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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Selections ... Textures and Colours in Nature ... Trees

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim or Frogspondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through Life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

I recently shared my Colours and Textures in Nature ... Bark photos, but today it's trees. Not necessarily trees in the classic way, sure there are a few of them here, but this series hopefully looks at more than the classic green tree or forest setting. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Part 1 ... Bits and Pieces of Trees

This tree had fallen over a walk path, it had been sawn so that the path was still accessible.
Photo taken near Albany, WA

When the vine becomes part of the tree.
Photo taken Swarbrick Forest, Walpole, WA

Do you like my spots?
Photo taken Circular Pool, Walpole WA

Dead leaf caught by the tree fern in the understorey.
Photo taken Harmony Forest Cottages, Margaret River WA

Morning frost on new leaf.
Photo taken Harmony Forest Cottages, Margaret River, WA

Unfolding to new life.
Photo taken Harmony Forest Cottages, Margaret River, WA

I may be dying but I'm pretty to the end
Photo taken Harmony Forest Cottages, Margaret River, WA

Entwined prettiness.
Photo taken Harmony Forest Cottages, Margaret River, WA

We've been munched
Photo taken Shannon National Park, near Pemberton, WA

Snarly 'n' scratchy
Photo taken Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance, WA

Fire may have destroyed me, but here I stand pointing to the clear blue sky.
Photo taken Karijini National Park. WA

Part 2 ... I'll Grow in the Most Unlikely Places

A rock wall, well that's not going to stop me!!
Photo taken in Royal National Park NSW

What do you mean I can't grow on the side of a cliff??
Photo taken Royal National Park NSW

Aarhh, right there, thanks for scratching my back.
Photo taken Windjana Gorge National Park, Kimberley Region, WA

Part 3 ... Classic Trees - Shapes and Colours

Classic Eucalypt
Photo taken Windjana Gorge National Park, Kimberley Region, WA

Just how yellow can yellow be?
Photo taken Shannon Campground, near Pemberton, WA

The ancient Boab, once used as a jail for Aboriginal prisoners.
Photo taken Derby, WA

A sentinel of ancient guardians.
Photo taken Woody Lake, Esperance, WA

Gnarled and ancient paperbark, Woody Lake, Esperance, WA

Part 4 ... Dieback and Bush Fire - the Carnage Left Behind

And dieback hits, and then we die.
Susceptible Banksia species
Photo taken Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance, WA

In death we cry out.  Stop the Rot.
Susceptible Banksia species
Photo taken Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance, WA

My brothers may be dying, but the rot has not got me yet.
Photo taken Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, WA

Dark and brooding Banksia men
Photo taken Woody Lake, Esperance, WA 

It was a hot, hot fire.
Photo taken Cape Arid National Park, Esperance, WA

Thanks for popping by, happy Sunday xxxx


  1. In the 'paper bark' picture, the trees look like they are going to walk.

    1. How right you are Delores, they do look like they are about to walk around the lake. It was a photo I could not resist taking. Thanks for popping by xxx

  2. Glorious. And the final series is heart-hurtingly sad. Though I am always amazed at how well so many of them revive with a bit of rain...

    1. Thanks EC. The south coast parks get a lot of lightning strikes which start some major fires each summer. We are lucky that a lot of our bush needs fire to rekindle it's life so while some die many more will bloom.

      The dieback though is another issue, one which Banksia are very susceptible to, we are trying to keep it out of the national parks, but it is so easily spread that it seems at times a losing battle. The only good thing I suppose is that not all species of native flora will die but banksia, jarrah, grass trees and some other species don't survive its onslaught.

      I think you would love some of our south coast national parks.

  3. Love all the trees in parts two and three, and the munched leaves in part one.
    Fire damage is always sad, but some plants need this type of heat to seed and regrow.

    1. Thanks for popping by River, we are really lucky to have some amazing trees in Australia, I find them stunning.

  4. As usual your photography is superb and I loved all the pics of living and dead/dying trees/shrubs.
    That dieback is certainly a scourge in our forests and I wonder if they will ever defeat it.
    I think the leaves have lerps....am I right there and those with the ragged edges....have they been attacked by a type of bee? I used to know but forget what makes that type of pattern but it always makes the leaves look rather spectacular. xx

    1. Don't think we are any closer to a cure for dieback even with all the research over the years, it keeps marching on through our national parks, mores the pity. I think you are right with the bee eating those leaves, it uses the leaves to make its nest I think. Pretty sure it is a native bee, will have to do some more research. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment. xxx



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