The flip side to the scorching heat that dominates stereotypical Australia; snow. Here are a selection of beautiful landscapes which only come alive during the summer months (or winter, depending on your hemisphere).
The elusive snow part 1: Mount Hotham
You know as well as I do (or should by now, if you don’t, you need to spend more time reading through Macrodyl) that Australia is a vast, diverse place. In my time there I have met a stupendous amount of Aussies that have never seen the white stuff. Not even joking. Basically this has a lot to do with the fact that you have to travel quite a distance, and up mountains, at the right time of year, to find it.
In broad terms, you should head to the Victorian Alps, which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Australia, and reaches an elevation of 1,861m.
Which is exactly what I did. Granted, it was because I wanted to go snowboarding, but that’s actually beside the point. The drive up itself is picturesque and beautiful, with my poor attempt at taking pictures from a moving car not being too successful, though I did manage to conjure up something salvageable:
Note that there is still greenery, so clearly we haven’t reached a really high altitude. So with Mount Hotham being the destination (because it has some fun slopes, as I mentioned) we actually passed by a lot of other equally beautiful areas and places to take some damn awesome pictures.
You will also notice that pretty much every picture that I took on or near Mount Hotham is dire. Not my fault, the purpose of my excursion was clearly not to take pictures. So it kind of took a back seat.
I don’t want to spoil you too much though, you’re only getting a select few of these exquisite pictures, so that I can bombard you with some more when I get around to writing up the stories that go along with them.
Yeaaah! Finally getting above the treeline. You start to see much further now and the pictures (sort of) improve. I can’t really express how this place looks in person. These pictures really don’t do it justice.
As I went to Mount Hotham to learn to snowboard, and with me being even worse at snowboarding than I am at photography, I didn’t dare to take my camera on the slopes. The few pictures and videos from my phone turned out quite crap, so unless I fix them, you won’t be seeing them! The views up top are spectacular though, go and see for yourself.
In case you can’t, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite snaps from the trip (the place we were headed to is just beyond the ridge in this picture, please excuse my blurry twig):