Californian Redwoods in the Otway Ranges

An experimental grove of sequoia trees was planted deep in the Otway Ranges in the 1930s.  It never proceeded to commercial development and stands to this day, inching ever closer to taking the prize of the tallest tree/s in Australia.

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I know I’m not the first to think of this perspective shot, but there’s a good reason it’s popular.
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An amazing life form.  Peering up from the permanent twilight on the forest floor in this stand of giants.  If there’s fresher or sweeter air than in this grove, I’ve yet to breathe it.
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The outer layer of bark on the trees seems to vary according to the aspect and amount of light it receives.
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Quite unlike bark on Australian eucalypts.
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This tree was bigger and seemed older than the others, which I guess it isn’t given they are all said to have been planted together.  Perhaps it was just in better soil, or had better light.  To the educated eye this bark tells a story.  I have no idea what that story might be.  But I found the range of colours, textures and shapes in this bark near the base of the tree interesting and beautiful.

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