I have just released 'Twisted beauty' to my online gallery store. It's a new photograph of Snow Gums I captured in the Australian alps during a four day hike in the Kosciusko National Park. On this fourth morning, from the time I woke in the tent we were greeted with persistent rain which continued all morning long as we walked to our next destination. Along the way, I couldn't escape the history and beauty of these trees, with their natural colours highlighted by the wet bark.
Snow gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora) are the quintessential alpine tree of the mountains of the southeastern Australian mainland. Forests and woodlands of Snow Gums can look quite uniform from a distance, but up close they have such character. These examples in the Kosciusko National Park epitomise the twisted beauty in many of the older snow gums that have survived bushfires devastating large swathes of snow gum habitat in recent years.