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Heart Of The Alps

Snow Gum, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Looking more like a heart with arteries flowing from it, than a normal tree, this snow gum immediately got my attention. I had been camped out in Kosciuszko National Park with my wife and this morning had been nothing but consistent rain. The resultant wet bark on this tree really brought out the colours on this quintessential Australian alpine tree.

Snow gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora) dominate subalpine woodlands mountains of the southeastern Australian mainland at the altitudinal limit to tree growth. Forests and woodlands of Snow Gums can look quite uniform from a distance, but up close they have such character. These examples in the Kosciuszko National Park epitomise the unique beauty in many of the older snow gums that have survived bushfires devastating large swathes of snow gum habitat in recent years.

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