Overland Track Day 3: Pine Forest Moor to Pelion Plains

22 August 2017, Overland Track, Tasmania

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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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Pelion Creek.

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Misty trees through a break in the forest.

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

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Frog Flats with Perrin’s Bluff in the background.

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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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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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Here we are walking through open eucalypt heathland…

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

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

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Plants grow wherever they can in the rainforest…

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

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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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