Light snow falling in Namadgi National Park.
One of the unique things about Canberra is how close it is to some amazing mountain landscapes and beautiful national parks. When you look out the window in at morning tea and see snow falling on the nearby ranges (which in itself is pretty cool!) you can be up in the mountains filming that snow falling through eucalypt forests in less than an hour – then still make it back in the office for a late lunch! No traffic, no crowds when you get there (at least on a week day) and no real planning required – a quick look out the window to see if there’s snow (or storms / sunsets) over the mountains is all it takes.
With Friday’s ‘deep low’ promising widespread snow falls across southeast Australia it wasn’t really a surprise to find some of this falling in the Brindabellas. So a quick trip up to Namadgi National Park – just past Corin Forest – seemed like a good idea before lunch. There was already a nice dusting on the ground when I arrived before several flurries of light snow added to this. These flurries soon cleared but there was just enough snow falling to grab a couple of clips on the RED Dragon before the sun came out and things melted away fairly quickly in the forest. Heading back down the mountain there was still a nice dusting at Tidbinbilla but it was already starting to disappear as you watched it.
So not really the wild conditions predicted – it was actually quite pleasant when the sun came out (before the wind picked up a bit). Just a dusting of snow in the end but a I’ll take a morning in the mountains over sitting in the office any day of the week! Plus got some nice snow footage (couple of clips below) to use on something down the track.
RED Dragon in ‘snowmo’ set-up – Ombre rain cover and Miller Compass 25 + Sprinter legs.
A dusting of snow at Tidbinbilla.
See also brindabellas | part three | winter