Reflections in Dove Lake Cradle Mountain


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I took this photograph with my Nikon D40 on automatic focus and shutter speed. I lay on my back and took a number of shots looking at the reflection and waiting for the wind to settle.
Spring 2009
“Reflections in Dove Lake Cradle Mountain” was featured in Cradle Mountain Tasmania…

Cradle Mountain, National Park Tasmania is a world Heritage Park. To me, is the ultimate icon for Tasmania, and Australia. 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 hill bumps all different sizes dotting over the grassy plains and slopes.
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 will 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 sacred 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 dying from heat stress.

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