LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK – MT. ANNE AND LAKE PEDDER REGION – TASMANIA > Deception Ridge in The Clouds Panorama (High Camp, Mt. Eliza, Mt. Anne Track, Southwest National Park)
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Mt. Eliza, which overlooks Lake Pedder, and the Mt. Anne plateau offer some of the most beautiful and expansive alpine vistas in Tasmania. This photograph of ‘Deception Ridge’ was taken near High Camp Hut on the Mt. Anne Circuit. I woke up to this ethereal scene of being ‘in between’ the clouds. Sadly, much of this region was burnt in the devastating bushfires of summer 2019.
Southwest National Park World Heritage Area is Tasmania’s most remote wilderness and is dominated by buttongrass plains, wet eucalypt forests and jagged mountain ranges. The Southern Ocean forms the park’s southern boundary, while expansive Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon occupy its centre.
Southwest National Park is Tasmania’s largest park at 6183 square km (2387 square mi) and features many endemic species of plants and animals. The park is home to endangered orange bellied parrots (Neophema chrysogaster) and Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila addax fleayi) as well as 1000+ year old Huon Pines. If the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) still exists, it would likely be in Southwest National Park.