The first basin has a secret, it is a little bit sheltered from the car induced smog in Launceston. In this photograph the smog can be clearly seen above the gorge in the centre of the image… I doubt that anyone has fired up a wood stove just yet so it must be the families cars that is causing the problem. If we had any sense we could fix this problem but I doubt there is the will to do it. Not to do anything about the diminished air quality will see a decline in the of health in our children and the elderly will die off prematurely.
This has happened and has been proven in many other countries. Do we really want to go down the same path as our Asian neighbours?
A slight westerly breeze is blowing smoke from the fires that are still burning in the Cradle Mountain area.
Its quite amazing to watch tourists looking at our wild life. They exhibit genuine delight and excitement at seeing a small wallaby chomping on a few leaves. Our padimelons peacocks and even possums are gingerly followed, photographed and giggled at. I started chatting to one Japanese gentleman a few weeks ago who told me he was driving around Tasmania for two weeks before returning to Osaka. Do you like Tasmania I asked? Oh yes this is the second time I have visited for holiday I like the climate, the scenery and the wild life. But tell me why do you drive so fast and kill so many of your animals. I was dumb struck for a moment and I admitted that I didn’t have a conclusive answer. However, after a few moments I did say that most of the creatures in the park seem to breed quite prolifically and that I assumed this was also the case in the country side, hence more animals and a greater number of deaths on the roads. I couldn’t offer an explanation about the Tas-maniacal driving but I did agree that drivers in Japan always seem to drive carefully in a way that Australian drivers never do.
Long overdue rain fell over the last twenty four hours and the little stream that flows from a small lake in the Trevallyn backwoods began pouring the water into the first basin.
Last rays of sunshine on the South Esk River. Its one of the great pleasures of a photographically inclined persons life just to be able to walk within the last two hours of daylight. The sun rays stream down at about 30degrees illuminating all the vertical surfaces that are normally bathed in shade. One can see details in trees and buildings clearly and the third dimension becomes more apparent, doorways and windows take on slight side shadows that prove their depth. Birds start a feeding frenzy in the last hour before they go to roost and even a few fish can be seen rising to the surface of the river to grab the last insects before the sun sets.