Canberra - Mt Arawang at dusk
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Panoramabild av Unkle Kennykoala EXPERT Tagen 19:46, 24/02/2012 - Views loading...


Canberra - Mt Arawang at dusk

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View from right next to Mt Arawang Trig, in Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve. I was running 10 minutes late, huffed and puffed my way up as fast as I could up Mt Arawang but the sun had already gone by the time I got to the top. Bummer.

A layer of smoke is visible in an area between Mt Stromlo and Black Mountain - there was a controlled burn in Stromlo Forest Park on this day.

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