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#1094829 - 22/03/2012 20:40 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Blizzard]
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I'll second and third that. I felt very sad when i heard that such a great guy is gone. He was an inspiration to me to keep pushing the envelope. We are here to live and do it well.
Will miss your fantastic stories and condolences to the family and all his freinds
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#1095008 - 23/03/2012 09:52 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: paulcirrus]
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Some shots from the High Country. I'm not a person who embraces the snowy season. These images are from Autumn, Spring and Summer. As we know, snow flurries and heavier falls happen at any time of the year above the tree line. I do particularly like the thaw.





The different visibilities give great atmospherics.









Also, the rapid visibility changes on the Main Range within minutes, can be most rewarding.





Warren.
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#1095046 - 23/03/2012 13:09 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Stunning pics Warren. What year were they taken?

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#1095105 - 23/03/2012 16:45 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: davidg]
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davidg, G'day. Thank you for your nice comment.

The images are from about 1982 to about 1988. After 1988-89 I started moving away from the Main Range, and exploring Jagungal, Byadbo, Indi and the Frost Plains of the Bogong/Goobarragandra and Brindabella wilderness regions.

My pics go back to when the trees weren't skeletal, thanks to the fires over the past decade. I've lots of recent shots of the High Country but it is good to find a thread called Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings.

Jagungal Wilderness and the Tumut River Valley before the fires. It looks different nowadays with so many skeletal trees.




Byadbo Wilderness. Across the first ridge is the Snowy River Valley.




Indi Wilderness,the upper-upper headwaters of the Murray River. Higher than the Murray Gates.




A shot from the melt.




Warren.



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#1095133 - 23/03/2012 19:17 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Lovely, lovely photos that truly capture the feel of the Alps out of the snow season, Warren. I agree that the Alps "out of season" are full of wonder and beauty, if for no other reason than there aren't skiers rocketing over every square metre.

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#1095252 - 24/03/2012 07:56 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Laurier Williams]
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Yeah, lovely photos Warren. I agree, out of season is the appeal for the Alps. I'm not a skier so would find that many people around a bit less to my liking in winter. Mind you, we have friends who go back country and apparently that is pretty special in winter.
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#1095418 - 24/03/2012 18:05 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Blizzard]
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To avoid cross-posting, I'll put this Mt Wellington photo from 1980 here, check out the snow level:




Impressive cold in Hobart yesterday with some records being broken:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/record-breaking-march-chill-for-tasmania/21200


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#1095571 - 25/03/2012 09:58 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Blizzard]
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Absolutely amazing pix. 4th one down in the top set could be from another planet. How different the place looks without a blanket of snow. Aww inspiring.
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#1095727 - 25/03/2012 20:32 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: What next]
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Laurier, Blizzard and clearskies, Cheers to you.

clearskies, the image was taken on Carruthers West Ridge on the Main Range, to Mount Bogong in Victoria. The limited visibility was from smoke from prescribed burns. Nowadays the Vics use cows to keep the pastures trimmed. A good look.

Warren.


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#1095878 - 26/03/2012 14:35 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Love the 3-4 layers of visibility of those granite ridges in the 3rd pic from the top of this page. All great pics well done. Sad about all those skeletal trees, I have not gone back to many places since the fires, too scared what I will find. I still find it depressing just to walk from Perisher to the Porcupine which use to be a lovely rich green forested and shruby area. Unfortunately the scars of alpine fires take a whole generation to heal. Would have to remain fire free for the next 30-50 years before previous beauty can be restored.

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#1095912 - 26/03/2012 17:29 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: GrizzlyBear]
Wild Wassa Offline
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Peter, Cheers Mate.

Originally Posted By: PeterDuke
... I still find it depressing just to walk from Perisher to the Porcupine which use to be a lovely rich green forested and shruby area ...


The Porcupine during the mid '80s.




Considering that the fires of 2004 started in the Brindies, the Brindabella Ranges, the High Country in the ACT and the Tinderry Range east of the Murrumbidgee River are still stunningly beautiful and remain heavily wooded.

Warren.



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#1095915 - 26/03/2012 17:36 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: GrizzlyBear]
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Having never experienced the alpine areas before the fires my veiws are probably a little bit different to most. I kind of enjoy the skeletal appearance of the forests around Thredbo, Perisher etc. Kind of eerie. Can understand that it must be a little bit difficult to come to terms with if you have enjoyed those areas in their previous incarnation. It is a shame that so much was destroyed but i still think its beautiful in its own way.

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#1096026 - 27/03/2012 09:18 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: davidg]
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Blizz the snow on Mt Wellington in that shot would be to about 500m maybe a tad lower.

I've seen it lower than that and it's a sight to behold.

Glad you found that photo though. One of these days I need to go back through my photos (when I find them all) and find a few for my snow friends in this forum.

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#1096572 - 29/03/2012 16:34 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: DaveM]
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I have just completed uploading all the temperature data I currently have for the Barrington Tops, see here . Hoping to receive more recent data soon...

All sensational photo's BTW smile
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#1096865 - 30/03/2012 21:14 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Grant]
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Sensational photos Wassa! I'd love to get up there and spend a few days with the camera just wandering the high country.
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#1097379 - 02/04/2012 09:27 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: bigwilly]
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Grant, the Barrington Data is very interesting. Now that Malcolm Nayden has been captured, the Bicentennial National Trail, close to where he was hiding-out has been reopened. I'm a section coordinator for the BNT and when I get inquiries about what is the weather like crossing the Barrington and Woko now, I'll refer people to your data.

My best wishes.

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#1097390 - 02/04/2012 10:00 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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bigwilly, thank you, I'm pleased that you like the shots. Here are two old shots that I took in the High Country of the ACT.

Agie Peak and Mount Franklin, from the ACT/NSW border, the Northern Australian Alps.



Looking into the valley of the Murrumbidgee, again from up in the Brindies aka the Brindabella Ranges, Northern Australian Alps, ACT.



Two more shots from the Main Range of Kosciuszko and from the Charcoal Range in the Indi Wilderness, Australian Alps, NSW.







It is good showing these old shots ... it fits with the saying that, photography is timeless.

Warren.





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#1097687 - 03/04/2012 22:38 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Thanks Warren, I intend to add a summary page to my Barrington Tops data one day soon. This will make it easier to view & calculate extremes as well as averages & the like.

Keep those pics coming mate, incredible stuff grin.
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#1098304 - 08/04/2012 13:58 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Grant]
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Grant, Cheers. Here is a shot from one of the stands of Black Beech on the NE of the Barrington Tops. Two of us, on our first trip to the plateau, climbed up to the snowgrass country through the rainforest and Eucalypts with our shirts off. A few days before we started from Curricabark River where it was stifling. We weren't used to the humidity but being young and fit then we powered on. When we came out on the plateau it was sleeting and blowing the spots of a Dalmation. We lasted about half an hour on top with every bit of clothing put back on. When we dropped into the rain forest again, it was gear off and sweating profusely. It was like there were two different worlds just within a couple of kilometres of each other. This was a fantastic introduction to the extremes of Barrington. I took this shot in 1989, 23 years ago.



Warren.


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#1098822 - 10/04/2012 21:23 Re: Old Snow Pics and High Country ramblings [Re: Wild Wassa]
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Grant, here are some of my oldest pics from above the tree line. the faces were shot with a 300mm lens and 2x teleconverter. The compression of the perspective is extreme.

Lake Albina, Blue Lake and Lady Northcote Canyon were shot with a 135mm lens on 35mm.

The Western Face of the Main Range.



Jagungal's Western Face.



Lake Albina.



Blue Lake.




Lady Northcote Canyon, between the Main Range and Townsend Spur.




Warren.


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