Canberra is not far away from the Snowy Mountains, and autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the mountain air, and do some walking.
Even the kangaroos have a slow start on these crisp mornings, and here are a few enjoying the morning sunshine on the Lake Crackenback golf course.
In the morning we noticed a deer grazing nearby….this can only mean trouble….
We drove to Thredbo and took the chairlift up to the Kosciuszko walk, on a beautiful clear sunny morning.
Everywhere you look there are scattered rocks and sharp crags shaped by water and ice..
The lichen encrusted boulders give shelter to small mammals like the endangered Pygmy-possum.
This fascinating mouse-sized marsupial is capable of surviving for almost two weeks by bringing their bodies down to low temperatures during times of extreme cold or heat.
Haley Bates has written an interesting article in The Conversation called:
Australian endangered species: Mountain Pygmy Possum
Bogong moths are also well known in this part of the world. During summer they fly from the heat of NSW and Queensland, to the cool mountain crevices.
Aboriginal people explored these mountains, and interpreted the landscape, and many of their beliefs and ceremonies were forged in these areas.
Many of the paths forged by Aboriginal people were in turn used by early European explorers such as the Polish explorer Paul Strzelecki who climbed the highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and named it after a Polish patriot.
Over time the mountains and surrounds have become accessible to all, and explorers, graziers, scientists, surveyors, writers, and artists have all been captivated by the ”high country” as it is known.
I must admit, after many years of coming here with our family, the landscape of the high country draws me in too.
…but the path back to hot coffee is always welcome…
…and to think we packed our own lunch!
When we returned to Lake Crackenback we stumbled on a few wombat holes, unfortunately, not a wombat in sight…usually only seen at night…
but I have included a photo of a wombat in the snow….something I look forward to seeing one day…
I hope you are enjoying your place in the world, as much as I am enjoying mine!
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