Archive for Jill and Ted go Down Under

The fabulous Blue Mountains, New South Wales

A short video of the tree clad slopes and tops of the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney, Australia.



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The Phoenix Tree of Myrtleford, Alpine Shire.

The second of the fascinating trees of this small town in Victoria, Australia. This is a sculpture made out of a tree stump and root. And while we were filming a local resident Des O’Connell appeared who knew the artist and worked with him as he ‘brought to life figures in the wood’. Sorry about the traffic noise in the background – but the silver lining is that this sculpture is seen by many people everyday as they drive past. It’s what caught our eye and then led us to the ‘Big Tree’.



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The challenge of the black scrub

What drove the loggers on in Australia in far off days? It was of course the competition to be the first to find the biggest and most magnificent of the trees and of those the red cedars were prized and perhaps some of the most difficult to find. In temperate rain forest its so difficult to see more than a few metres so early loggers would have had to search nearly all the steep and challenging terrain to find the best trees and fight their way through the most challenging vegetation including – lawyers curse – Jill will leave you to think why a prickly plant with long tendrils covered in tiny fierce backward pointing spines that can rip your clothes to shreds is called that!


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A giant red cedar in old growth temperate rain forest of New South Wales

Take a look at this remnant red cedar saved from logging by chance and now protected in Washpool National Park.


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Fire! To conservation burn or not to burn

Is there a way that conservation burns can take place without the loss of so much decaying wood habitat? Could large pieces be covered or sprayed with water to stop them catching alight – as this tree has done, so this valuable habitat is not damaged in the process.


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A first encounter with termites

Jill has led a sheltered existence and has never bumped into a termites mound before. Most termites in Australia are entirely beneficial and are the main recyclers of decaying woody material – what would Australia do without them!


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Scribbly gums!

What an evocative name for a tree or group of trees and can’t you just see why they get this name! For the insect lovers out there – this is just the sort of name that we should give trees to link wildlife and the tree together.


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