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Industrial Damage

By Jasper87  
Queenstown - Tasmania: In the 1900s this was a mining centre and at the time it was a finely wooded area. Owing to the combination of tree removal for use in the smelters, the smelter fumes (over about 40 years), and the heavy annual rainfall, the erosion of the shallow top soil back to the harder rock profile has contributed to the stark state of the surrounding mountains. Incredibly there is concern by some local residents that re-vegetation will affect this resultant 'moonscape'!

As always, thank you for taking the time to look and comment. A big thank you for your VCs on St Paul's and an even bigger thank you to Jason (jasonrwl) and John (John Hawthorn) for their UAs on Mr Blue Sky - very much appreciated.


Tags: Tasmania Mining Queenstown Environmental damage Landscape and travel

Voters: CarolG, jennialexander, luceombra and 59 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
13 Mar 2012 8:28AM
Looks like much of our landscape here in Crete, Dave, very barren and a lack of trees. A well composed and captured image. Carol
luceombra 10 27 5 Italy
13 Mar 2012 8:30AM
Stunning colours!!!
Richsr 14 91 223 England
13 Mar 2012 8:51AM
Like your use of the road curve and the good details and colour Dave, well worked
Regards Richard
13 Mar 2012 9:09AM
Hi Dave loved tasmania,good capture gray
marktc Plus
11 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 9:20AM
A great lead in with the road Dave, you have really captured the colours of the rock so very well and the contrast with the rich blue sky is great. Superb image Dave.
Jocelia 10 2 1 Australia
13 Mar 2012 9:29AM
Great capture. Yes, Tassie is having trouble with re-forestation.
Look at Snowdon though in Wales. Full of trees at one time but used for the miners
and never re-plant. As so in many parts of Wales, treeless after mining, slate hanging over the mountains.
So lovely to see yours though……
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
13 Mar 2012 9:35AM
Very much like our own parts of land! Well executed image.
mikemullumby 11 1 3 Australia
13 Mar 2012 9:38AM
Love the photo ,love the description, as one involved in the mining industry for many years ,i sympathise, i didn't realise until years later the damage that is done and left unrepaired,given my time over, a lot would be changed.
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
13 Mar 2012 10:40AM
A fine record of the result of man's interference with the balance of things: same thing happening in so many parts.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 11:22AM
Interesting shot, I like the curve in the road.

achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
13 Mar 2012 11:49AM
Awesome tones and textures Dave with excellent composition!


AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
13 Mar 2012 12:34PM
A pictorial portrayal of havoc wreaked by man on nature. I live in an area where limestone is mined heavily. Aside from the particulate matter in the air, the ground land is left with great gaping holes, the vegetation caked in limestone dust.

posty57 13 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 12:40PM
You were in Australia Dave !(JOKE for any Aussies watching, listening or just perusing the talent !). It does make a stunning image with that sky (that sky again !).

morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 1:43PM
Very nicely composed image, great colours, beautifully captured.

danbrann 17 640 17
13 Mar 2012 1:43PM
Man has a lot to answer for.
13 Mar 2012 2:18PM
As above!! Nice leading lines taking you through the image. Good to have the commentary to make sense of the scene. Regards Russell
twelvemegs 11 6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 3:48PM
Superbly sharp image Dave.
I like the composition using the posts to lead the eye.

Fefe Plus
10 61 37 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 4:39PM
Great image and desciption again Dave, cracking blue skySmile
DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 5:11PM
Great colours and composition - very interesting photo documentary and description - a tough lesson we should learn

13 Mar 2012 5:14PM
superb lead in dave,great shot,well captured indeed.ray
moiral 11 12 Scotland
13 Mar 2012 5:41PM
Beautiful shot Dave. A fine example of man ruining the environment. Moira
andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 6:34PM
brilliant comp dave wonderful light and colour cracking detail a belter nice one Wink
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 7:21PM
good colour and tones in this shot and just look at that blue sky phew! enuff to make any photographer envious
Great curve appeal and colours and textures... Interesting description
13 Mar 2012 7:37PM
Brilliant light and colour Dave,well done..Lin
mhfore 14 8 176 England
13 Mar 2012 8:51PM
Ecky thump lad,

Love the road, it just works so well. I know your not that good at composition Wink so I guess after a while you had to strike lucky Grin

Nice one Dave.

Mr M
pdcche 11 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 9:47PM
Nice view and composition Dave.. Peter
debu 11 India
14 Mar 2012 12:27AM
Lovely image and great composition too.
14 Mar 2012 8:59AM
Its not a good looking spot but then you don't get many trees growing on rocky ground. You got a good score there anyway Grin WesternRed.
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
14 Mar 2012 2:47PM
I have to say that the visuals are fascinating despite the cause. Well captured, Dave, and I looove that sky.

Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 5:23PM
She' will be coming round the mountain...remember that tune?Smile
Well Dave that is what has sprung to mind here..
and still singing it
great shot too
carper123 Plus
10 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 10:22PM
beautifully composed great colours, and sharp.
well done
1881 9 India
28 May 2012 7:28PM
AWESOME picturerisation.
Regards - SANJEEVTongue

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