Changing Landscapes - A Beautiful Memory

July 01, 2013  •  3 Comments

 

Seldom Seen, Wallace Hut, Falls Creek VIC

 

I fondly recall my first visit to this solitary little hut, nestled amongst the gnarled and stunted snow gums of the Bogong High Plains. The road from Falls Creek still unsealed,  corrugated and bumpy added to the charm and remoteness the adventure. Although a beautiful sunny May afternoon in 2005, a bitterly cold wind swept across the alpine meadows quickly penetrating my inadequate cover of clothing. Freezing and eager escape the wind, I quickly captured my first images of Wallace's Hut to begin a relationship with a landscape that would become one of my favourites.


I have now spent over 100 hours amongst the snow, wind, rain and fair weather waiting for the light to bring this, the oldest surviving cattlemen's hut in the Victorian High Country to life. I have taken countless images of Wallace's Hut, yet this particular photograph, captured on a cold, wet autumn afternoon is my favourite. I love the snow gum in the foreground, its shedding trunk ablaze with reds drawn out by the constant rain.

As the years pass and we age, so too do the landscapes that we love. The road to Wallace's Hut is now sealed, eroding to a small degree the remote charm of the high plains. The hut itself at risk of collapse has been lovingly restored, its fresh snow gum slabs now weathering slowly as the harsh high country conditions infuse the character it once had. The greatest change of all however, was the recent lopping of the gorgeous snow gum in the foreground, its spectacular right hand limb cut off just above the ground.

While the loss of this beautiful scene saddens me, I'm grateful to have captured it on a cold autumn's afternoon at the peak of its beauty. As photographers, it is easy to pass by a location and promise ourselves 'I'll take that shot someday soon'. What happens however if that day comes and the scene is no longer there?

Written by Chris Munn

To follow my journey, please join me on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter


Comments

Kerry(non-registered)
I think this is a magnificent shot. Thank you for enriching my life with your photos.
Chris Munn Photography
Hi David. While we may never know why it was lopped, there is always the possibility it fell in wild weather. The remainder of the limb may have then presented a safety risk, forcing the parks service to remove it. The location, while still beautiful, has lost something special with the damage to this tree.
David Woolcock(non-registered)
Why was it cut? Is this the action of the dreaded Department of Scorched Earth!! What a shame as like you I love this view of the hut through the trees and it won't be the same if that part of the tree is gone. What a nanny state we have become.
No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July (1) August September October November December (1)
January (1) February (1) March April May June July August September (1) October (1) November December
January February (1) March (1) April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December