Category Archives: Trees
A very dramatic sunset over the first basin, Cataract gorge, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
The morning before the longest and frostiest day of the year. The frost really lay heavy on the ground on this morning and was unlike any frost that yours truly has seen in many a long year.
I found this tiny mushroom growing in a crevice in the bark of an old apricot tree.
We are fortunate in that the house that we recently moved into has a few fruit trees, all of them old and needing work plus a few seasons pruning to get them back to producing quality fruit. There were lots of apples on the Granny Smith tree. Many had a lot of scab but those that were salvageable were as sweet as I have tasted from a Granny Smith. The Lemon is in terrible condition I think the only thing holding it up is the ivy which is slowly strangling it to death. Even so the fruit is good and again remarkably sweet. I think it might be a Myer lemon they have a propensity to be less acidic. There are three other fruit trees my neighbour thinks one is a green plum and the other two look like cherries or cherry plumbs. Lastly there is this apricot the real estate agent, the previous owner and the neighbour all agree that the apricots are ‘really good’ and the tree is a heavy barer so much so that one year while the house was empty the fruit were picked and sold with lots left over for jam! Well, we will just have to wait and see until next spring.
A few days ago I left Mahogany Creek likely forever. After living in the same place for twenty six years I feel a sense of loss. Living in a forest has been a wonderful experience and a memory which I will treasure till my lifes end. But all good things must come to an end and so it has been with my forest existence but with ends come new beginnings. There are a number of projects that will never be finalised. I’m about three photos short of all the orchids that grow in the area, two of them never appeared the third was seen but eaten by some creature before I got to photograph it. Likewise with the Stylidium (also known as triggerplants or trigger plants) is a genus of dicotyledonous plants that have the notoriety of being the fastest kinetic plants on the planet. W.A. is particularly rich in this genus. I may be a bit eccentric in todays world but seeing these native plants appear every spring added a perspective to life that was missing almost from the day I left the rural north west of England forty five years ago.
And so now its to Tasmania we are bound a new ecosphere a different climate and another new beginning…
A slightly different take of this series of the education departments complex looking through to the subject I remember going inside this complex on a job just after they first moved in. It would be an experience to go have a look twenty years on, and education perhaps…
Canon 5D Voigtlander 40mm ƒ/11 1/50s ISO 160
I have lived in this forest for twenty five years and it never ceases to surprise me with its ever changing beauty. A tree may grow in one direction to fill a gap in the canopy and the next summer one sees a dappled pool of light where none has been seen before. It might well be one of the slowest growing of forests on the planet the native grass trees and Zamia palms seldom grow any more than a centimetre a year but slow growth does not stop it being quite dynamic in many subtle ways. The pioneer plants that grow along the firebreaks blowins from the paddock next door add some exotic colour at this time of year.