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Some falls in Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
I was browsing though some of +Matt Glastonbury's great imagery of Tasmania, in particular this one https://plus.google.com/100022806374728014874/posts/LAw9K8vV3L2 when it jogged my memory of trip down there several years ago.

This was back when I was pretty clueless on how to use a camera but one thing I did know what to do was take pano's and vertical ones featured every now and then, more often than not they would not stitch correctly 🙁 however, step forward a few years and I now have the knowledge (and software) to beat them over the head a bit more to achieve what I originally saw 🙂

This image was simply two images stitched vertically, originally never even processed, much like quite a few images that sit in my library unfortunately.

Anyway, i remember this trip well, I had just bought myself a new lens (the Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8) and a circular Polarizer to go with it – both of which I still use and abuse regularly 🙂 In hindsight a UWA lens would have been more helpful, but hey thats life.

2 frame Vertical Panorama.
Exif/setup data:
D80 (yep thats right..my trusty old D80) coupled with the Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @17mm
Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 8 seconds for the top part and 10 seconds for the bottom part
Out front : HOYA screw in circular polariser
Probably lucky it was taken in RAW, i mixed and matched during this trip 🙂

Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Cradle Mountain is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, yes it would appear they were not terribly imaginative when naming this one 🙂

The biggest drawcard for the Cradle Mountain end of the park is the diversity of walks, not necessarily the variation in length and difficulty factor, which most parks in Tassie seem to have anyway (which is awesome for attracting a large range of tourists) but the diversity in the environment in such a relatively small space. Take for example the Ronny’s Creek to Summit walk, you walk through button grass fields and small creeks followed by a section of rainforest and cascading waterfalls, this breaks out to the crater lake and its associated vegetation, more ground hugging and wind swept (that included us:) ). The walk from crater lake to Marions lookout and agin completely different, racky outcrops and small bushes, continuing on to Kitchen hut is bare rock and mossy ground. The finally ascent is a boulder filled funpark with patchs of brush, snow and rock moss stuff (very technical term).

If there was only one place you could go in Tassie and on a time limit, Cradle mountain would be it. It has walks for all types of people, including disabled people (light years ahead of the plebs in NSW). Whether it be a 20 minute stroll through the ENchanted forest of a boulder hopping trip up to the summit, there is a walk catered to you and the weather!

The Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park shares a “Twin Parks” agreement with the World Heritage listed Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China.

Check out Parks and Wildlife Tasmania for more.