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Destiny

Mt Wellington is a hulking broad-based massif dominating Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. It is characterized by dolerite in the form of boulder fields and majestic columns, the most famous, known as the "Organ pipes". The weather, particularly on the plateau can be dire, snow often occurring during summer and the vegetation shaped by the strong winds that seem to blow continuously. Despite its easy accessibility, photography of its wilderness are lacking. Perhaps this is due to the work of Dombrovskis whose amazing photographic essay in the book "On the Mountain" has dwarfed in quality almost all photography of Mt Wellington since.

 

I had no inkling of the light show that would unfold as I made my way in the dark to South Wellington under clear skies. Shortly before sunrise, clouds appeared on the horizon, promising at least some colour in the sky. At the point of sunrise, mist suddenly billowed onto the scene, engulfing the mountain within minutes. It was the greatest display of light I had ever witnessed. Perhaps the sort that Rowell would have considered "Mountain Light".

Hobart is the city that this view overlooks.

 

Canon 5D, 16-35mm 2.8L, Gitzo tripod, 4 HS ND grad, ISO 100, f22, shutter 0.5 seconds.

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Taken on September 6, 2007