Another day of walking on the backroads of Northwest Tasmania, just enjoying the freedom and the little things.
January 2016 brought fire to Tasmania's Lake Mackenzie the surrounding Western Tiers, Mersey valley and February Plains. This weekend the area was officially opened to the pubic.
The scene was deeply saddening with groves of the endemic pencil pines (Athrotaxis cupressoides) burnt out and unlike to regenerate. But there is some hope, regeneration is beginning with the grass and ground cover species and some of the partially burn pencil may continue to grow on. The damage is wide spread but not total.
Anyone who follows this blog knows I have a rock obsession, as a photographic subject or an a academic subject, I have a love of rocks. I'm developing a new personal body of work, with an early title of : Rocks of Formation.
The rocks that have formed Tasmania as it is today, there are many rocks, all with there place in the structure and features of the landscape, but I'm starting with Basalt, the Bass basin which later became Bass Strait, formed as the crust extended ;basalts flowed out from fissures, not conical volcanoes. This basalt can be seen around northern and northwestern Tasmania, including at Don heads.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born