This is a guest post by Willie for the Notes from Africa Photoblog.
During December 2011 I went to Australia to attend a forestry conference. After spending a couple of days in Sydney, I flew to Canberra to start the pre-conference tour – essentially a road trip between Canberra and Melbourne, stopping off to look at forestry areas along the way. From Melbourne we flew up to Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, and travelled up to Mooloolaba where the actual conference was held.
Here are some random pictures from the road trip between Canberra and Melbourne. Our mission was to learn about various (indigenous) Eucalyptus species growing in dry to moist sites along the way. It was striking how similar the countryside in Australia is to the South African countryside. The major difference is that the Eucalypts in South Africa are of course very successful invaders species.
The Murray River snakes for an amazing distance through the Australian country side.
A bunch of foresters discussing “sex between trees”, commonly known as tree genetics.
Some distance from Melbourne, a lunch stop offers the opportunity to look at the countryside and to take some pictures.
Getting into the mountains north of Melbourne.
Strange to see some wattle (an Acacia species) in their natural environment.
Beautiful tree ferns, again indigenous – we have the exact same species growing in our garden.
In the Postcards from Australia series: