Australia's Snowy Mountains: Going Up!

It was a cool and rainy day in the Snowy Mountains, and as we rode up the ski lift from Thredbo, the weather because even more cool, in many senses of the word. The thick, highly structured clouds promised for some interesting, albeit wet, photography.

We had expected to be rather lonely in the mountains, after all, it was a school day. We were definitely wrong on that point as we had found a crowd of one to two hundred school children and their teachers queued up waiting to ride the ski lift to the top. The Snowy Mountains are rather expansive, though, and even though there was a crowd, the 13 km walk provided for plenty of lonely looking panoramas.

The Snowy Mountains of Australia aren't very high compared to the standards of any other continent, only a couple thousand meters, but for us lowlanders, they provided sufficient challenge. Altitude gain is gradual and is a few hundred meters in total. With many "photo op" stops along the way and taking a reasonable pace, one much slower than most of the children, our walk to the top of Mt. Kocsiuszko, the top of Australia, was productive and enjoyable.

I hope you enjoy the views as much as we did!

Fuji X100; exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/16, ISO 3200; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Fuji X100; exposure: 1/30 sec @ f/16, ISO 250; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Snowy Mountain Meadow
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/16, ISO 500; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Snowy Mountains Stream
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/16, ISO 500; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Snowy River Headlands
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/220 sec @ f/16, ISO 800; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Snowy Mountains Landscape
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/340 sec @ f/16, ISO 200; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Future (Explored)
A shack somewhere in Australia's Snowy Mountains near Mt. Kosciuszko. Apparently the shack has a mass of 500 kg.
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/550 sec @ f/16, ISO 800; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Lake Cootapatamba
Lake Cootapatamba is a glacial lake and is the highest altitude lake in Australia.
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/110 sec @ f/16, ISO 800; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Andi at the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko
Fuji X100; exposure: 1/750 sec @ f/16, ISO 800; post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

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