This week early snow falls hit the heights of the Australian Alps and here in Canberra, the autumn leaves and their bright colours are beginning to fade. It's a reminder to me of what's around the corner - winter, and with it, snow. So with my mind turned to thinking about what I'll photographing in front of soon, I thought I'd release a snow photograph captured a few years ago.
At 1922m high, Mount Feathertop is the second-highest mountain in Victoria. I've been to the summit in all seasons, but getting to the summit in winter can prove more challenging depending on the weather conditions. With an icy approach and cornice edges that can collapse, Mt Feathertop has claimed many lives, especially amongst those seeking to ski or snowboard into the southern gullies that make up some of the most extreme ski runs in Australia. Despite these hazards the journey to the summit in winter offers breathtakingly picturesque views of the surrounding Victorian Alps and a satisfying reward for the effort to get there.
I photographed this scene from a distance, a few weeks after camping out below the summit and having made my own winter ascent to the summit of Feathertop. At full size, you can see two people returning down from the summit (which sits outside of the frame of this shot to the right).