Monday Morning Mountain Magic

On Monday morning, very early,  I made the hike up the Face Track to the top of the Mt Roland plateau. I had been planning to do it on Sunday however the pouring early morning rain suggested it may not be the best time to do it. 

A couple of recent hikes to Mt Claude had shown me the wildflowers were looking pretty good and I was hoping to find some scoparia...described here...

The Tasmanian wilderness is the only place in the world you'll find the ferociously prickly plant known as scoparia (Richea scoparia). It forms dense thickets that few bushwalkers would want to be flung into.

I wasn't disappointed!








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Above Mt. Claude

An early visit to Mt Claude mid-week paid off with some great conditions!


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Wild!

There are some great wildflowers around at the moment and a good place to see them is the hike up to Mt Claude from the Round Mountain Lookout in Olivers Road. Whilst there are some very steep sections in the first section up the towers access road, overall its around 5 - 6km out and back to really take in the great display. This mornings foggy conditions and dampness really added a nice atmosphere to the scenery.





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Gulp!

Did you know the collective noun for cormorants is "gulp"?So here's a gulp of cormorants from this morning flying over the neighbours dam with Mt Roland looking rather nice in the background. Seemed suited to black and white.......


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Let There Be Light!

A fantastic burst of sun rays this morning over the back fence. It's pretty good when you can just wander over to the fence to catch a scene like this!


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Make 2021 a Year to Remember!

My new Tasmania is ready to go!! After 4 months down here I've put together a fantastic collection of images highlighting my local area, the Kentish Municipality. Check out the images...then let me know how many you want to order! A3 size when opened up. $20 each.







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Paddock Panoramas

 Here's a couple of panoramas from the paddock next door. The first is from a few days ago, a slightly different view of Mt Roland from down a bit lower and the second is from this morning when the mountain had a lovely lenticular cloud crowning its peaks.



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The Mountains

This is an early morning view from Staverton looking across the trees to Mt Roland on the left, Mt VanDyke just poking its summit through the clouds just to the right of centre, and Mt Claude on the right.


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Next Door

We have a great farm next door to us here in Tassie and the farmer is very happy for me to wander in to take a few pics. Last week I visited the paddock quite a few times for some great early morning conditions. It continues to amaze how this one area can offer so much! The first one here from Friday is my favourite though I reckon some of the others aren't too bad...and the cows were very helpful with their posing!
















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The Promised Land

Whilst I've been capturing new images daily here in Tasmania (over 4 months now!) I've been a bit negligent in posting here so I think it's time to start sharing some of the amazing landscapes I'm discovering. To get things going here's a sunrise from Monday morning only a short distance from home in a locality called Promised Land!


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More Lake Magic

Here's a few more from Fridays visit to Lake Barrington. The last two I captured on the drive home, just as you start to gain a bit of elevation from the lake. I figured the last one was worth the effort of pulling over and lowering the passenger window to get a clear view!




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Lake Barrington

On Friday morning I made my first visit to Lake Barrington, a very scenic 15 minutes or so from home. Lake Barrington is known as one of the top rowing regatta lakes in Australia (sounds familiar doesn't it?!), however I stopped at a spot further north on the lake. As this was my first visit, and I left in the dark, I wasn't really sure what to expect, though the forecast was good, so I'm pretty happy with what I found!
More to come!!
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The Lake

I think I have found my Lake Wendouree substitute! Another lovely, chilly morning ... around -3 at this spot just a few minutes drive from home.


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Paradise

This morning I went to Paradise - literally! It's an area only a few minutes from home and as I headed out I had a feeling I might be in for something special....here it is!
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Moods

Mount Roland stands 1234 metres above the countryside and completely dominates the landscape here in the Sheffield district. Its craggy top is often covered in low lying mist and whilst the long view is stunning, getting in close to capture its craggy top is something I'm really enjoying. Here's a selection from this past week. It's been great to be out of isolation to enable me to move around the mountain a bit more and see it from different angles......though a couple of these are taken from the back yard!



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Monday Morning Mountain Magic

On Monday morning, very early,  I made the hike up the Face Track to the top of the Mt Roland plateau. I had been planning to do it on Sunda...