Mount Tennent

Mount Tennent, January 2023
Oils on canvas
102cm x76cm x 4cm

I saw an ACT Government post advertising activities for World Mountain Day (who knew there was such a thing). One of the things on offer was a walkup Mt Tennent, in Namadgi National Park. How appropriate for me, I thought.
I hassled my partner, Kim, into getting up by 5.30am to be there by 7am sharp.  There was us two and three rangers.
It was a glorious walk, two hours up, almost two hours down and there had been a lot of track work done since last time I was there many years ago.
This painting depicts the rocks at the summit and the magnificent view out towards the Bimberri Wilderness area.
On our way down the Mountain, we met up with three more rangers who had walked all the way from the Victorian Alps, via this wilderness area. The track up Mount Tennent forms part of the Australian Alps Walking Track.
This year, rain and mud made their walk a bit difficult. Ironic considering the visibility of dead and burnt trees from the recent bushfires.
The optimist in me wanted to focus on the beauty of the recovering bush, rather than the depravity of the bush fire and climate change. The realist in me put in a few dead and burnt trees for good measure.

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