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Fun with snow

Along with my jaunt on kunanyi / Mt Wellington a few weeks back I also took a drive along the Gordon River Road to check out some snowy vistas in Tasmania’s south west. I have recently purchased the Pentax 150-450mm and while it is primarily a wildlife/bird long lens I put it to some good use today shooting some long shots of snowy peaks and misty ridgelines.

Long view to the snowy slopes of Mt Field National Park

Long view to the snowy slopes of Mt Field National Park

My first stop was on the Styx Road, to get some long views of the mountains, and it did not disappoint! In particular the mist and sunlight played really well together over the forested ridgelines.

Snow and misty ridgelines south west Tasmania

The sun trying to break through really made this scene something special. A snow flurry came through right while I was shooting too 🙂

After the Styx Road I countinued towards the South West, stopping at the highest point on the road, where there are great views to the distannt Thumbs and the Needles are close by.

The Needles in snow, South West Tasmania

The Needles, at the highest point on the Gordon River Road. Lots of snow on the mountains, not so much on the road – perfect!

 

The Needles in snow, South West Tasmania

Another composition of the snow covered Needles

 

The Needles in snow, South West Tasmania

A wider view with the ghostly burnt out trees in the foreground

I continued further and caught some really nice sunlight over the Florentine Valley forests before another fairly steady snowfall came through.

Florentive Valley forests South West Tasmania

Later on the sun even popped out for a short while allowing some nice light and mist on the Florentine forests

 

Florentive Valley forests South West Tasmania

Florentine Valley tall trees and Saw Back Range, South West Tasmania

 

Florentive Valley forests South West Tasmania

…and then all of a sudden it was snowing again!

I did a quick lap around the Twisted Sister track to check on the fungi before I decided it best to get back over the high point on the road before it potentially became too snowy. All in all a great little excursion!

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.