Sylvia Creek in the Wirrawilla Rainforest Reserve, Toolangi State Forest, Victoria, Australia.
A remnant rainforest area in a forest devastated by the 2009 fires and suffering further damage by logging carried out by the Victorian Government’s agents, VicForests. The wood is pulped and sold to Japan at a very low price per tonne, for copy paper.
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rainforest, tree ferns, ferns, creek, bette devine

Many years ago I painted. Then I realised that I did better at photography than painting – and that has been my medium of expression ever since.

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  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowover 1 year ago

    what can I say? Gorgeous!

  • That’s quite enough! Thanks Harry.

    – Bette Devine

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    A superb capture……………**

  • Thanks you very much, Albert.

    – Bette Devine

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    Ah, the peaceful beauty of tree ferns in the rainforest! You knew I would love this! (Copy paper? What a travesty! Let them source their pulp locally in Japan!)

  • I did expect a favourable comment from you, Celeste :) The Japanese refuse to log their own native forests.
    I met some Japanese tourists one time when I was campaigning outside Parliament House who were furious that their government and their companies were benefiting from our forest destruction.

    – Bette Devine

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Simply beautiful, Bette! Such an inviting scene, unfortunately some cannot appreciate the world’s natural beauty!

  • Glad you like it, Lynn. To some, the dollar is the imperative. Look at the rainforests being destroyed all over the world.

    – Bette Devine

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 1 year ago

    Such a beautiful verdant scene Bette.

  • Thanks, William, for liking it.

    – Bette Devine

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Beautiful image Bette. Very intense greens.

  • I’m happy that you like it, Bob – and thank you.

    – Bette Devine

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago


  • Thanks lorilee!

    – Bette Devine

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 1 year ago

    Bette your work is outstanding.

  • Thank you for that compliment, Tereza.

    – Bette Devine

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Thank you for adding your work to IWP Group! Gena

  • A belated thank you, Gena!

    – Bette Devine

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder6 months ago

    Fabulous peaceful scene

  • It’s a very nice little spot in an area where logging threatens constantly.

    – Bette Devine

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