"Pedder, the iconic" Lake Pedder by iandsmith
Lake Pedder Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 46 photos
“I had chanced upon the book in the library one day and flicked casually through it. Here I learned of the legacy of the Latvian born Olegas Truchanas, for it was a volume dedicated to his photography and ideals.
In it I learned that he had lost all his transparencies in a bushfire and had to reshoot the scenes he treasured. Indeed, it was his picture of the now-lost Lake Pedder that really fired up the conservation swell that ultimately led to the saving of the Franklin, the river Olegas tragically drowned in. After his passing the book was published, a 5,000 run that the publishers said they would have trouble selling. By the fifth reprint it is fair to suggest they had probably changed their minds!
Olegas’ upturned kayak was found by Peter Dombrovskis, the photographer who took up the mantle and whose photo of Rock Island Bend was beamed around the world, inspiring international outrage.
Dombrovskis also died in the wilderness he loved, walking along a trail where he suffered a heart attack, but by then the Franklin at least had been preserved."
I wrote the above while sitting at the lookout at Strathgordon
The excellent road almost belies the wilderness that you are encroaching upon.
The first indications that water is nearby are the “boat ramp” signs but here the lake isn’t as scenically attractive and, by this time, you will have been disenchanted by the scars of the powerlines and poles that would have taunted Olegas’ vision of his beloved south western Tasmania.
Of course, one legacy of all this is the sealed road that today’s tourists enjoy and that ultimately leads you to Strathgordon and the Lake Pedder lookout just beyond.
Today’s view is predominantly that of water and former mountains are sometimes islands, sometimes peninsulas.
The lake’s ruffled surface bears witness to the relentless weather in these parts, the streaks and white caps testimony to the fury of the wind. Five days out of seven there is precipitation as the tumbling clouds cast their load sporadically across the panorama yet the low mountains are ever majestic with presence.
In the foreground alpine flowers seem to bloom almost oblivious to the foul skies above them, their delicate white blooms in stark contrast to the omnipresent green of the hardy scrub that shields them.
The exposed windswept slopes permit no forest giants.
- Pros:Fabulous scenery, environmentalists' pilgrimage
- Cons:Crap weather
- In a nutshell:No visit to Tassie is complete without going there
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