In these times of uncertainty and turmoil, the Wilderness still sits in the background. Quiet, boisterous, peaceful, serene, feisty and magnificent. It’s many moods continue. It doesn’t know about a virus, or the stock market, or any of our other problems (apart from Climate Change). It is still a fabulous place to escape to and just be there.
Yesterday I visited my favourite patch of Tasmanian Snowgums. It seemed a good time to go as there had been a fair bit of rain and that usually brings the colour out in the bark of these fabulous trees.
I parked my car and walked into the forest. All I saw in front of me was lifeless grey trunks. Bummer. Oh well, I decided to take a wander through the trees anyway. What I had forgotten was that I was facing the weather so the dry side of the trees was also facing me. As I worked my way up the slope through the boulders I began seeing some beautiful colours on the weather side of the trees. The classic reds, yellows and oranges that these trees sometimes display.
I stopped at a good vantage point of a couple of very special trees and looked around. Today the weather could be described as “feisty”. In fact it was blowing a gale with the occasional scudding rain shower thundering through. The Bush was Alive!
The wind was rapidly blowing the trees dry so I donned my Mont waterproofs and sat down to wait for the next blast of rain to get wet….It didn’t take long and I managed to grab a couple of images before the bark was gale dried again.
Sanity still prevails in the Bush!
By adventure photographer and Mont Ambassador Geoff Murray.
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...on the morning that the reserves were to be opened, I was awake at 3am, on the road by 4am and walking away from the car in the foothills of Mount Wellington at 5am.
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