TG #50

TG  #50:  The White Knights + Spherical Lenses + Western Travels + In Our Nature: Antarctica + Saltmarshes + GIANT TREES


Yes, it has been some time, but I’m delighted to have made it to special Issue #50 with you. Fifty is just a number, of course, but a number can be a landmark as well. There’s been a fantastic range of content in our more than two hundred articles, and it really is a pleasure to learn so much in the process of editing Tasmanian Geographic.

For Issue #100, we’ll throw a party, so do keep on traveling with us!

Now what has happened? We’v been hard at work towards the impending launch of Giant Tree Expeditions, which will be Tasmania’s first giant-tree specialist tourism service. We’ll be running boutique daytrip excursions to see the largest and tallest flowering forests on Earth, and do come join us for your own Expedition. We’ll be starting mid November. You can learn all about it and book trips at the website at Of course, the best compliment you could give would be to tell a friend about Tasmania’s Giant Trees, or even better, team up with them for a tour!

In honour of the auspicious number #50, this is our biggest issue yet.

What awaits you?

We reconnect with botanist David Tng and learn about his appreciation of the White Knights, the most spectacular white peppermint trees remaining on the island. Some of the tallest and most impressive trees anywhere, this grove of trees in northeastern Tasmania is unlike any other, and well worth a visit.

Alistair Luckman contributes his first photo feature to TG with a collection of five glass spherical lens images. While photospheres, panoramas, and fisheye lenses are something relatively familiar to TG, here Alistair introduces us to a new technique that is a combination of all of them at the same time.

Robert from HuntVA shares a travel documentary – the long-awaited second half to “Travels in Tasmania”. It brings us over to the mountains and to  the West of the island, introducing, or re introducing, us to some of the island’s most beloved destinations.

Cara McGary from In-Our-Nature shows us the wildlife and ice-sculptures of Antarctica from her stay there as a field support offices, and yet again it amazing just how wild and impressive the far Southern Land is.  Enjoy!

We present a much-anticipated first contribution from Vishnu Prahalad from Living Wetlands  and the University of Tasmania – a beautiful poster about the island’s saltmarshes that we’ve reconfigured into a graphical intro to lifeforms and processes.

Finally, you are amongst the first to see some of our outreach material on Tasmania’s Giant Trees –  an intro on where to see them and why they are important. In addition to a photo gallery placing them in global context, and a height chart showing famous building from around the world, this article contains a map to the handful of easily visitable giant Eucalyptus trees in Tasmania. These were composed with the help of the Geeveston Town Hall – do pay them a visit if you find yourself in the Far South and you can learn more about these superlative forests.


All the best,

The Editor

PS We’ve just been told about wonderful book project by artist and mountaineer Kim Ladiges that could use some support. It’s called Zeph and the Yeti. The paintings are gorgeous and will bring you on an adventure high in the snowy mountains. Check it out n Pozible.