Cradle Mountain National Park is one of the worlds remaining pristine & untouched environment’s. The only visible impact man has made on the park is small wooden huts high up in the ranges every few kilometres for hikers to escape the harsh snowy weather. There are also thin hiking trails winding in and out of mountains and valleys. Coming to environment like this was exciting for me for a few reasons but mostly because I was seeing flora and fauna I’d never seen before. Tasmania is obviously an Island and has therefore had millions of years for species to develop and diverge and it’s absolutely fascinating. The colours are rich with reds and fluoro type yellows and greens and you can find moss so thick and fluffy you could make a bed out of it. Many of the trails take you through these small bio-environments where you get pockets of one type of tree all clumped together and then maybe an area covered in a waist high shrub in the next area. It’s this diversity that makes exploring Cradle Mountain National Park so invigorating and interesting.
Pictured here is the famous Dove Lake which I had to camp out to get and also weather quite a few storms too. I got a few minutes where the rain died down and there was a snippet of blue sky on the horizon for me to shoot this composition. I jumped from rock to rock with my camera and tripod and then submerged it in about 1.2 metres of water whilst I stood like a flamingo on two rocks poking out of the water 🙂 It was totally worth it though and loved the final result.
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