snowgum dreaming by Tony Middleton
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From the high plains to the deserts – the Eucalyptus is botanically iconic to Australia. With over 700 species ranging from stunted shrubs in the arid regions to the tallest flowering plant on the planet, their diversity is as grand as their stature. Most species are not frost or cold tolerant (temps down to -5C) though there is one species that lives in the alps of the mainland affectionately known as the ’snow gum’. (Eucalyptus pauciflora ). Whilst three other cold tolerant species exist in the highlands of central Tasmania. Growing as woodlands or open woodlands from 1300m-1800m ASL in Tasmania,Victoria and New South Wales where they form the altitudinal limit of the tree line.

The ’snow gum’ can become a gnarled old warrior as it eeks out an existance in poor soil with short growing seasons in harsh climates. Sometimes shedding bark revealing bright green,yellow or even orange-red under bark. It certainly makes for a brilliant dash of colour particularly in the snow. When in these alpine regions I often find it hard not to get ‘lost’ in their beauty and character and always find myself searching for those special individuals. Specimans with so much character that they speak for themselves.

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Comments

  • Matt  Lauder
    Matt Lauderover 6 years ago

    Wow.. fantastic shot Tony… now that one has to be printed big and hanging on your wall.

  • Thanks Matt – just need to find some time and money :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 6 years ago

    wow really love this looks like a painting

  • thanks for stopping by Christine :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellover 6 years ago

    beautiful Tony…and a wonderful description about the eucalyptus.

  • thanks Jared – it’s good to hear you appreciate it.

    – Tony Middleton

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskiover 6 years ago

    What a great image Tone,love everything about it

  • cheers Matt – I’m glad you like it !

    – Tony Middleton

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 6 years ago

    Wonderful work

  • thanks Denis !

    – Tony Middleton

  • louise
    louiseover 6 years ago

    Glorious depth of tone in this image Tony

  • thanks Louise – your comments are always highly respected :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • adgray
    adgrayover 6 years ago

    In the hush of the mist
    nothing seems to stir
    the low of a calf
    but hooves cannot be heard
    and who will live here now
    once the greenies have their word
    passed as the law of the land

    and the tiny alpine plants
    no longer see the sky
    strangled from their land
    as the bracken multiply
    note the underbrush
    is crunching tinder dry
    and there isn’t any rain for weeks

    then someone comes along
    with the view to walk the peaks
    he knows the way to go
    from the way he speaks
    but he’s been missing now
    for the best part of two weeks
    and the chopper has to circle all day long

    but then they see the smoke
    as it filters through the trees
    the rescue team’s alert
    his longed salvation he sees
    but the campfire’s not put out
    fanned by the summer breeze
    and suddenly the mountains are ablaze

    so you have to wonder why
    the mountains have been left
    after a centuries of care
    they now seem quite bereft
    victim to the fires
    engulfing field and cleft
    and leaving nothing precious to regrow

    I don’t think I’m the one
    to say the way to go
    I’m caught in the romance
    of living in the snow
    and living in the way
    that was done so long ago
    like the mountain men who cared for life up top

    Pictures of our high country will always bring romantic poetic words to my mind! Perhaps I am Banjo reincarnated.
    Thank you! X♥X

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 6 years ago

    the simple yet captivating beauty of trees

  • cheers Trav – Trees might be simple yet so hard to photograph well IMO.

    – Tony Middleton

  • adgray
    adgrayover 6 years ago

    Pictures of our high country will always bring romantic poetic words to my mind! Perhaps I am Banjo reincarnated.

    This inspired my poem Up Top
    Thank you! ♥

  • Thanks Alyssa – I’m speechless that it has inspired you to write such a piece ! :)

    – Tony Middleton

  • Andrew Bosman
    Andrew Bosmanover 6 years ago

    Well this is a bit special Tony!

  • cheers, Bos – thanks for stopping by :)

    – Tony Middleton


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