Wilsons Peak and the Head of the Condamine River, Queensland

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The range that includes the peak (Wilsons Peak) is actually the top of an escarpment that drops away into the coastal catchment of the Brisbane River, to the east.

The sunlit farmlands in the foreground are the headwaters catchment of the Condamine River which flows to become the Balonne, the Culgoa, then the Darling then into the Murray River before its waters flow into the Southern Ocean about 3700kms downstream.

Because of altitude and proximity to the Pacific Coast this area is cool, moist and green. But the river that drains it flows to a very distant coast, entering the Southern Ocean in South Astralia.

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Comments (19)

bdeh on February 24, 2012

Very nice picture with the shadows Ian. Greetings Berend

jeff_msn123 on February 24, 2012

Beautiful. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2012

The range that includes the peak (Wilsons Peak) is actually the top of an escarpment that drops away into the coastal catchment of the Brisbane River, to the east.

The sunlit farmlands in the foreground are the headwaters catchment of the Condamine River which flows to become the Balonne, the Culgoa, then the Darling then into the Murray River before its waters flow into the Southern Ocean about 3700kms downstream.

This area is cool because of altitude and also moist and green because of altitude and proximity to the Pacific coast. But the river that drains it flows to a very distant coast.

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2012

Thanks Berend. It is a very attractive landscape with its mountain rainforests and green pastures, mountains, escarpments, and waterfalls. The play of clouds, storms and light over the ranges enhances the landscape.

Warm regards,

Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2012

Thanks Jeff. Great to share images of places that I love with you.

Warm regards from Queensland.

Ian

Nick Weall on February 26, 2012

I love this composition Ian and appreciate the information that you have provided in the comments above. There is a facility for you now to add this information immediately below the photograph so as it remains permanently in view no matter how many pages of comments this shot eventually receives.

A YSL from me and best wishes ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2012

I appreciate your response to this photo, Nick, as well as your pointing out that there is a description panel now available. That is a significant improvement in our Pano system.

Thanks for the YSL as well. I very much enjoy this panorama each time I travel this picturesque road. But the clouds and the forest shadows seemed to frame and enhance the scene for me that afternoon.

Warm regards,

Ian

Youcef Z on February 27, 2012

Like.

Syborgh on February 27, 2012

Unbelievably beautiful.. I'm flabbergasted.

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2012

I appreciate your visit and response, Youcef. Warm greetings from Australia to Algeria.

Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2012

Dear Fried,

I am a little surprised but also very happy that this landscape appeals to you so much. This is quite typical of the ranges and coastlands of eastern Australia. I agree that it is beautiful, and I guess that is why I love driving and photographing among these ranges and valleys.

Warm regards from SE Queensland.

Ian

luyanfeng on February 28, 2012

美丽的大自然,精彩的摄影!

Ian Stehbens on March 6, 2012

Thank you very much, Luyangfeng, for your compliment and appreciation of our landscape.

Ian

Erik van den Ham on March 13, 2012

Great picture Ian love the way the clouds cast a shadow on the mountains. YSL

Best wishes, Erik

Syborgh on March 13, 2012

Why are you surprised dear Ian?? I'm extremely fond of cloudy skies over (whatever) land; look at my latest cloudy-skies series.

Kind regards, - Fried

Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2012

Greetings Erik. Thank you for the awards for they are very encouraging. I love this area so I am pleased that I have recorded it as the clouds gave particular highlight and emphasis to elements of the landscape.

Appreciatively,

Ian

Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2012

I am so pleased that you enjoyed this scene, Fried especially with the cloud shadows and clouds adding interest. As for my touch of surprise, I have gained an impression from your gallery that you most appreciate more cosy or enclosed or even darkened scenes, and this one was so wide open, with too much light (had it not been for the cloud shadows). However, I am very pleased that it has appealed to you. If I could entice you on a plane to the far side of the earth, I would then delight in exploring this landscape with you.

With warmest regards,

Ian

Syborgh on March 13, 2012

I would love to visit your country but I'm afraid I'll have to be content with your wonderful pictures, Ian. :)

Ian Stehbens on March 14, 2012

And I am delighted to share with you, Fried and to chat while we are at it, about your considerable knowledge of art and literature that I find stimulating. I'll keep on uploading so you can enjoy OZ from afar.

Ian

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