Karri forest Margaret River with coral vine and purple hovea wildflowers. This is the Boranup forest just south of Margaret River.
The first memories I have of visiting this place with a camera was in the late 1970s. I was a teenager with my first film camera. The landscape contains various elements of visual drama. Towering karri trees, limestone cliff faces, swales, and undulations. Below, a thick carpet of fallen bark and leaves hid numerous caves. From various vantage points, you have a view through the karri forest.
Above all else, I really enjoyed the atmosphere of peace I found here. Apart from the high tree
Unlike all other stands of karri forest, this is the most western extent of the karri. What makes it even more unusual is that it is growing on limestone soils. Its the presence of limestone which is responsible for the numerous caves within the Capes region. Karri forest normally grows on dark rich
I have published Karri forest Margaret River in magazines, calendars and in my Leeuwin Naturaliste postcard series where it has remained popular for over 20 years.
Loving it to death?
Sadly perhaps, Boranup forest is now, much busier. Cars frequently pull into the parking area off Caves Road. Viewing platforms and walk paths have been installed. Where there was once the beautiful clean trunks of karri, there is now graffiti scars across every tree. How can you reconcile being humble and receptive in the presence of such wonder, and then engage in a destructive activity?
Karri forest Margaret River is available as a limited edition 16×20 inch photograph and larger.
This image was made with a 6×4.5cm format Bronica ETRS camera using Velvia ISO 50 film and a 40mm Bronica lens.