’Lady Plummage
Neil, our photographer has put together a beautiful video showing the flight of a faery. From the grounds of the lush forests that are carved with trickling streams to islands off the north coast. We travel over varied landscapes accompanied with the signature Faeries of Tasmania melody. We hope you enjoy it.
Lady Plummage holds Cradle Mountain close to her heart. The majestic mountains open up to reveal beautiful lakes dotted with a variety of plants and animals. These include Wombats, pademelons and echidnas. Also, the Nutmeg, Whiskered and Mauve Chested Faery.
This is where Lady Plummage had her first encounter and where her mission began to collect other sightings that may have happened in Tasmania. She still visits the place from time to time, although as the tourists grow in numbers, the encounters of faeries are becoming fewer.
‘It’s a balancing act really. Much like eating the right amount of cake to not broaden ones physique. A case of finding that sweet spot where we can have both, without upsetting the other.’ Lady Plummage
Lady Plummage is extremely annoyed. It appears that a faery, or so she has been convinced, has swapped the capital ‘W’ with a lower case ‘w’ in Terry Whidborne’s name, which appears on the spine of the wrap. Lucky for us, Terry finds this all very amusing and doesn’t expect anything less from the cheeky Tasmanian faeries.
Can you find the faery or the upper case ‘W’?
We do hope they stay well clear of book 2. But who knows what they’ll do.