Sunrise from Pelion East
This is Tasmania's highest mountain, Mount Ossa, taken at sunrise from Mount Pelion East.
For those not familiar with the overland track, the overland track is a 6 day, 81kms hike from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.
This image was taken from just below the summit of Mount Pelion East - accessed via a side track roughly halfway along the overland track.
To get to this location for sunrise was challenging. On the overland track, walkers must stay at designated huts. This is a 4-hour uphill hike from the nearest hut - Pelion Hut. I had planned to leave at midnight, but I became a bit distracted with astrophotography close to Pelion Hut as it was such a clear night. By about 2am, I was on my way towards the summit of Mount Pelion East with 9 kilograms of camera gear making my pack a total of 27kg.
I was running late for sunrise.
This junction to the Mount Pelion East or Mount Ossa side tracks are typically reached on Day 4, but I was a day ahead of schedule. After the first day was drenched in rain, the second day was clouded in and after waking to see a clear sky at Pelion Hut, I pushed on through as I had planned this photo for sometime and I did not want to miss the sunrise.
This is a photograph where the conditions and light were simply perfect.