Did the overland track last week between Cradle Mountain and Lake St.Clair and on the whole the weather was pretty ordinary with this day being the best. It was still cloudy and rained but there were patches of blue sky too. There were about twenty people in the hut the previous night and by the look of all the packs at Pelion Gap every one of them went up Mt Ossa (1617m) the highest mountain in Tasmania. As this peaks summit was under cloud I thought an ascent was scenicly pointless as we’d seen enough of the inside of clouds so far on the trip so we went up Pelion East (1461m, 16th highest in Tassie) instead, which being a bit lower avoided these clouds. The climb to the summit is really dramatic and on the way back down the clouds parted ever so briefly and this wonderful light fell on these dead pencil pines (Athrotaxis cupressoides) for about two minutes right as I was walking passed. My companions didn’t even stop to appreciate this view but I exclaimed my awe and skipped happily into the scoparia (Richea scoparia, the foreground bushes) and shot off a few frames before the dullness came back. Definetely a right place at the right time shot.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 30mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
Shutter Speed: 1/80th sec
When: 4:17pm on 25/4/2012
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My last visit to Pelion East was in mid winter in 1998: