Thank you to Nike for the ‘borrowed’ slogan.

Mike in a Nike t-shirt do’in the Warrumbungles.

After the huge effort I made climbing the steep pathway to Grand High Tops in the Warrrumbungles, I was keen to get some photos to prove it.

That’s Crater Bluff is in the foreground with Tonduron Spire in the background.
Both structures are volcanic plugs formed after millions of years of erosion exposes the solidified vents of old volcanos.

As we took these photos, the dark clouds of an approaching lightning storm are obvious.
We decided that being on a high point with lightning wasn’t the best idea, so didn’t stay long.

Unfortunately much of this park was destroyed by a huge bushfire in 2012.

Photographed with a Canon 400D in Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales, Australia.

*Volcanoes, Earth’s Geology & Atmosphere, June 2013

100 views as of May 17, 2013.

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your great achievement Michael. Wonderful colours in this image (including your wonderful vibrant orange tee)…. and such beautiful surroundings!! Well done….

  • Thanks Sharon. I changed to the ‘Year of the Horse’ dark green shirt later so that I blended in more with the forests.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    congrats for your efforts Michael. I know we can do so much for a good picture. well done ;)

  • Thanks a lot Manon & for the fave. This place is like an oasis in a dry area. I love it !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 1 year ago

    Superb image Michael. Can`t believe you couldn`t climb it mate !!

  • Thanks Terry. The one behind you mean ? That’s the one that was hit by lightning !
    Otherwise I would have scaled that one as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Well done Michael. A beautiful landscape spot.

  • Thanks Steve. Hopefully it will recover in a few years & I’ll be back again.

    – Michael Matthews

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 1 year ago

    Your effort was worth it Michael. Excellent shot.

  • Thanks a lot John. If I remember rightly there is just one short flat section on that track. The rest is all uphill & even the way down is tough on the legs.
    The view once you get to the top makes it worthwhile though. The camera can barely do it justice.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Chris  Randall
    Chris Randallover 1 year ago

    Great effort Michael, it’s a magnificent view from up there..

  • Thanks Chris. Sure is amazing !

    – Michael Matthews

  • suave
    suaveover 1 year ago

    Great capture Mike! did that cloud burst?

  • Thanks Keith. Yep, there was lightning & a bit of rain but fortunately not enough to get me drenched.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Nice one Michael.

  • Thanks Jules & thanks for the fave !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 1 year ago

    Thanks for the fave Keith !

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 1 year ago

    Nice work Michael..must get up there soon.

  • Thanks mate & thanks for the fave. You might want to give it a few years to recover from the huge bushfire last year.

    – Michael Matthews

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