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Charlotte Pass in the Perisher Valley, at the end of the Kosciuszko Road, just above the Snowy River.

The trees are Snow Gums, (Eucalyptus pauciflora), commonly also known as White Sallee, Cabbage Gum and Weeping Gum. It is amongst the hardiest of all eucalyptus species, surviving the severe winter temperatures of the Australian Alps.

Perisher Valley, commonly just referred to as Perisher, is located within the Kosciuszko National Park between Jindabyne and Charlotte Pass on the Kosciuszko Road. It is primarily a winter only ski-resort village, although all year round accommodation is available. A story, which may be apocryphal, credits James Spencer, who settled in the area in the 1840s with saying 'What a perisher' when caught in a storm, giving origin to the Perisher name.

We were staying in nearby Thredbo for a few days in early summer, when there were still a few patches of snow on the upper slopes. I was quite proud of my two kids, 8 and 5 at the time, as they made it right to the top of Koscuizsko: not steep, but quite a long haul for little ones. But it's this image from 23 years ago, of twisted shapes of tree and rock that I'd like to share with you.

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