Wattie tree Lefroy Brook Pemberton

Graceful Wattie tree arches over winter rapids, Lefroy Brook near Pemberton. Photographic print available.

Wattie tree Lefroy Brook reveals some of the visual complexity of karri forest understorey. Lefroy Brook meanders through spectacular karri forest following parts of the Bibbulmun Track. Lefroy Brook serves as Pemberton’s water supply, as well as trout fishing and marron farming..

While the surrounding karri forest forms strong straight lines, it was the Wattie trees curves which caught my eye. I could not ignore its graceful gestures as it reached out above the winter rapids of Lefroy Brook.

This tree is known under several names such as native cedar, juniper myrtle, wattie, Agonis juniperina and Warren River cedar. The name Warren River cedar alludes to one of its habitats. It grows in karri forest understorey along the Warren River near Pemberton. Although it looks similar in parts to a peppermint tree and Agonis species it is now classified being of Taxandria genus. Also, interesting to me, is that the Indigenous People know the tree as the wattie.

I have published this image in my Pemberton Wine Region Western Australia book and in my Southern Forests postcard series.

Lefroy Brook passes through the Gloucester National Park near Pemberton in the southern forests of Western Australia.

Wattie tree Lefroy Brook is available as a 16×20 inch photograph and larger.

This image was made within the Gloucester National Park, using a 90mm lens using Zone VI wooden field camera and Velvia 4×5 film.

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Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.

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