Overland Track Day 7: Rainforest in Snow

27 August 2017, Overland Track (Bert Nichols Hut to Narcissus Bay), Tasmania

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When we woke up on our last day on the track it was to a world covered in snow.

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So I got up early and took some photos before breakfast on the verandah.

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Back inside the hut, breakfast is about to happen and Don is pouring some milk into his tea or coffee.  You can see the snow outside.

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I’m slower than everyone else, partly because I’m the oldest and have the heaviest pack, so I take off first.  There are no footsteps in the snow ahead.

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And it’s a white wonderland we’re walking through.

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The previous afternoon we could see the clouds building up ahead.  If we’d had to walk through the Du Cane Pass in heavy snow that would have been tricky because it would have been uneven underfoot and the path indistinct.

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Fortunately, in this case, the terrain was flat and the path easy to follow.

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That’s not to stay your feet stayed dry.  There was frequently water to walk through.

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They haven’t caught up to me yet.  The path is still clear.

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Forest in the snow.

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More water to wade through and snow-covered branches coming in from the side.

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An ancient stretch of boardwalk here. The modern variety is more regular.

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We had a ferry to catch at 1pm so we couldn’t afford to waste too much time.

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A stream crossing the path that you have to walk over.  Most of the others had gone past by here.

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Snow hanging on top of branches beside the track.

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In some places, the snow on the branches beside the track was like a maze.

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Most of us stopped for a break at a junction.  Bert, Mitch and Susan in front at the left.  The signpost points to a track at the right to Pine Valley, the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

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A peeling yellow gum in the snow.

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Almost out of it now…

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We’re almost at Narcissus Bay now, where we catch the ferry.

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So that’s it, the last image of the journey.

There are still two posts to come though of monochrome conversions of images from the Overland Track.

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Overland Track Day 6: Rainforest near Du Cane Gap

26 August 2017, Overland Track (Kia Ora Hut to Bert Nichols Hut), Tasmania

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This is a day of walking through the rainforest.  Here we have a small river cascading down towards the Mersey River, which runs parallel to the track though not very close.  Taken from a bridge over the river on the track.

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It’s misty here, perhaps some rain, but overall the day was fine.  In the late afternoon we could see menacing clouds ahead but it didn’t affect us that day.

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Du Cane Hut.

Built in 1910 by Patrick “Paddy” Hartnett as a basis for possum trapping operations.  It was built using King Billy pine and the large wooden structure at the near end is the chimney.    These days it is only available for day visits or as an emergency shelter.

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Paddy’s wife planted native plants around the hut and presumably had a vegetable garden.

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In each of the Tasmanian Walking Company huts (not the public huts and not the Du Cane hut) there is an identical array of books.  So if you start reading a book in one hut, you can keep reading it in the next.  I started reading The Black War by Nicholas Clements, the story of Tasmanian Aboriginal encounters with Europeans, and especially the war at the end of the 1820s.  I didn’t finish it on the track so I bought a copy and I highly recommend you do too.  It treats the accounts of the Aborigines and the settlers separately and shows the accounts of each in different chapters.

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The first white settlement in Tasmania was in 1803.  Clements says there were only 2,000 Aborigines there at that time.  They lived in several tribes, spoke different languages and periodically fought with other tribes.  The main unit was the family group but they occasionally had meetings with larger groups including other tribes for purposes including match-making.

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Initially British settlement was convicts but before long there was a settlement in Hobart, then Launceston and gradually spreading out into the countryside.  There could be free settlers who might have convicts working for them, there were freed convicts and escaped convicts and for a while, bushrangers (outlaws).  Initially there was not much agriculture and the Europeans competed with the Aborigines in hunting game such as Bennett’s wallabies and grey kangaroos.  Gradually they claimed land for farms and occupied Aboriginal hunting grounds and water supplies.  It wasn’t so much that there was a systematic policy to exterminate the Aborigines but Tasmania is a small island and ultimately there was nowhere for them to go.

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Colonial authorities were often solicitous of Aboriginal welfare at least in theory, though settlement undermined Aboriginal society, violence on the frontier was outside the control of the authorities and no white person was ever arrested for killing an Aborigine in Tasmania.  There could be unprovoked murderous violence against Aborigines, and women and children could be kidnapped (though they usually escaped).  Aborigines could also kill whites and retribution for that could be disproportionate and misplaced.

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For the first twenty years, the Europeans that Aboriginals killed were often specific people who had wronged them.  Then the central and eastern tribes gradually realised that their whole way of life was becoming untenable and each effectively declared war on all whites.  In 1824 there were maybe 1,000 Aborigines and declining as compared to say 14,000 Europeans and rapidly rising.  From 1824 to 1831 around 281 colonists and 600 Aborigines died violently.  For the Aborigines this was a huge proportion of their population.  The fighting was much more intense than in other parts of Australia and the Aborigines provided very effective resistance.   They went down fighting, even well past the point when they could see that they could no longer win.

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The Aborigines only attacked in daylight using spears and clubs.  This was not because they were unable to obtain or use muskets but muskets were single shot and slow to reload and they found spears more effective.  The settlers couldn’t find them in daylight so they tracked them down by their fires at night.  Traditionally, the Aborigines kept warm at night by covering their skins with a mixture of animal fat and ochre and huddling around the fire.  As conflict intensified, the animal fat and ochre was harder to find and the fires had to be kept small and discrete.  They might have blankets but these were of no use when they were wet.

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In 1831 there was an almost comical display of incompetence by the colonial authorities.  They attempted to throw a cordon around an area of the south east, tighten it and trap all the Aborigines left inside.  They did stumble on a camp early on and kill two and capture two but other than that the Aborigines had no trouble slipping through the cordon.  The Black Line used all available troops, as many volunteers as they could muster and large amounts of resources.  But the authorities had no idea how rugged the country was, they were unable to supply most parties most of the time and it was a fiasco from the start.

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Numbers killed reached a peak in 1830, even as Aboriginal numbers continued to decline catastrophically.  In 1830 and 1831, George Augustus Robinson went around the tribes and persuaded them to surrender.  They would be taken to Flinders Island and were promised they wold be able to go back to their lands when the war was over.  There were just 200 of them left and the promise that they could return to their lands was always a lie.

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Probably the most extreme depredations on the Aborigines were in the north west, at the hands of the Van Diemen’s Land Company.  The Company arrived there in 1826 so violence occurred much later, lasting from 1827 to 1842.  Little is documented but the person who was effectively chief law officer was a psychotic killer and by the end of 1842 there were no Aborigines left.

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On the north and east coasts, sealers had had contact with coastal Aborigines from as early as 1798.  At first they traded with them, including bartering for sexual favours. After a while they turned to abducting Aboriginal women, taking them to Bass Strait islands where the tribe could not follow and often holding them as though slaves.  In November 1830, there were only 74 Aborigines left on Flinders Island of whom only three were women.  At the same time, the sealers held 70 Aboriginal women.  Robinson started arranging transfers of women to Flinders Island in late 1830 to early 1831.  Then in perhaps the cruellest twist of all, the sealers successfully petitioned the Governor that they should be able to keep their women.  The remaining Aboriginal men and women were denied a last chance to live together.

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Alpine yellow gum.

For many years it was said that there were no surviving Aborigines in Tasmania but this is not true.  24,000 Tasmanians identified as indigenous in the 2016 census, nearly 5% of the Tasmanian population.  They are all descended from the women kidnapped by the sealers.

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Fergusson Falls.

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No shortage of water going through.

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From Fergusson Falls, we head west towards Du Cane Gap.  If you instead head east along the Mersey River, you go through a valley called The Never Never.  This would lead you to Junction Lake in Walls of Jerusalem National Park.  There are no tracks (until the other side of Junction Lake) and no ferry across the Mersey, so by the sounds of the name this must be a particularly rough and wild place to venture.

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Clearly it’s been raining and the alpine yellow gum is glistening resplendently.

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Overland Track Day 5: Kia Ora Falls

24 August 2017, Overland Track (Kia Ora Hut (Rest Day)), Tasmania

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Today was a rest day at Kia Ora Hut and in the afternoon we went for an excursion to nearby Kia Ora waterfall, scrambling over the buttongrass and sometimes sinking deep into the spaces between the clumps.

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This was finally an opportunity to use the tripod so the first three and last three images in this post were taken using the tripod.

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Rapids below the waterfall.

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Trees with lichen near the waterfall.

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Alpine yellow gum.

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Close-up of lichen on a tree.

These two images are focus stacked (combining multiple images with different points of focus) and you really have to click on one to see it larger and appreciate the depth of detail.

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Lichen again, different tree.

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A view from the hut verandah in late afternoon, Cathedral Mountain in the background, buttongrass moorland in the front.  A rare case of a hut with a view.

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Overland Track Day 4: Pelion Gap

23 August 2017, Overland Track (Pelion Plains to Kia Ora Hut), Tasmania

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We have now climbed through the rainforest to Pelion Gap.  This is Mount Doris.

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While most of the others were taking off to climb part of the way up Mount Doris, I was taking my time and amusing myself by photographing an old log in the snow.

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Then when we set off after the rest, the main party came back and informed us there was just too much snow and it was impassable.

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Mount Doris on the right and Mount Ossa on the left.

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Ducane Range behind the Eucalypts

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Cathedral Mountain.

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The dead trees would be pencil pines that have encountered a fire.  They may never recover.

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Mount Ossa.

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The edges of a boardwalk in the snow are visible towards the front of this image, though you may have to click on the image to see it large enough.  There are also marker poles with orange triangles further back but they only give an indication of where the boardwalks are.  The boardwalks are narrow, two planks covered with chicken wire, about eighteen inches wide (45cm) and you can see how it would be easy to fall off when the edges are not visible, especially if there are no footprints in the snpw.

In the last post I talked about Aboriginal history in the region and how they abandoned what is now the Tasmanian Wilderness area 12,000 years ago when alpine areas were replaced with rainforest.  They only returned from 4,000 years ago.  This is the kind of open alpine environment where Aborigines were able to hunt mobs of Bennett’s wallabies.  They didn’t use boardwalks, though.

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Mount Pelion East.

It looks like a volcanic plug, but its shape is due to glacial erosion many thousands of years ago.

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Mount Ossa and Ducane Range.

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Shapes in the snow.

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Mount Pelion East.

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Overland Track Day 4: Pelion Rainforest

23 August 2017, Overland Track (Pelion Plains to Kia Ora Hut), Tasmania

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The conditions had eased from the previous three days and there was less far to walk so I was able to pause more frequently to take photographs.  Consequently, this is the first of two posts for this day.
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This is Douglas Creek Cascade, a short walk off the track.  There’s a lot of water flowing through.

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What impressed me more, though, was the view up a side channel, with this magnificent boulder in the middle.

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We walked through a grove with many pandani.

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Pandani (richea pandanifolia) are an endemic Tasmanian semi-alpine plant, unrelated to the similar-looking Pandanus of the tropical Pacific and South-East Asia.

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So they look tropical but they’re a cold climate plant.

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Apparently they can grow as high as 12 metres.

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It takes a consistently wet environment for the trees to be covered in moss and lichen.

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This tree is a natural hybrid between a King Billy Pine and a Pencil Pine.  The two are both ancient slow-growing Tasmanian trees in their own genus but related to junipers and the Californian redwood.  Some suggest the hybrid is actually a separate species.

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The one on the left is I think a King Billy Pine and the other the hybrid.

I had assumed King Billy was a reference to William IV (1830-1837) but it is to William Lanne, who died in 1869.  He was Truganini’s third husband and purportedly the last “full-blooded” male Tasmanian aborigine.  After he died, his skull was stolen by surgeon William Crowther (who later became Premier of Tasmania) and may have ended up in Edinburgh.  The scandal led to the Anatomy Act of 1869 which established that any “medical experiments” required prior permission of the deceased person or permission from their relatives.

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A family of Pandani.

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Rainforest with snow.

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The Overland Track is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness area, that stretches from Cradle Mountain down to the south coast and the Maatsuyker Group.  It is a World Heritage area and has been since 1982.  One thousand and seven World Heritage sites are listed worldwide and nineteen in Australia.   There are ten criteria for World Heritage listing, six cultural and four natural.  The Tasmanian Wilderness satisfies seven of the ten criteria for listing.  At the time of its listing, it was the only one with so many qualifying categories.  Now there is one other with seven, Mount Taishan in China, which satisfies all six cultural criteria and one natural, whereas the Tasmanian Wilderness satisfies three cultural and all four natural.

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The cultural criteria for the Tasmanian Wilderness’s World Heritage listing relate to Tasmanian Aboriginal activity in the area over at least thirty five thousand years (until about 1831).  This includes caves in areas south of the Overland track with tools made from stone, bone and Darwin glass (formed in the heat of meteorite impact).  There are separate caves with red ochre stencils, some areas with rock incisions and many middens on the coast. There are remains of beehive-shaped huts on the west coast and one open campsite has been found.  They didn’t always live in caves or huts but campsites in what is now rainforest are understandably elusive.

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There were (at least) three or four different migrations to Tasmania, all when it was connected to the mainland.  At that time, there was a vast plain in what is now Bass Strait and a large lake in the middle.  14,000 years ago, rising sea levels caused the submersion of the land bridge (and around the same time, New Guinea would have separated from Queensland).  This was part of a process of withdrawal from the ice age and also led to the Alpine vegetation area over much of what is now Tasmania being replaced by rainforest.  The primary food source of the Aborigines was Bennett’s Wallaby.  They congregated in grasslands which in turn may have been partly created by aboriginal firestick farming.  They were scarce in rainforest and not easy to hunt and the Aborigines were unable to turn the rainforest back to alpine grassland.  Consequently, the Aborigines withdrew from the Tasmanian Wilderness area 12,000 years ago and did not start to reoccupy it until 4,000 years ago, initially from the coast.

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While Bennett’s Wallaby was the main food source, groups living in areas with more rainforest would also hunt other game such as pademelon (a kind of wallaby), possums and platypus.  Those on the coast also hunted fur seals, elephant seals, various bird species, crayfish and shellfish.  It was thought that they abandoned eating scaled fish many thousands of years ago, from a tentative finding in 1963 and perhaps a misquote from Captain Cook.  This is now thought unlikely though fish was always but a small part of their diet.

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The Tasmanian Wilderness area was also World Heritage listed for all four criteria.  It is an area of “exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance” as I hopefully demonstrate in the images in these posts.  It has outstanding examples of the geological history of the planet.  It provides outstanding examples of the development of ecosystems:  Here we are in this post walking through ancient rainforests that go back to the time of Gondwanaland.  And it is a haven for rare and threatened wildlife:  I showed a picture of a Bennett’s Wallaby earlier, other examples include Tasmanian devils, eastern quolls and the Tasmanian wedgetail eagle.

Further reading:

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Overland Track Day 3: Pine Forest Moor to Pelion Plains

22 August 2017, Overland Track, Tasmania

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness
Because I was the slowest in the group, I took off first in the morning and reached Pelion Creek with enough time to pull out my tripod and take a few shots of the torrent.

This image was the last shot with my wide angle zoom.  It was in a lens case hanging off one of my shoulder straps and I had forgotten to pull off and dry the lens case the previous night.  It got wetter during this day and dampness had got through the case and lining and the lens stopped working.  The lens is currently being repaired.

This was another day in which I took very few photographs because of the conditions.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Pelion Creek.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Misty trees through a break in the forest.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

I don’t know the name of this waterfall, I think beside the track.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Frog Flats with Perrin’s Bluff in the background.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Rainforest with a touch of snow.

Wet shoes were the order of the day on this trip.  The path was often under water.  There were many roots but they were not safe to walk on and bypassing the path was not responsible so the only option was to walk right on through the water.  This meant the water would come up above the top of the shoes which became very wet.  Not as much of an issue in practice as one might think.

I was expecting I’d be looking to get up before dawn to take photographs and to be out taking photographs late in the afternoon and the evening.  It wasn’t really possible, though.  Especially on rainy and snowy days like this, once I got my wet clothes and shoes off, had a shower and changed, I didn’t feel inclined to put the wet stuff back on and go out again.  And the exertions of the day meant I took all the sleep I could.

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Australia, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Pelion Plains, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

I tried photographing the night sky from the hut.  It looks OK at this size on the page but it isn’t really in focus.  Manual focus wasn’t possible with the lens I was using and autofocus didn’t really work in the low light.

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Overland Track Day 2: Barn Bluff to Pine Forest Moor

21 August 2017, Overland Track, Tasmania

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This was another long day, not as brutal as the previous one, but the weather had closed in.

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It’s not long ago but my memory is hazy (much like the weather).  I remember that this was a day of continuous rain and the next day was snowing all day but from the images it looks as though it were the other way around.

Consequently I took very few photographs on either day because keeping my equipment dry was an issue – just ten on this day and nine on the next.

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Here we are walking through open eucalypt heathland…

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

… and this is myrtal beech rainforest with I think a myrtal beech on the right.

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

It looks like rain here and I furtively poked the camera out to try to capture a feel of the context.

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Lots of snow in many places but the terrain was more gentle and no falling off the boardwalks any more.

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Plants grow wherever they can in the rainforest…

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

… and even a clump of lichen may have snow on top of it.

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Australia, Barn Bluff, Landscape, Nature, Overland Track, Photography, Pine Forest Moor, Tasmania, Travel, Wilderness

Laying down to spend a night at a random place along the trail would not have been the best of ideas, but we had the great luxury of wonderful meals cooked for us, hot showers and a drying room every night.

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