Reflections in Lake Dove Cradle Mountain 2008


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Snow on the mountain on a perfect day in Tasmania 2008
Cradle Mountain, to me, is the ultimate icon for Tasmania.
It is a Gondwanaland dreamtime full of interesting stories of the past. It is surrounded by ancient rainforests that hug the shores of Dove Lake which is situated on the north side of Cradle Mountain.
I have walked around this mountain several times a year for 19 years now and still have not discovered all it’s secrets.
The path, high up the mountain, has rocks with fossils from a time when the mountain was under the sea. It was once under ice and snow until the climate changed, the earth moved north and the tarns were carved out by the moving ice.
The mounds that surround the landscape on the way into Lake Dove are evidence of the melting glacier that dumped rock shingles that have been untouched for thousands of years.
The mounds are like bumps the size of a hills dotting the grassy plains.
I am always looking on the ground, thinking about myself and the mountain, and how I have ended up here loving every moment. Last time I was there, the mayflies came bursting out into the surrounding vegetation, such tiny creatures that will only live for a day. A memory that I always have is of a man on his tummy, looking into a magnifying glass and yelling with delight that he discovered a tiny weeny plant that had flowered on the day we arrived there. He belonged to a Tasmanian Native Plant Group and is passionate about the one day flower as he had been waiting for this moment for years.
The Cradle is a meeting point for the locals, travellers and the ancient spirits of the indigenous people who were often seen 100 years ago sitting on the rock that dominates the left side of the Lake. The last aboriginal lady was seen there sitting on this rock after travelling from the south, and never to be seen again. The sad history of the indigenous people only bring to mind the loss of most of the Tasmanian indigenous knowledge of the plants, animals and there way of life.
This place is secret to me and I will respect the time I am there and will continually learn from its environment.
So sad about climate change as already the tarns are losing water and the rainforest seems to be dieing from heat stress.

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