Morning light on Little Horn, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania
Printed with pigment ink on Canson Platine Fibre Rag, 100% Cotton Rag archival paper. Remastered by fine art printer, Simon Olding, exclusively for Wild Island Tasmania.
Autumn colours of the Tasmanian endemic deciduous beech, or ‘fagus,’ beneath Cradle Mountain, here shrouded in cloud.
Little Horn lies to the east of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. The geology of the region is characterised by dolerite formations and columns, similar to the geology of Mt. Wellington above Hobart. Nothofagus gunnii is Tasmania’s only deciduous beech. It’s characteristic pleated dark green leaves turn a spectacular golden yellow in autumn. ‘The turning of the fagus’ is a much sought after event among photographers and bushwalkers. As seen in this photo, mountainsides can change from emerald green to golden yellow in a matter of days.