Gallangowan - Kandanga Road from Gallangowan Fire Tower, Jimna, Q

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Comments (15)

gezginruh on July 12, 2009

I hope this fire tower is never bear witness to the fire.

Lovely Greetings, Füsun

Ian Stehbens on July 12, 2009

Dear Füsun,

I love these forests, as they formed the background to my childhood, and formed in me a love of beauty and appreciation of ecological systems. I trust that they are always protected and that the adjacent areas of natural forests are also maintained carefully.


rlzzza on July 13, 2009

...agree with Paul, thank you for this take. Wish that you will always be in good health to capture many more wonderful shots for all of us..

Regards, Raz

trongreta on July 13, 2009

Fantastic forests!!! Beautiful perspective.

Greetings from Spain,


Ian Stehbens on July 13, 2009

Paul, Raz, Silvia

Thanks, Paul. To compose the photo I was using an adjustable telephoto lens, but I am not sure now what focal length I used. For this reason it seems that I was not very high above the trees, but I assure you I was way above the mature tree tops. This planting of young hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) is about 10 years old - the trees reaching a mature size after 40 years. They are a pioneer species on sloping areas in rain forest areas, and in maturity their crowns are emergent above the forest canopy. Here they are part of a plantation that will be progressively thinned. The climate here is probably akin to that of South Carolina...which I indicate so that you may interpret the fire hazard and management regime, Paul.

And yes Raz, I am in good health and don't mind a challenge so climbing a tower is a natural thing to do, especially as I spent my childhood in these forests and in the sawmills, so it seems that these are 'my' forests.

It is nice to meet you through Panoramio, Silvia. You already have some special images in your gallery. I appreciate your comment and your greeting.

Warmest regards from Tonga,


EVA_L on July 14, 2009

Splendid place, dear Yan!


Ian Stehbens on July 16, 2009

One day, dear Eva, you must come and I will be your guide in this wide open land of ranges and forests, bush and beaches, wide magnificence and intimate glades in glorious sunshine.


ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on July 24, 2009

Very well-composed photo, Ian! The road runs diagonally. So are the hoop pines foreign plants introduced in Queensland?

Greetings from Thailand ~ w☺rap☺ng

Ian Stehbens on July 27, 2009

Hi w☺rap☺ng,

It is great to have a friend join the network from Thailand. I look forward to more contact with you. Thanks for the comment on this image. As for the Hoop Pine, they are natives and particularly to this area of South East Queensland. Hoop Pine (Aruacaria cunninghamii) are a native softwood, which grow well on the slopes and ranges of coastal Queensland. In the rainforest areas they are "pioneer species" inhabiting the area first and then continuing to grow tall above the following species until they are emergent above the rainforest canopy. They are cultivated here as part of plantation forestry. By being planted close together it ensures that they grow straight and taller, with almost no competition. As they grow, the plantation will be progressively thinned to allow the trees to feed and mature.

This young plantation hasn't been thinned yet, but you will see that the lower whorls of branches have been pruned.

I admit they are one of my favourite trees!

Warm greetings from Tonga (where I will be for the next few months)


ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on July 27, 2009

Thank you very much for your time typing long explanation, Ian. Very informative.

I am very crazy about pine trees but the climate in my country, except in very high elevation in Northern Thailand, is not suitable for growing pine in general. I am pretty much excited about pictures of pine forests from around the world. I am glad you love pine trees too!!

Best wishes to Australia and Tonga ~ w☺rap☺ng

Ian Stehbens on July 27, 2009

Thanks for your response and greetings w☺rap☺ng. If you have such an interest in pine trees, perhaps you will enjoy using my "Araucaria" tag. The two dominant species of Araucaria in SE Queensland are Hoop Pine and Bunya Pine. The Bunya is more frost tolerant than the Hoop Pine so is found in lower areas as well as in higher altitude areas. The bunya was a very significant food tree for indigenous Australians traditionally, and it was the centre of important regional gatherings, and thus all the social ceremonies, and legal agendas that went with that.

Thanks and best wishes,


Argenna on July 31, 2009

Nice photo, I like it.

Greetings , Argenna.

Ian Stehbens on August 2, 2009

Greetings from the South Pacific, Argenna. I am in Tonga at the moment. Thanks for your encouraging comment.


bdeh on December 26, 2009

Great shot Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 26, 2009

Thanks. It is quite special to be able to take you into these forests around my childhood home, Berend.

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