#backinthe80s

Sun shining in the Tasmanian bush shot on Hasselblad 500cm by Jade Austen

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved being out in the bush. It was our backyard in Reedy Marsh when I was younger. I remember finding fallen trees full of dried bush honeycomb and my brother and I pretending we were explorers, discovering our surroundings for the first time. I remember bringing back a sick […]

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PANDANI | Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Pandani with raindrops by Jade Austen Tasmania

The world’s tallest heath plant, Pandani (Richea pandanifolia) is endemic to Tasmania and can grow up to 12 metres in height. I always love coming across these guys, for when you see them you know you’re in a pretty special place. Cradle Mountain | Kodak ColorPlus | Nikon F2 | Dev/scan | Ikigai Camera.

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FAGUS | Cradle Mountain

Fagus at Cradle Mountain on black and white Ilford HP5 film.

Also known as Tanglefoot owing to its twisted ground-hugging branches, Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) is Tasmania’s only deciduous native. People flock to the Tasmanian Highlands during April and May for the ‘turning of the fagus’, as the tiny crimped beech leaves turn from green to yellow to flame red, and finally fall to the ground. […]

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Japanese Heartnut and spring sky on Portra 400 film

Took a visit to the Tasmanian Arboretum in Eugenana the other day. Saw part of the collection of 4,800 living trees from seven geographic locations around the world. It was a beautiful day weather wise and I spent a good part of my time head to the ground watching for snakes. I happened to look […]

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SASSAFRAS

Sassafras leaves on tri-x black and white film

Years ago the cinnamon-scented bark of the Blackheart Sassafras was used to brew an alcohol-free ale named Tanglefoot, which is said to have induced vivid dreams and ‘drunkenness’ among West Coast pub goers who indulged in its aniseedy goodness. Sassafras leaves | Liffey | Tasmania | Tri-X

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COPPER COVE

Tide coming in at Copper Cove, taken on Kodak Ektar

Milk maids. Big-head rabbit-tobacco. Pink lady fingers. Twining fringe-lily. Scented paperbark. Love creeper. Pig face. Leopard orchid… …these are some of the plants we encountered on this day, on our walk over Little Badger Head to Copper Cove. Copper Cove | Narawntapu | Kodak Ektar 100

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