Nothafagus Gunnii

Nothofagus Gunnii…ahh the Fagus, that little tree us Australian Landscape photographers dream about. Well I do! They hold so much appeal to me – gnarley dwarfed branches from living in harsh alpine environments, the old wood of their exposed roots holding onto shear rock faces and their tough little crinkle cut chip like leaves that turn that warm rusty burnt orange and sometimes, if your lucky to find, bright red.
Unlike our Northern Hemispherian counterparts, who have mountainsides of Maples, Elms, Oaks and Aspen to color the landscape, us Aussies need to search out our native Autumnal color and often have to hike for days to find that perfect shot. For me, this also adds to the appeal and satisfaction of paying heed to ones effort.
Having traveled the world a little, or a lot, depending on who I compare my exploits with, I still find the trekking in Tasmania to be world class and it is here where we go “Fagus Hunting”…!
Anyway, I thought I’d stick up a collection. Though, still hunting for that perfect Fagus shot and probably will forever..!


Yep, a little bunch of that “nirvana” red Beech..


A mountainside of orange, high up on Cradle Mountain.

Fagus on the flanks of Mount Field


Lake Wilks – Cradle Mountain


The beautiful Twisted Lakes, in fog – Cradle Mountain


Tarn Shelf – Mount Field N.P.
Below- Lake Hanson panoramic (in a really good year) – Cradle Mountain

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Gnarley!

Below, forground Fagus at Twisted Lakes-Cradle Mountain- taken only a few weeks back

And again, taken recently, probably my favorite Fagus shot of all – taken on a dawn shoot from the Face Track – Cradle Mountain

More Fagus shots and Tasmanian Landscapes can be found scattered throughout my PF if anyone cares to have a look. This Link will take you there.

For anyone who, like me, finds this type of landscape awe inspiring, I urge you to take the trip – and for most of us, it’s a little hop skip, down to the Apple Isle (Tasmania) for an opportunity to photograph some of the most majestic mountain, rainforest and coastal, wild and scenic areas on the planet – you wont be dissapointed.
And for next Fagus season, jump on board and join what has become a yearly RB Cradle Convention for the turning of the Fagus at Cradle Mountain where we meet, trek, compare notes, socialize and just have an absolute blast.
Timing for this is late April/early May (TBC). Feel free to BM me and/or Tinnieopener with questions regarding this…

Thanks for having a look in and comments always appreciated..
cheers, Rob…

Nothafagus Gunnii

Robert Mullner

Mornington Peninsula, Australia

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Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech) – the allure and the hunt.!

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