|Snow Gums, Kosciuszko National Park.|
Growing seasons up here are short and harsh, and the brutal conditions of their youth
inevitably show in their gnarled later years.
|Up at the tree line in Kosciuszko (here at 1800-1900 metres) the Snow Gums are|
more stunted and permanently wind-bent.
|Winter Snow Gum, Namadgi National Park.|
These lower altitude trees are associated with frost hollows; less cold-tolerant trees grow above them, logically but counter-intuitively. The Canberra airport was built in a Snow Gum-encircled frost hollow, hence it is often closed in winter by heavy fogs, as any ecologist could have told them!
|Ten years later. Views through the regenerating Snow Gums, from the ridge line |
of Namadgi National Park, above Canberra.