7 thoughts on “Another blasted tree. Jindabyne, NSW, Australia”

  1. Seriously. These trees are beyond nature in some way. Do they exist next to trees that are alive in any recognizable way? I am just wondering if the landscape holds out any hope for tree life. Did there used to be more but they are slowly dwindling to nothing? Is there a link where I could try to understand this landscape?

  2. Nat

    No need to say sorry. Glad to hear you’re OK. I thought you might’ve been affected by the bad weather in your state (yes I know you live in Dallas but who knows where you’ve got family etc). Now that I know that you can actually leave your geriatric dogs for something as unimportant as a good friend’s wedding or to hang with some Canuks, my wife and I expect a visit at some stage.

    Pat

    These trees grow at an altitude of about 3000ft (about 1000m) in an area (the Monaro Plain) that is in a rain shadow and that is littered with granite boulders left over from an ancient glacier. It’s very, very old ground.

    Most of the blasted trees are on hill tops where they catch all the high winds and lightening. Gum trees are so hardy it’s easy to see why they are considered to be a pest in countries like India where they have run wild in what would be for such trees, ideal conditions.

    Here’s a link with a bit more information about the geology.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaro,_New_South_Wales

    This link tells a little about some of the gums that are found in the Snowy Mountains.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_pauciflora

    This link is about the Snowy Mountains
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_mountains

  3. I looked at all the links. Thanks for posting them. I thought the tree’s color was from a lack of bark but I learned that light grey is the bark! Good to know. I have no idea why.

  4. Ah Razz, I had to put my little dog to sleep two weeks ago. He could not find his water anymore and truthfully it just had become exhausting to assist him constantly (up 3 to 10 times a night can be taxing.)It was not an easy decision.
    The other dog, while 15, is still bringing me big dead stuff, so he’s all right!

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