Tongariro Northern Circuit

Early rise on our last day of the Tongariro Northern Circuit, in order to avoid the crowds doing the crossing. Managed to find a nice spot just off the trail as we were on the way up the ridge from the hut.

Looks like the weather could get interesting later

Nice fiery sunset on a showery evening

The glorious mango and peach gateau.

An abrupt beam of light bursting through thick cloud, viewed from the summit of Mount Maroon in Mount Barney National Park

Dawn light wanly peers through thick cloud, silhouetting distant mountains. Summit of Mount Maroon, Mount Barney Nationl Park

Sunlight breaks through thick cloud cover as a lenticular cloud rests on the summit of Mount Lindesay. Summit of Mount Maroon, Mount Barney National Park.

Beam of early morning sunlight breaking through cloud cover today from the summit of Mount Maroon

Only spotted this today. Really puts a new spin on communing with God.

Looking suitably menacing

Sunset at Willy’s Rock

Willy’s Rock is an interesting little outcrop interrupting the uniformity of White Beach on the West coast of Boracay in the Philippines.

The outcrop has a shrine to the Virgin Mary erected atop, and a staircase leading up, which is extremely popular with tourists.

Basket Swamp Falls in Basket Swamp National Park in Northern New South Wales

Coomera Falls, at the bottom of Coomera Gorge in Lamington National Park

One of the many beautiful cascades running down Basket Swamp Creek in Northern New South Wales

Camping on the Cataract River in Northern New South Wales

Close perspective of the Sydnety Harbour Bridge looking toward Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House, from Milsons Point, near Luna Park

Outlook from Kirribilli looking toward Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Lunchtime, then back to the workshop

Escaped the rain

Cairns from the Copperlode Lookout under a full moon

Lake Hypipamee, a deep volcanic vent situated at Mount Hypipamee, near Dinner Falls, between Atherton and Ravenshoe.

Curtain Fig Tree, between Yungaburra and Atherton. This is a strangler fig, approximately 500 years old, which has formed a unique configuration due to the configuration of the host trees it has enveloped over time.

Gillies Lookout, at the top of the Gillies Range above the Goldsborough Valley in Far North Queensland

Cairns from the Copperlode Lookout under a full moon

The Cathedral fig, an enormous strangler fig encompassing several hosts. It is situated above the Gillies Range in Far North Queensland, near the township of Yungaburrah.

Rolling fields off the Palmerston Highway in Far North Queensland. Mount Bartle-Frere, Queensland’s highest peak at 1622 metres, in the background to the right.

Overlooking Newmarket and Alderly. Looks a bit overcooked due to trying to save a lot of shadow detail with very limited latitude.

Sunset above Bancroft Park in Red Hill. DJI Phandom and GoPro Hero3 White Edition in time lapse mode.

For as long as I’ve been a member of Brisbane Bushwalkers I’ve been forcing myself to attend creek walks, partly to gain experience traversing challenging terrain, but primarily in an attempt to convince myself that creek walks are in fact enjoyable.

So, it was with minor trepidation that I considered an invitation by Brisbane Bushwalkers veterans Lou & Marion Darveniza to walk Mount Bangalora and Reynolds Gorge, nestled in the South-Eastern corner of Main Range National Park.

The harsh incandescent lights of Newcastle Baths bathed the rocks, inducing a mild fear of the unknown, crashing menacingly beyond the light.

One of the big features I wanted to build into my new Wordpress site was the ability to synchronise my Facebook and Flickr feeds. Normally people do this by adding an embedded feed or some such, but I didn’t want to be tied to Facebook’s or Flickr’s idea of how I should format my data.

This involved a bit of a learning curve, including discovering how to use Wordpress’ scheduling hooks correctly.