Bracken bows before a majestic Blackbutt, Conondale Range, Queensland

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Comments (6)

EVA_L on January 16, 2009

Successful and contrasting dark background for this tender plant, Yan!


Ian Stehbens on January 16, 2009

Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt) grows to around 45M making it one of the big trees in our coastal forests of northern NSW and southern Queensland. Blackbutt is most resistant to forest fires, aided by the protection of its thick bark. Fire blackens its outer bark on the lower trunk, as in this image. Bracken rejuvenates after fire quite rapidly, sending up new fronds from the blackened earth.

It was good to photograph the two together. So thanks for your comment, Eva.


Amelia Royan on January 17, 2009

It's always such a pleasure to read your comments Ian. Out of the ashes arises a frond of such delicacy.

Greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2009

You are so appreciative, Amelia. And that is a most wonderful quality to find in a person.

I am quite amazed at widespread distribution of hardy bracken: in Europe, North America and here in Australia. And it is native to here, as I assume it is in Europe.

I remember sliding though it and a significant snow coverage in Calderdale, as I made my first scramble and descent to the River Calder, back in 1978. Can still remember the golden winter-colour of the bracken and the whiteness of the snow. Fond memories of friends and place.

Warmly, Ian

Isabel Marques on January 23, 2009

Very good job, very beautiful picture. Greetings, Isabel December contest

Ian Stehbens on January 24, 2009

Thanks for your visit, Isabel.

This is a simple image, and is a complete contrast with your photo of the spectacular "earth rotating on water" mall.


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