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Grass Tree by Travis Easton

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I found this Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea australis) at Half Way Hut at Wilsons Promontory NP after the 2005 bush fires. The Grass tree like many Australian plants needs fire to propagate effectively. Under normal conditions it is rare for the flower to form, after fire however it is a different story with every grasstree in sight sporting an amazing ‘kangaroo tail’ from its mop. Usually they are straight as a die so to find such a shapely specimen really grabbed my attention. Finding a nice angle with which to show it off proved a little more problematic. After much chin scratching and walking around in circles I ended up with my back in the dirt where I eventually found a nice juxtaposition of the ‘tail’ with the sky without trees intruding into the frame in inappropriate spots… click.

For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.

10% of all profits go to the Wilderness Society

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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    AARDVARKalmost 7 years ago

    May I be the first to congratulate you.

  • Thanks Mr Aardvark

    – Travis Easton

  • Jennifer and Paul Cave
    Jennifer and P...almost 7 years ago

    An intrigueing specimen. They are amazing! We found some weird ones – totally different to these ones we all know and love – in Western Australia. Take a squiz at them …
    Love this perspective – brilliantly offset against the rich blue sky – the dirty back was worth it – a proud capture I am sure!

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 7 years ago

    how cool is that?! fabulous shot – well composed ~ I like these Grass trees :)

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullneralmost 7 years ago

    Nice find Trav…nicely composed as well, oh and sharp as a tac…

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 7 years ago

    The image itself is stunning Travis but your description of the efforts of your problem solving makes this all the more wonderful..(i had a little giggle at you walking around scratching your chin etc What is marvellous about this is the light and composistion is wonderful and gives us a very good perspective of the plant and the beauty of it. Well done..seriously!

  • Rebecca Cruz
    Rebecca Cruzalmost 7 years ago

    Wow and wow! I’ve never seen the like! Thank you for sharing it with us, stunning shot.

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 7 years ago


  • janpiller
    janpilleralmost 7 years ago

    Nice job – getting down and dirty.. being one with the earth and all that… it paid off!! Great shot of a strange looking plant! Your Southeast Point version is also stunning!

  • felixx
    felixxalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot of this weird plant which is definately ‘doing its own thing’ :)

  • CMCphotoart
    CMCphotoartalmost 7 years ago

    Astonishing and beautiful. Your both informative and entertaining narrative is a pleasure to read, Travis. Thank you for adding this unique Grass tree perspective along your personal pledge to Art for Conservation.

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