I am in The Ancient Empire, a wonderful walk through a forest of giant tingle trees.
The Red Tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii) of south west Western Australia is one of the tallest trees in the state and can measure up to 16 metres round at the base and grow to a height of 60 metres and live for up to 400 years.
The trees often have shallow root systems and grow a buttressed base. Forest fires often act to hollow out the base of the trees creating a large cavity. The distribution of the species has been shrinking due to climate change over millions of years. They are now found primarily in Walpole-Nornalup National Park (35° S) and in a few isolated sites outside the park in the Walpole area (approximately 34°58′S).
The red tingle is often compared to the other two species – the Yellow tingle Eucalyptus guilfoylei and Rate’s tingle Eucalyptus brevistylis are smaller.
The couple who have just passed through the tree had been following me and were delighted when I offered to use their camera to take their photo inside the tree.
Walpole is in the far south west of our state some 450 kms from Perth and is one of my favoured holiday destinations.
I took this photo with my Sony alpha 55 in aperture priority and with the 16-80 Carl Zeiss lens at about 50mm. ISO was 200 and I still had the nd8 filter attached.