Over the weekend one of my favourite bloggers This Amazing Planetpublished an image from his latest foray into Tasmania’s south. The location of his ‘viewing platform’ is indicated on the following Google map.
I am in awe of Mark’s walk up to the top of Hartz Peak clambering over snow covered rocks and unreadable depressions in the ground. But I am so very grateful to see this photograph. Sensational. It presents the Derwent River as a soft silvery ribbon. Beautiful!
“Security is mostly a superstition.It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller
The world is a wonderful place but not everyone is someone I want to meet, especially not when I am alone in remote or isolated areas of the landscape. Through our population there are a small number of people who are addicted to drugs which can make them irrational and dangerous, there are others who find humour in physically hurting strangers, and there are a few who like to go in for the kill. I do not want to be at the receiving end of any such activity.
When I first started writing the Walking the Derwent blog, I would provide advance information about which bus I was catching and from where. Early blog followers pointed out to me this might be an encouragement to a weirdo to join me on my walks, and so I stopped giving out this information.
Then one day I surrendered to those fears and stopped worrying: partly because I was well prepared for most adverse circumstances. Despite the concerns of others, all my walks have been safe.
For the past months I am sorry not to have been able to immerse myself in the stimulating isolation, the grandness of the sky and the clean freshness of our bush; instead for much of this year I have been hunched over the computer tapping out my books. I am particularly grateful for the blogs of others who continue to photograph our wonderful Tasmanian bush nooks and crannies – especially those locations which few get to see. In particular I would like to draw your attention to This Amazing Planet. Mark adds a photo or two each week and they never cease to amaze me – if you wanted another blog to follow then you will love the regular outpourings from this site.
Congratulations to all the bloggers who celebrate the wonders of our world. I hope those listed below may inspire my blog followers to be excited by the opportunities to see beautiful landscapes whether close to home or thousands of miles away.
In particular, I am inspired by all those who present Tasmania with glorious photographs and introductions to the geographical nooks and crannies that walkers, cyclists, rowers, kayakers, skiers, sailors and drivers find. It has been my privilege this year to discover new sites, whose owners love what they find and then share it with the world. Amongst these, you can find informative and stunningly beautiful photos of Tasmania’s Derwent River.
Life:Kittshows me colourful photos of cities on mainland Australia
The couple of guys who write Everyday Adventures transport me to places in Australia and around the world, give me a new perspective on the familiar and encourage me to seek out more of the unfamiliar.
In addition, the photographs and written content of many overseas bloggers uplift me. Some examples:
Tasmania’s bush, its coast and urban areas offer a photographer’s paradise at all times of day and night across the four seasons.
This Amazing Planet is one of many blogs that show spectacular photographs of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and landscape. Go to Nightscape-Hobart for a stunning visual treat. Enjoy looking at part of the glorious Greater Hobart Area, at night, photographed from on top of Mount Wellington. Between the two sides of the city, the rich blue Derwent River passes on its way to Stormy Bay and then the sea. The brightly lit Tasman Bridge can be seen to join the two shore lines.