New England after cold snap

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New England after cold snap

Postby davidfisher71 » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 1:14 pm

New England National Park (east of Armidale) is a very beautiful place, as you can see from the photos in this post.

There was some snow in the area recently, but it was forecast to be clear on Saturday, so I took a quick trip up there on the weekend. I thought I'd share a few photos.

Here's a map of the area:

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I went anticlockwise around the Lyrebird Walk, starting from Robinson's Knob trail. Soon I noticed a little waterfall up to the right of the track, and climbed up to take a look. Underneath it there was what looked like an ice sculpture. It took me a while to realise it was a tree branch thickly coated in ice; the mist from the waterfall had accumulated overnight.

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Just south of Weeping Rock there was a frozen waterfall with lots of icicles on an overhang nearby, which was a thrill because I've never seen them up close before:

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I completed the circuit but didn't actually go to Weeping Rock, then I met some other walkers who mentioned that it was covered in white in the morning. So I took a short trip there in the afternoon from Banksia Point picnic area.

When I got there the high cliff was still covered in icicles, but they were melting by that time. There were occasional cracking sounds, and bits of ice would plumet down -- the ground was littered with bits of broken icicles. I was careful not to get hit :-).

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Before I started the walk, I visited Point Lookout to look at the view, and the wind felt kind of arctic -- I wondered what I had got myself into. But it wasn't so bad down in the valley. So I can recommend a trip to New England even if the temperature has been low.
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Re: New England after cold snap

Postby ofuros » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 8:35 pm

Brrrrrr...but the best season to be out & about. 8-)
Thanks for sharing those pics, davidfisher71.

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Re: New England after cold snap

Postby perfectlydark » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 9:21 pm

Beautiful!
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Re: New England after cold snap

Postby cajun » Tue 21 Jul, 2015 8:54 am

Beaut photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: New England after cold snap

Postby awildland » Sat 01 Aug, 2015 7:40 pm

Awesome. You are so lucky to have seen weeping rock like that!! Very jealous that we are missing such an amazing, frosty, photogenic winter. Thanks for posting your pics.
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