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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dear Diary,

Went up through Golden Valley today, heading for Pine Lake in the Central Highlands. Cool, brisk breeze, feels like snow although it's towards the end of Spring...

Enroute stopped and walked the short distance, diary dear, to the lookout high above the spreading valley in the distance below, took some images of the nearby crags then pressed on to our destination...

A brooding crag, Central Highlands, Tasmania, Australia

Need to don coats at Pine Lake, as a deterrent to the biting wind, little diary, you would have found it cold on your open pages too. Mist playing on the surrounding hills and the air sharp and crisp. However, the boardwalk beckons. There's no-one else around, just us and the birds and the breeze.


The boardwalk is a bonus. It snakes over the cushion grass and broad marshy land here by the little lake, but it is easy walking - and the scenery is breathtaking.

Boardwalk into Pine Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania

There's a little lizard basking on an ancient rock. The sign had indicated there are snow lizards here, so the guess is that this little creature is one of these. Not much sun and warmth for it and it's a surprise to see it out, diary dearest. But, no, it's braving the elements and not a bit concerned about humans being so close, peering at it...

A snow lizard, Niveoscincus greeni, Pine Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania

Of course this is one of Nature's perfect gardens, with the beautiful Pencil Pine (athrotaxis cupressoides - and can reach an age of 1200 years! Imagine that!) (I had to look that up, so don't be too impressed with my great knowledge, diary dear, Google works wonders for the uninformed! And while I was at it, lovely diary, I found a mention of Niveoscincus greeni, the above-mentioned snow lizard which is here referred to as a skink).

The pines are a mix of those in a healthy state - and those that are long dead, with grey skeletal remains dotted about every which-way adding to the beauty of the scene with the tortured limbs and contorted trunks showing the wonderful patterning of these unique trees. And no-one coming to this place could fail to be impressed by the glorious green cushion moss. I'll look that up for you, too, little diary, because I'm sure you'd like to know what the botanical name for it is...

Examples of the living and dead pencil pines (athrotaxis cupressoides) typical of this lake.

Oh dear, not much joy so far with the botanical name of the cushion plant. Have got Abrotonella forsteroides and Pterygopappus lawrencii - and the computer querying if I want Abrotonella for steroids! I ask you, dear diary, what nonsense is this... Cannot the computer understand this is a botanical question and not one for the gym bucks and bunnies with big muscles... Harrumph... So not much joy so far, one or two pics and not much else. I can't believe it but I will press on and return to this question at a later time... What do you think, little diary...

Typical of the cushion plants near Pine Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania.

I am not happy with my images, dearest diary, so that gives a perfect excuse to return, don't you think... And I will do, very soon, and I will make notes so I can tell you the exact details of what I'm talking about and showing you... For now I'll let these images tell the story... Until next time dear diary...

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Mist adds to the atmospherics at Pine Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania
Like flowing water this remnant of pine adds to the wonderment that is Pine Lake
A natural pool in the landscape redolent of a Japanese garden pool. Simplicity creating beauty
This may well be the Plum Pine, a plant that is neither an edible plum bearing tree, nor a pine - or even a tree...
Another example of the amazing cushion plant, Pine Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania
As one leaves the shores of Pine Lake, the exit views are just as spectacular as the entry views

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