Beautiful old trees

greysrigging

Well-Known Member
#9
There is a Tree of Significance ( National Trust ) in the Post Office carpark in Darwin City. It is a Boab Tree planted in the 1890's on the site of the then Darwin Primary School. Boabs are not native to the Top End, but they do very well in our climate. They start appearing in the bush west of Katherine at about the Victoria River and are common from there all the way to the coast at Broome. The young trees are quite attractive and fast growing before slowing up a bit with age. There is an old specimen growing in Cossack ( near Roebourne WA ) that was planted in the early 20th century. Notable in as much it is a long way south of its natural habitat.
1952
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As is today
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sharkcaver

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#11
Boabs are not native to the Top End, but they do very well in our climate.
There is some conjecture they actually started here and migrated elsewhere. The jury is still out:

"There were some fossil pollen of related groups found in Antarctica, only a few years ago, which just raises the possibility that the group may have started in Australia and migrated westward to Africa and Madagascar."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-07/boabs-come-africa-baobabs-evolution/10060946
 

BIGCOL

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#12
I have visited Moulamein on a number of occasions but previously wasn’t aware of this tree which can be found not far off the main drag near the centre of town. It is said to be the biggest River Red Gum in the state, maybe even Australia and is thought to be approx. 1000 years old. If you look closely at the first pic you can see a lump that resembles a hat!!



All of the base of the tree beyond the tree's trunk is a massive root ball.



Col.
 

BIGCOL

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#13
Now I'm going to tell you guy's something, I'm not sure you will thinks it's a bit weird but when I walk past a lovely old tree or visit ones like the one above, I give them a pat. A sort of well done old timer, I like or appreciate you.
I see beauty and get a feeling of scale and my place in the big scheme of things, it makes me understand life and my position in it a bit more.

Col.

PS, May be getting a bit soft in my old days, but it feels good letting you all know that.
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#14
Now I'm going to tell you guy's something, I'm not sure you will thinks it's a bit weird but when I walk past a lovely old tree or visit ones like the one above, I give them a pat. A sort of well done old timer, I like or appreciate you.
I see beauty and get a feeling of scale and my place in the big scheme of things, it makes me understand life and my position in it a bit more.

Col.

PS, May be getting a bit soft in my old days, but it feels good letting you all know that.
Funny you say that, I always give them a pat or stoke as well but never thought anything of it, almost a natural reflex
 
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