Mt Buffalo Beauty by Mieke Boynton

I learned to ski on the hill you see in all its dawn glory. Unfortunately, the bushfires ripped through here in December 2006 and wiped out the ski lifts and the lodge and restaurant. It wasn’t profitable enough to re-build, so the remaining blue skeletons of chairlifts dotted my photo… but I couldn’t bear to look at them so I removed them. I am pretty sure they’ll be removed in reality at some stage, so I’m just a few years ahead of what it will look like anyway ;)

Mt Buffalo National Park, Victoria, Australia. From a wonderful dawn shoot with my friends John Spring and Bernie: – thank you both so much for a terrific morning, and thanks especially to John who grabbed my arm and dragged me to this vantage point when I was stubbornly determined to get my photos here

Nikon D60 (Sigma 10-20mm)
ISO 100 • f/10 • 1/4 sec • 19mm
My bubblesite

I’m just an Aussie girl who’s a bit mad about photography :)

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  • Jenni Tanner
    Jenni Tannerabout 3 years ago

    Love that reflection, the light is beautiful too :-)

  • Thank you, Jen! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, Mieke, hard to imagine the scale here though! I must get up there sometime!

  • Hmm… I guess the blue skeletons might’ve helped there! :) It’s BIG! lol. And Mt Buffalo is such a beautiful place. I love being up there :) Thank you!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 3 years ago

    A good one.

  • Thanks, Bette :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Charles Kosina
    Charles Kosinaabout 3 years ago

    Great reflection Mieke – you gotta be there early for that so rules me out :):)
    I’ll thank John for you when I see him next.
    It’s a sad time for Mt Buffalo without the ski lifts, and The Chalet closing down. I wonder if it will ever re-open. As for skiing, the snow seasons are getting so unreliable, especially at Buffalo so you were lucky to have skied there.
    We are at Bright first week of March, so will definitely get to Mt Buffalo – but not at dawn :)

  • Thanks, Charles. I’ll email John a link in case he’s interested in having a ‘squiz’ :)
    In one way, yes, it’s sad. In another, it’s just so beautiful, and knowing that there are more nature-lovers than adrenaline-junkies visiting there now is a comforting thought. I’d love to see the Chalet open again though… but to get it up to current OHS standards would be very pricey! Make sure you pop in to the winery when you go in March – the restaurant has an unbelievably talented chef there at present and it’s well worth spending a leisurely afternoon gazing at Mt Buffalo from the bottom of the valley and sipping a glass or two with a delicious meal :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    beautiful reflection

  • Thanks, Fred!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 3 years ago

    He he he…. don’t you love it when other photographers just HAVE to share their fave vantage points with you – and aren’t we glad when they do!! This is lovely Mieke – sad but lovely – and that splash of dawn light reflected is just magic!

  • Thanks, Barb! Yes, I’m very grateful… even if I didn’t show my gratitude effusively at the time :) :) :) And it’s amazing how well the landscape recovers after a bushfire. If it weren’t for the starched white skeletons of trees everywhere, you simply wouldn’t be able to tell!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 3 years ago

    That is beautifully captured

  • Thanks heaps, Kymie!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Chris Cobern
    Chris Cobernabout 3 years ago

    Great use of the reflection in this, Mieke. The colour is wonderful too.

  • Thank you, Chris :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Uwe Rothuysen
    Uwe Rothuysenabout 3 years ago

    What a great combination of colours and light ! Love it.
    lg Uwe

  • Thank you, Uwe!! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...about 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Mieke!

  • Thanks, Lady Thegn. It’s a beautiful place. I spent a lot of time there when I was a kid :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

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