Cazneaux Tree, Wilpena, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia
On this morning, with the day still cool and the sun yet to rise, I stood before this giant red gum in awe. As dawn emerged the sky began to light up. With Wilpena Pound in the background, it was a perfect backdrop to capture this magnificent tree which survives despite the harsh realities of outback Australia.
This old majestic river red gum, best known as 'Cazneaux's Tree', is a much loved and famous tree near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. It came to fame in 1937 when Harold Cazneaux photographed it and called it "Spirit of Endurance" as testament to life in such a hard and unforgiving environment. His photo won international acclaim and since then the tree has been photographed and painted many times.