TG #47

TG 47 : Patagonian Beeches. Giant’s Graveyard. A Humbling Beauty. Wanderer Monarchs.


Yes, it has been a while, but it’s been a good summer busy with good projects. We’ve been especially delighted to see the good press and progress from the Tasmanian chapter of The Tree Projects – have a look and you can see an ultra-high resolution image of one of the world’s largest flowering plants.

Here enclosed please find a quartet of remarkable pieces from four remarkable contributors – all of them friends whose manuscripts have been sitting awaiting attention for several months now.

From the southernmost to the northernmost:

We venture into the dagger-peaks and snowfields of Southern Chile with Cara McGary on a quest for the Patagonian Antarctic Beech tree. These are some of the southernmost trees in the world, and exist in some of the most jaw-dropping wilderness scenery on the planet.

Dan Broun treks off into the wilds of the Southwest into perhaps the most jagged of Tasmania’s quartzite mountains: the Eastern half of the Arthur Range. He brings back a selection of stunning photographs that will, of course, make you look longingly at your bushwalking shoes.

A bit north, in the “Hydro Lake”, we paddle out with solo-kayak-surf-legend-docco-filmmaker Mick Lawrence and have an eerie look at the dead trees in the flooded lands. Last I heard, Mick was out in the wilds of Bathurst Harbour in the farthest Southwest, so perhaps we’ll soon see some footage of that distant land.

And, the well-known natural history writer Don Knowler shares a personal memory of an urban naturalist friend, and describes how a wandering animal reminded him of a suddenly.

We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed compiling them!


All the best,

The Editor