This amazing Landscape is about 75km from my home and I found it when exploring one day with my photography gear. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs whilst also having a focus on creating images from abroad I’d also like to look closer to home for inspiration. Australia has this long long stretch of mountains called the great diving range and it is 3500km !!! There are some really significant landmarks along it too including the snowy mountain range (Mount Kosciusko), the blue mountains (three sisters), Scenic Rim, and the Victorian Alps.
I asked a couple of my buddies, one a Dr. who works at the Sydney Museum and another with a post-graduate in the Australian mining industry, more about the Great Diving range because my knowledge of it from high school geography is a little foggy these days and here’s what they had to say
- That the Australian Great Dividing Range formed approximately 2-300 million years ago due to two supercontinents crashing into one another and the range was the result.
- Since then it has had a lot of wind and water erosion and used to be a lot higher
- The mountains formed due to force from the nearby plate margin and a similar situation can be seen in the Rocky Mountains in Northern USA
- It was during the triassic period that Gondwana, the south super-continent, crashed into Laurasia, the north super-continent
I found this little map, from wikipedia, showing the two supercontinents from that time period. It’s really cool to unravel time and what once existed !!! well to me anyways 🙂
So, just a short drive out my door and I can step back in time and see the result of an age when two giant super continents collided, pretty cool huh. Well most Australians can because the bulk of us all live on the east coast where the mountain range is situated and it basically runs from Melbourne to Cairns.
Pictured here you can see the Great Divind Range and this exact location is known as the Scenic Rim. Looking just below the main range you can see all these small ripples in the earth’s surface. Some of them are collapsing like the ground has been torn out from underneath them and it is due to water erosion, but to me it looks like the result of an earthquake. Seeing significant landmarks like this and giving it context reminds you that the world isn’t set in stone and that it is continually changing and evolving with time, and that is an amazing thing.
In this image it was due to the fact that I shot this in the middle of the day that I got such strong lighting conditions on all these impressions and bumps in the land. Shooting a HDR bracket also allowed me get a lot of detail in the shadows of the landscape and therefore create this composition full of energy that radiates the warmth of the Australian Landscape. Australia can be a hot and harsh environment when she wants to be and I think this image shows a lot of contradictions that we get here in South East Queensland. The landscape looks dry and arid, yet we see up on the escarpment that it’s also quite fertile with areas of rainforest that can get really humid and wet.
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