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Pictorial look at the Eloura Bushland!



 


The bushland is a whole world for some

creatures.  In fact it is a whole subculture

of life supporting insects, birds and animals.

 

This Sulphur Crested White Cockatoo will

use a hollow in a tree as its nest.  It may

come back to the same nest year after year.

 

This Cockatoo is looking to make a new nest

for his mate.  He can be seen here listening

for any signs of life before he takes it over.

 

He will eventually chew away the edges of the

hole until it is big enough for him and his mate

to enter easily.

About Australian Trees

 

Australia's trees are adapted to harsh conditions - they have learned to survive heat and drought, fire and flood, to endure nutrient-poor soils in their native environment. It is actually these characteristics which have brought them to prominence in the search for species that can help meet the wood needs of resource-poor people in developing countries.

Isolation and a harsh environment have resulted in a unique Australian flora. Over the immensity of the land there are many varieties of habitat, including tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, sclerophyllous forests (Schlerophylls are plants which have adapted leathery, hard or spiny leaves) and woodlands (wet and dry), mulga scrub, savanna and steppe, alpine grasslands, and deserts.

In all these areas except the rainforests the omnipresent tree is the eucalypt. With over 500 species it is the most common tree in the country. Its species dominate the forests and woodlands of the better watered regions of Australia, while vast areas of the drier country, particularly to the south, are covered by eucalypt mallee scrubs.

Another major species in the Australian landscape is the acacia or wattle tree. There are over 600 species in Australia. In the drier woodlands and semi arid areas wattles are co-dominant with the eucalypts.

Some Australian trees and plants (for example banksias) produce hard woody fruits and seeds, which not only survive fire but require fire to germinate. Fire also burns back undergrowth. Some species’ seeds are adapted to germinate only in the presence of those nutrients available after a fire’s burning. The presence of eucalypts can also dramatically affect the way a fire burns. The volatile oils in eucalyptus leaves rise above the vegetation in advance of a fire front, and can literally explode, ahead of man-made and natural fire breaks.

The ancient soils which are characteristic of Australia are nutrient-deficient after millennia of leaching without renewal from volcanic activity. In some parts of desert Australia the lack of vegetation is an effect of poor soils rather than lack of rainfall. Salt is also becoming a problem over large areas of land as human use of available water lowers the water table. This further reduces the ability of the soil to provide sustenance for seeds.

         

         

         

         

         

         

These photos show some of the diversity of Trees in the Eloura Bushland that you could see

 

 

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A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?

 

Ernst Haas

Photographer (1921-1986)

 


   

    More Photos of Eloura Bushland

 

    Eloura Page 1 (General)

    Eloura Page 2 (Fungi)

    Eloura Page 3 (Wildflowers)

    Eloura Page 4 (Trees)

    Eloura Page 5 (Birds)

    Eloura Page 6 (Insects)


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More Photos depicting trees

in the Eloura Bushland

 

 

Yellow seedpods prepare to spread their seeds into the forest below or wait for birds to come and eat them, carrying them to another place.

 

 

Tree Ferns, whilst not actually a tree are prolific in the Eloura Bushland

 

 

Old trees provide perfect homes for the animals of the forest from possums to bandicoots.  This is a possums hole in an old hollow tree.