They subsequently realised that a website that embraced the cultural, historic, conservation and landscape (from a nature perspective) of the greater Blue Mountains was required. This website endeavours to provide this.
The first mainframe computer he programmed had 64K of memory.
In the early seventies he worked with the USAF in Woomera on what was then the largest IBM computer in the Southern Hemisphere. Over the next many years he managed major IT projects for several large organisations - forming his own company (Waratah Software) in 1987.
Alan won 1st prize for photography at the 1976 Royal Easter Show.Waratah Software website.
Since retiring from "paid work" he has turned his energies to "growing" his own website and developing websites for environmental organisations.
He was the Blue Mountains Conservation Society's webmaster from 2010-15 and 2018-22, and its president in 2014-15. He is now its Environment Education Officer.
He has recently written and published a children's book on Blue Mountains Nature - details of which can be found on the home page.
At university Ian studied ecology, geomorphology and conservation and had a 20-year career in national park management, most of it in the Blue Mountains where he has lived for 30 years. Ian has pursued a lifelong passion for the natural world and its protection, and now works as an environmental and interpretation consultant while pursuing other projects in photography, conservation and writing.
Ian's nature photography of the Blue Mountains is well known, and he also ranges over much of Australia and beyond. In his photographs he tries to capture beauty with clarity and integrity. Ian likes to work in a traditional way with a large format view camera and film, but finds that digital equipment is often more practical.
Ian's writing has also appeared in many magazines, books and websites. He has worked on numerous projects developing booklets, brochures, information signs and interpretive signs for national parks and similar areas.
Ian has been frustrated that factual and inspiring information on natural aspects of the Greater Blue Mountains has been scattered and of variable depth and quality. He hopes this website will develop as a partial solution to that problem.