Today's journey.It's kind of pointless to stay home during Christmas and New Year: too many days off, too many destinations to visit. Also, I need to test out a few more items of camping gear that I purchased recently. Time to hit the road again, I think!
Trees and rocks. Always a scenic combo.
Some interesting deadwood, too.
More trees! More rocks!The other stop is near the Jindabyne Lake, which is very close to my destination. The lake is very pretty, and I imagine that from certain vantage points, and with a great sky of clouds, you could produce some excellent imagery there. I, on the other hand, have to improvise and make do with what I have on the spot.
The Jindabyne Lake.
The mountains are close.
The water is so clear.
Some interesting cracks in the dirt.And now I'm finally in the mountains! Costs me a pretty penny to get in: 17 dollars (29 during winter). Let's see if it's worth all the money and hype. For my first brush with the alpine wilderness, I choose the Dead Horse Gap – doesn't sound intimidating at all, does it?
Entering the park. Those trees are so white!
See the road that I just came here from?
A small river at the Gap.
Many different shades of green around.
Welcome to the trail!
A natural frame.I make my way uphill about halfway through the trail, taking pictures at almost every step, but then the setting sun forces me to retreat: I need to find my camping spot yet, after all. It's not too far away, and the mountain road, as usual, gives me more than a fair share of twists and turns.
White as bone!
Lots of grass and moss around, too.
The mountains are shrouded in clouds.
Deadwood is everywhere.
Lots of it!
The clouds are rolling in.
Quite an infernal sunset.
Feels like it would rain at any minute. But it doesn't.
Light is changing literally every minute...
...and soon will be gone entirely.Tonight's the big night: this is the first time I'm trying out my awning tent, which I've purchased recently. Takes me a while to figure out where all the poles, ropes and zippers go, and by the time I'm finished it's already dark, and the moon is peeking through the tree tops to marvel at my efforts. It's not alone at that: a few curious kangaroos stop by as well to check out what I'm doing. They act apprehensive, but not very frightened – it's a national park, after all. And a popular camping spot, too: there's quite a few vehicles and trailers scattered around. Luckily, there's plenty space for everyone, and it's entirely free of charge as well.
In the gathering dusk.
The neighbours and the moon.
More neighbours!I spend some time in my new awning tent offloading images from the camera and doing some preliminary editing on them; but after a while it gets quite chilly, so I retreat to my sleeping quarters, which is in the back of the car. It's been a long drive, after all, and an even longer drive is waiting for me tomorrow.