TWO TREES

This short story/history lesson relates to Bruny Island, located off the south eastern coast of Tasmania. This island is now a favourite tourist destination because of its unique natural beauty as well as being known for it’s diverse range of fresh food from both land and sea.

This story is significant, compelling and symbolic.

There is nothing significant about these two gum trees, except they witnessed the arrival of white men on this land. They did not protest but stored what they saw within their wood and it would still remain hidden today except for a painting of the trees made by a white man, one of the first white men to tread this land, the leading artist from H.M.S. Providence under the command of Captain Bligh which anchored off this point in 1792.

I have copied the script accompanying a photograph of the original painting so that it would be easier to read and give some authenticity to my story.

These trees were not standing tall, they were not significant in their beauty. What is significant is the history that these two trees have witnessed in the past, what they have endured through storm and tempest over the years, standing proud on a windswept coast, a witness to a significant period of Tasmania’s history. I thought at the time “if only we could tap this source of knowledge, how richer we would be”. I also found the experience of photographing the above scene profoundly emotional knowing that it had been painted over two hundred years ago and had changed little in that time, almost as if time had stood still.

The above scene is a photograph of the source of fresh water known as the “watering place” marked on the charts of Captain Tobias Furneaux,( Adventure 1773) and again on Captain James Cook’s charts (Resolution, 1777). It was also referred to as Resolution creek and Resolution River at different times.

At the beginning of this post I stated ” The story is significant, compelling and symbolic.” Readers will put their own interpretation on this statement, but to me it is significant, as it was the first time that white man had put foot on this island. The story may not be compelling to all readers but to those with an appetite for history it probably would be. It is a symbol of man’s need to discover new places, new species, in fact, anything new.

This is just another view of the same beach and shows just how clean and clear the water is, much the same as it was all those years ago.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Bruny Island, take it, you won’t regret it.

Jimmy Bee

SUNSET with a difference!

Clouds come floating into my life no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Photograph of the reverse of a sunset (East rather than West) at Cleveland, Qld. Australia

This photograph was taken of the eastern sky at sunset. I just happened to be on my balcony and I had my phone with me. Even though the light was low I could see the artistic value in the muted colours. It could almost pass for a water colour!….What do you think?

I was so intrigued with these colours, that I googled the following question….”Why does the opposite sky turn pastel during a vivid sunset?” and I found this answer …..

“It is caused when large particles in the lower atmosphere tend to mute and muddy the colours because they absorb more light and scatter all the wavelengths more or less equally, so you don’t get that dramatic filtering effect”

Where I live, we tend to get some beautiful pastel ‘eastern sunsets’ but this is the first time I have encountered something like this.

Jimmy Bee

TREES – forests

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

There’s something spooky about looking at ancient trees. One wonders what they have observed over their life span – what sort of animal or human species passed these same trees, say 500 years ago and if human, what did they experience?

Weindorfer Forest Walk, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

The Weindorfers Forest Walk

leaves from Waldheim chalet and takes an easy grade through a forest of King Billy pines, celery-top pines and myrtles. The walk takes about 20 minutes at a gentle pace. Take a little extra time and view the displays in the chalet to catch a brief look at the life of the Weindorfers. For more information: https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=34557

Weindorfer Chalet, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Weindörfer Chalet, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Tasmania, is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It is an ancient land with ancient trees and history galore. Like New Zealand, it is an artist and Photographer’s playground. It is awe! awe! awe! awesome! and to think this is all on a small island at the bottom of Australia and unlike Australia, you can see a lot in a week. My wife and I took an organised tour with Discover Australia – and it was well worth it, the driver/guides were full of interesting information and only too happy to divulge it. For further information open link http://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/

I’ll be writing more about Tasmania at a later date.

Cheers,

Jimmy Bee