Small, slow steps took us further

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Small, slow steps, acrylic on paper (Daniel Graham)

Small, slow steps took us further.

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Into the Highlands, Scotland

 

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Into the Highlands, snow under toe,

ice upon breath, cloud hanging low.

Walk in.

Fire after snow

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Fire after snow, acrylic paper (Daniel Graham)

There are few things more rewarding in life than a log fire after a day in the snow.

 

 

 

Hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania

Overland Track, Tasmania

There are few places in the world more diverse, wild and enigmatic than Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Several years back I hiked the Overland Track, an 80-kilometre traverse of the island’s western mountains through the Cradle Mountain-Lake Sinclair National Park.

Tasmanian Wildlife Identification Chart

Tasmanian Wildlife Identification Chart

It was the middle of winter, and whilst the track is popular in the summer months, with some 8,000 enthusiasts completing the distance each year, we had the mountains to ourselves. Initially bemused by the solitude, we swiftly gained a little light on the matter as the path ascended and drifts of snow began to drown the way. What should have been a four-day stroll, ended up being an eight-day trudge through waist-deep snow and sub-zero nights, a mishap that gifted me with one of the greatest hikes of my life.

I could write tirelessly about the wonders of the Overland Track in winter – its curious wildlife, temperate rainforest and its majestic mountains – but will instead let the photographs and sketches do the talking, beginning with a Tasmania Wildlife Identification Chart.

Reflections of a bog

Reflections of a bog

Snowy mountains, Tasmania

Snowy mountains

Highland plateaus

Highland plateaus

Rising mist

Rising mist

Frozen tropics

Frozen tropics

Outcrops

Outcrops

Hidden paths of the Overland

Hidden paths of the Overland

Translucency

Translucency

Wallaby in the snow

Wallaby in the snow

Waterfalls beside the Overland Track

Waterfalls beside the Overland Track

Sunset from a cabin

Sunset from a cabin