We both have particular trees which we love. The kind of tree that we are just aware of as we go past. That make us wonder what they are, when and how they grew, how they have survived. Trees with a certain magnificence. Trees we touch and hear.
These trees embody a past, a culture, a changing landscape and microclimate. They mark the passage of fire, or the coming of the track and plough, the rise of suburbs, the collapse of an ecosystem, the policies of government, the stubborness of a landowner, the defensive tangle of understory.
They tell us we are not important in their scheme of things, but we can easily do great harm, and good only with vigilance and patience.
They give us scale in place and time.
For us, this blog is a reason to take a camera, to consider landscape again, and step aside from the hurry of our lives. It is also a modest and informal Register of Significant Trees, since the official versions don't post the images on the internet.
We are committed to the value of botanical diversity in our managed landscape, and wish to celebrate the oak and the monkey-puzzle as much as the blue gum and the Eucalyptus regnans of our title.
We hope you will join us. Email your own favourites, add more information to existing entries, share your own experience. Send us useful links at trees[at]themeda[.]net
If we do it together, this could be a place that speaks of significant things.
(The image is a detail of the bark on a roadside paper-bark in Park St, St Kilda).