Well a week on Flinders Island was not enough! The scenery was mind-blowing, especially the granite formations along the west coast, and the stunning views from up the slopes of Mt. Streslecki. While there I discovered a book by local Ian Bayly, Australia’s Granite Wonderlands, with fantastic photographs of granite formations. The front cover shows Castle Rock on the east coast of the island. The trail to Castle Rock must be one of the best ever Australian bushwalks. I can understand why the author is a Flinders Island resident.
My work on Landscape Aesthetics points out the qualities that combine to define areas of outstanding natural beauty. To me these qualities are Majesty, Serendipity, Artistic appeal, and Atmosphere.
Briefly I define these characteristics as follows
Majesty – the grandeur of the topography and vistas
Serendipity – the micro-relief and complexity of surprising shapes and forms
Artistic Quality – the colors and contrasts, the juxtaposition of water and hills etc.
Atmosphere – the feelings and moods provoked by viewing and relating to the landscape
The granite landscapes of Flinders Island can be very highly rated in all these qualities.
The feature below is Pilligers Peak known as The Gin Bottle