Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
During summer I found this snow gum and given its location, I knew that in winter it would be well buried in snow after a good dump. I just had to be sure I remembered where to come back to during winter! On my first visit after some heavy snow falls on Mount Hotham I went out and visited the tree. It was covered in snow but the clouds and sky didn't offer me the shot I was after. The weather wasn't right. I visited Hotham a number times over the following days and finally, after a few days of bad weather I treked out again to this tree. I was certainly thankful for my snow shoes given the deep blanket of snow. The conditions were horrible, heavy cloud, strong winds, and freezing temperatures, but it made for perfect conditions for the photograph I wanted - except the wind. By the time I got to the tree, the wind had died down but the thick fog remained, so it was just a matter of time. Not long before sunset, the light softened giving a creamy look to the landscape that you can see in the final photo. I had got the photograph I had envisioned so many months earlier.
For me 'Snow Solitude' really sums up so much about the Australian Alps in winter. Captured while shrouded in fog, this snow gum withstands the harsh winter conditions as one the highest snow gums in Victoria. Surviving on the heights of Mount Hotham, it has somehow escaped the ravages of bushfires in the area in recent years. The gum stands alone as testament to its survival against the harsh alpine conditions it has to withstand during the cold winter months while covered in snow and ice.
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2010 - Silver Award, International Aperture Awards
2011 - Silver with Distinction, Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)
2011 - Silver with Distinction, NSW/ACT Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Awards
2011 - Silver Award, Epson International Photographic Pano awards