Cradle Lake and Russell Falls

28 to 30 August 2017, Cradle Mountain NP and Mount Field National Park, Tasmania

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After finishing the Overland Track  I picked up my partner Jools who had flown in to Launceston Airport.  We stayed near Launceston overnight and then drove to Cradle Mountain National Park.  Late that afternoon we drove to nearby Cradle Lake.

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A Bennett’s Wallaby in the carpark is unconcerned by the passing human youngster.

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Out in the lake, a rainbow is touching an island.

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This is the much-photographed boatshed at Cradle Lake, built from King Billy pine by the same person as the one in Crater Lake we saw in an earlier post.

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The next day, we drove via Queenstown to Mount Field National Park.  We were staying just outside the park gate and this is a nearby house.

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We went for a brief walk in the late afternoon.  Is this animal, vegetable or mineral?  Actually, none of those.  It’s fungi, previously included under plants and now in a classification of its own.

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Next morning we headed off to Russell Falls.  On the way we encountered this pademelon poking around in the leaf litter near the path.

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I was handicapped here by not being able to use my ultrawide zoom, which had got too damp on the Overland Track.

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At least I was able to use my tripod to give an impression of the water flow.

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This one I stitched two exposures for a wide enough angle and had a lot of difficulty with spray and flare.

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Climbing further up, a view of the falls from half-way up.

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I was reminded here how lucky we were on the Overland Track not to have “good weather” when we were in the rainforest.  The extremes of light and shadow meant I struggled to control the exposure, even combining images with HDR.

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Alcheringa, Dave’s Creek Circuit and Tullawallal Circuit

26 July to 28 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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A group of seven of us from the Canberra Photographic Society visited Lamington National Park for a few days of walking in the rainforest.

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This is a view from Rosin’s Lookout on the way in.  Mt Warning is in the middle in the distance (We are looking from Queensland towards New South Wales).  Ship’s Stern is to the right of Mt Warning and Springbrook Plateau to the left, rising towards Best Of All Lookout just left out of picture.  Also, Springbrook National Park is to the left of Mt Warning and Lamington National Park to the right.

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From pretty much the same point, here is a farm far below in the valley.  All sorts of interesting details if you click for a larger view.

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We stayed at Alcheringa, a wonderfully appointed house and cottage with magnificent views, and right next to the main complex of Binna Burra.

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We are looking north but I’m not sure of the name of the mountain.  Maybe Mt Tamborine.

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The last two images were in the evening when we arrived.  This and the next are before dawn on the next day.  All from Alcheringa.

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The first full day we went for a walk in Dave’s Creek Circuit.  Here are some backlit ferns along the way.

 

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From one of the lookouts, a view of a distant cliff in Springbrook National Park.

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Looking down from the same lookout on the distant forest.

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A Xanthorrhea (grass tree) flower head and bare Hakea branches.

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The tip of another Xanthorrhea flower head (complete with bee).

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Trees and cliff faces near Molongolee Cave.

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Looking down into the distant valley from Numinbah Lookout.  That’s not a farm below; it must be a hotel, religious retreat or conference centre.  If you click on the image to see it larger there is a man on a horse beside an old wagon.  However, I think it is a statue and not a real horse and rider.

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Surprise Rock with tree and xanthorrhea.

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Looking up at the tree beside Surprise Rock.

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The next morning, we went a walk to Tullawallal Circuit, where there is an ancient stand of Gondwanaland Beech trees.  This red-necked pademelon was at the top in the undergrowth.  Not the best of shots but taken with a long lens in broken light and what can you do?

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A branch of a tree fern nearby.

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An epiphyte catching the light as it grows out of a Gondwanaland Beech tree.

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