Mt Skene and the Snowy River, Victoria, Australia
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Joe Mortelliti‘s life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to ‘see’ the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
The smooth powdery snow was an exciting sight to enjoy. We travelled by 4wd passing through and driving around, approximately 24 four wheel drives stuck in the snow, giving driving advice as we went.
The technique in these conditions is low range 1st gear, crawling at the slowest speed possible, no diff or center diff locks and 10 psi tyre pressure. As soon as you feel the tyres break through and drop into the snow you stop … no throttle required … and reverse back up and forth as many times as necessary to compact the snow beneath you. You then take a gentle run at the point were you stopped to get back up on top of the snow surface.
At the top of Mt Skene, the colours of the snow gum trunks are beautiful sight. We were first to drive to the summit on untouched, powdered snow. To see the smooth powdery surface all ahead of you was a delightful experience.
The tip of a tree or bush reaches out from under the many feet of snow that covers it on Mt Skene. It was explained to me that the heat within the live tip of the tree generates enough heat to melt the snow immediately around it, hence the hollow in the snow it sprouts from.
This is the view from our tents that we enjoyed at this bush campsite. After breaking camp we crossed the Snowy River in our 4wds and headed north to pick up the Deddick Trail and onto McKillop’s Bridge.
he evening mist rolled in on our camp site beside the Snowy River at Jackson’s Crossing.
An evening mist starts to roll in over the mountains in the background at our camp spot on Jackson’s Crossing. We pitched our tents to take in this stunning river view.
Lots of charming elements, both from man and nature to create good images from. The flies were a bit of a problem here however and made camp cooking a bit of a challenge.
Early morning and the air is still, the river surface is relatively smooth in the mild conditions and the soft reflections are appealing pastel shades.
Located in the remote area of Eastern Victoria, near the small township of Seldom Seen. McKillop’s bridge is one of the only two road crossings on the length of the Snowy River. The Bridge is 256 meters long and stands 191 metres high at road level.
Little River Gorge is located just west of the bridge and is Victoria’s deepest gorge.
Looking down on the Snowy River from 191 metres up standing on the roadway of McKillop’s Bridge.
This is second bridge on this site. Two weeks before the official opening the Snowy River filled the valley and washed away the new bridge. Just imagine the volume of water to fill the valley and rise to wash away a 191 metre high bridge!
It’s also possible that the water washed away the foundations and caused the bridge to collapse, without needing to fill the valley. It would still have been a pretty impressive sight!
Just off the Deddick Trail onto Musk Track and you reach the top of a mountain which is a known helipad for use in emergencies. These gums sweeping into an arch made for a good shot
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