Australia's Snowy Mountains are flat and rounded rather than tall and steep, so they don’t often look dramatic when compared to our overseas mountain cousins. But, when they are covered in snow, usually for only about 3 or 4 months nowadays, they take on an entirely different character. This shot was taken after a long snow shoe out to Rawsons Pass which is a small saddle at the foot of the last climb up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. The actual summit is just out of the picture on the left hand edge. Foggy weather is very common in winter and I had trekked out from the top of the chair lift on the Ramshead in thinning fog, hoping that as I headed higher up it would clear. As I approached Rawsons Pass a small break in the sky illuminated this patch of the snow ridge above me, and the only reason I managed to catch it was because I was resting. It was only my second day using snow shoes and I felt quite uncoordinated. I liked this image because the ridge was highlighted with little else being defined, as is often the way in the snow, landscape definition being lost in the glare and fog.
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