Monthly Archives: April 2009
“So let the birds fly down the valley,
Let the storms roam on the sea.
I was born to the rainbows circle.
Stoney Mountain, that’s home to me.”
Tom Rush – Merrimack County
On Precipitous Bluff
I’ve never seen as many, and great variety of, rainbows as in Tassie. I saw flat rainbows, looked down from cliffs at rainbows below, and watched a single cloud move across the sky on an otherwise cloudless day with a sheet of rainbow below it. Some others:
Some of the most beautiful and challenging walking in Tasmania. The climb to the summit of Mt. Anne (which I did between hail storms !) is described as “airy” by one guidebook. If that means large parts of your body are frequently hanging out in the air over thousand foot drops, it was spot on.
Lake Judd From Mt. Lot
Mt. Lot and Lot’s Wife
Memento Mori Along The Way
From Mt. Anne Plateau: Precipitous Bluff on the left and Federation Peak on the right.
You may have heard of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society and it’s vessel the Steve Irwin single-handedly taking on the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. In need of resupply, and after being denied entry into other harbors, it found a welcoming port in Hobart. Evident on the starboard bow is where it had collided with a whaler just weeks before.
Tasmania was a whaling center in the mid 1800’s, with hundreds of thousands of whales killed and processed for oil and baleen as they migrated to and from Antarctic waters. Even today the bottom of bays where the butchery was carried out are strewn with bones and the sandy ground where the rendering sites were is black with ash from the fires.
May you build a ladder to the stars,
And climb on every rung.
May you stay,