LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST. CLAIR NATIONAL PARK AND THE OVERLAND TRACK – TASMANIA > Fagus at Lake Hanson (Twisted Lakes Track, Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)
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Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s foremost natural icon and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park features a variety of different landscapes including buttongrass moorlands, temperate rainforests and untamed alpine areas and mountain peaks. It is home to many precious endemic and endangered plants and animals, such as Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles and 1000+ year old King Billy pines.
Nothofagus gunii, more commonly known as “fagus”, is Tasmania’s only native deciduous tree. It flanks the sides of Tasmania’s mountains at higher elevations and generally turns yellow around ANZAC Day (April 25). The turning of the fagus has become a popular time for bushwalkers and photographers alike to hike the trails of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park and experience one of Tasmania’s most celebrated endemic species.
This photograph of the fagus was taken over Lake Hanson, behind Hanson’s Peak and Twisted Lakes.