A long way from MtLawleyShire #3: Trees

Trees.  Yes I love trees, and this post is full of them, but they are different trees – all West Australian natives, but I can’t name them all.

These first shorts were taken at the Edith Cowan University campus at Joondalup.  It had rained in the morning, and reasonably heavy showers.  The drops were still clinging to some of the needles of the sheoaks growing outside the library (& otherwise, the trees were very difficult to photograph):


This is one large tree growing by the access road – there aren’t many large trees on this part of the campus – it was only built a few years ago and I think many of the trees would’ve been cleared.

These trees were in the park area by the lake where we had out picnic.  We sat on rocks, or walked around actually, and most of the trees were paperbarks, but there were a few others: a young peppermint tree and a pale gum:


larger and older:


One had a family of skinks – there were more than these 2 but the others were camera-shy 🙂


Just the beauty and grace of this – against a sky turning blue as the clouds disappear.


This one had flowers out of reach:

Now, the untended bush.  It was mostly paperbarks and Banksia, but due to a fire a few years ago, the Banksia forest was thin, most of the trees (shrubs?) obviously young.

First – paperbarks, though obviously, this is a manicured grove 🙂


a clutch of wilderness displaying some of the inherent characteristics of the paperbark – chaos and untidiness being the first two I can think of.  Wonderful shapes and shadows, though.



They look so old:


Then we started walking around, hoping to get down to another part of the lake.  On either side we were surrounded by bush – on one side paperbark tangles:




On the other side of the path was a narrow band of Banksia forest & some had flowers high up against the sky.  It was a jungle of thin spindly trunks and striped shadows.  They all looked like the Banksia prionotes, the same as those at the university campus.  They don’t have the same sculptural appearance of the paperbark, but I could imagine, many thousands of years ago, having to be wary of the striped mainland variety of the Tasmanian tiger.  It would’ve moved like a ghost through these:





Occasionally, there were other trees amongst the Banksia, some regenerating after fire:

Two groups of ibis flew over us as we walked:


and the path walking back to the car gave a different perspective of the trees:


There were quite a few dead trees, from previous bushfires.  This one is marked for removal, but there were many of them.  Many fallen as well.  I suppose they are leaving a lot there as quite a few birds use hollows in old trees for nesting, so the more that can remain, the better.  Although it seems full and lush, the bush fringe around the lake is only a 100 meters deep at most, and the birds are dying out because of habitat loss.

We drove around to the other side of the lake.  The reed beds here were very deep so we couldn’t get near the lake and otherwise, the grounds were manicured into football ovals.  But there were trees:

huge paperbarks:



and there were other trees as well, massive great things:



and this – probably one of my favourite photos of the day:

Next post – what kitty had to say when I got home 🙂

22 comments on “A long way from MtLawleyShire #3: Trees

  1. Deborah says:

    awesomely beautiful – I love huge trees so much! and the wonderfully untidy chaotic paperbarks. there was a gorgeous big eucalypt (Ghost Gum, I think) in the RBG Sydney which was a great age – a very early planting in the Gardens. it died during the years I was working at the Friends of the RBG and had any dangerous branches lopped so it wouldn’t drop them on anyone, but was left as home for birds, insects, etc. when kids came in for educational tours it was called The Supermarket Tree, because it was a source of food for so many different birds, animals and insects 🙂


    • That is a wonderful thing, that it was left 🙂 But very sad it died 😦 I love huge trees too – all trees really, and those paperbarks are such wonderful shapes & make wonderful shadows. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂


      • Deborah says:

        yes, it’s always sad when trees die, even if they’re hundreds of years old (maybe even more so, when they’re that venerable).
        I forgot to say, your photos of the skins are so cute!


      • the skins? Que???
        I’m watching some trees in a local carpark – beeautiful trees, quite young, but they have that terrible weeping canker which means in about 4 – 5 years, they’ll be dead. It’s heartbreaking. I just hope the larger fums in the area are OK :-/


  2. 🙂 Pinterest is a Internet site that offering a content sharing service that allows members to “pin” (post) images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features. I did not specifically mention the copyright again, to help ease your mind, I can remove it 🙂 If there was a problem, I would not of been able to repost your picture. Kind of like how on WP, some images can be added to a post while others found on the Internet cannot.

    I have one album (kind of like a photo album) titled, A Different Perspective and have added photos of things with a different vantage point. The trees that seem to be framed by other trees is the one I chose. Two trees centered with leaves at 11 o’clock in the frame. The grouping in paperbark tangles.

    (Please know I’m off the computer for a few hours, I will respond later today)


  3. Stunning, thank you for the eye (picture taking) I’m going to add one to my Pinterest board titled a different perspective. The pictures deserve more attention 🙂


  4. N Filbert says:

    amazing! delightful, thanks


  5. eof737 says:

    Are these all the damaged trees? 😦


    • no no – there are probably damaged trees amongst them, but I think these are fine. They will have regenerated from the fire a couple of years ago. In some areas, the banksias aren’t regenerating and the bankdia forests are dying, but this area for the moment is safe.


  6. semprevento says:

    Great reportage.
    .. you are very good and the trees are a source of great inspiration.
    I love this picture.
    a kiss


  7. niasunset says:

    Reblogged this on photographyofnia and commented:
    Do They Talk? Yes, I saw this in her photographs, trees are talking…


  8. niasunset says:

    WOW! Dear Keira, your tree photographs are so beautiful… so beautiful. You know how much I love them too… I can be lost there… Each of them is talking… You are so lucky to have them. There are special ones for me among them, I don’t know why but they hit me so much, number 28, the green part is amazingly standing, you really captured a wonderful composition, and number 31, the colours fascinated me… another wonderful composition and number 43, the path along the tree is a wonderful composition I wanted to walk along these trees… Thank you dear Keira, you are amazing with your camera. With my love, nia


    • Nia, thank you 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I enjoying taking these photos too 🙂 But now, I’m going to have to look now to see which ones you are referring to… (& I shall whisper your words to my camera…)


  9. bulldogsturf says:

    I just knew there had to be beautiful tree shots to come, they have and I’m not disappointed, I love everyone of them. Thank You.


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