Snowy mountains and Namadgi landscapes
Byadbo wilderness and Aries Tor Ramshead Range Kosciuszko area New South Wales, Australia
On the week end of 1-3 March 2019, I spent two nights camped at two locations in the Kosciuszko National Park with good friend David Marriott, The aim of the weekend was to take full advantage of the unpolluted (dark skies).
Our first stop was at a location in the Byadbo Wildness area, an area famed for sightings of the elusive Yowie man and also for Brumbies (not stating an opinion here - just a fact!). I took time lapses of the Emu rising in the South eastern sky over the Snowy River Valley and also of the Southern Cross as it started its ascent into the southern sky.
At around midday we caught the chairlift up from Thredbo to the edge of the Ramshead Range and climbed going off the main Kosciuszko track to an altitude of 2092 metres (according to my GPS) where we struck camp near Aires Tor, a note worthy jumble of granite tors, among many in the Ramshead range. A incoming storm was very threatening but provided a colourful backdrop for our photos. We turned into bed early with cloudy skies hoping for it to clear up. As it turned out it did and from around midnight to nearly 3:00 am we captured the magnificence of the Milky way core as it rose between Aries Tor and an imposing hill of rocks next to it. An apline creek flowed nearby proving some perfect reflections of Orion as it set in the west. Some of these images will be posted also in the astrophotography gallery.
A noticeable feature was the dry conditions and the depressions around the Tor were dry as it had been an extended dry period.
I hope you enjoy my series of shots and get to experience this sometime yourself!
In 2020, David Marriott and I did a repeat trip to Aries Tor, this time in late March. It was a nervous time as the COVID epidemic was spreading and we anticipated that the snowfields (including the Thredbo skiflields could be closed down to prevent spread of the virus. Mountain bikers were out in force and we sensed that people were getting away to squeeze in a final trip before the inevitable occurred. The weather started good on this trip but cloud marred much of our imaging of the Milky Way. Despite this we had a wonderful time. What was wonderful was to see the water had returned to the depressions around the Tor after good rains following a horrid Summer in 2019/2020
JUST snow gums
These are a selection of shots of snow gums taken during the warmer months ytook advantage of clear weather to come and photography a couple of stands of Snow gums in Autumn 2018 knowing that the change in season often triggers some of the nicest colours on the bark.