|Ben Lomond from Launceston, Tasmania's second-largest town, some 40km away.|
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|Location of Ben Lomond National Park.|
|Dolerite landscapes, Ben Lomond National Park plateau.|
Although only 1500 metres above sea level, at this latitude this means cold at any time of year, with heavy snow in winter, and cloud is common.
|The steepness of the massif, high above the surrounding valleys, is evident in this shot.|
|Eucalyptus delegatensis, Alpine Ash on the mainland, Gum-topped Stringybark in Tasmania, dominates the higher forests below the plateau. The bark of this sub-species is much paler than what I'm used to.|
|Ten of square kilometres of such heathland, prickly and rich in flowers in summer, dominate the plateau.|
This is above the tree-line, which is at least 500 metres lower than in Kosciuszko National Park on the mainland.
(That link will lead you to a discussion on differing tree-lines at different latitudes.)
|Richea scoparia, Epacridaceae (or Ericaceae, as is becoming more popular again); one of many species of the Australian heath family in these alpine pastures. This species is endemic to Tasmania.|
|Gentian Chiongentias diemensis, another island endemic.|
|Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus in montane forests below the summit.|
This is yet another endemic Tasmanian species.
|A face in the landscape.|
This is a Bennett's Wallaby (known as Red-necked Wallaby on the mainland) Macropus rufogriseus.
|Hakea lissosperma. I'm familiar with this shrub in the Brindabella Ranges above Canberra, where it's not common but does restrict itself to more conventional sites in montane forests!|