At the entrance of Sacred Canyon in the Flinders Ranges of
South Australia, sentinels of great age have grown faces to
protect this important dryland waterhole. The wonderful Roz
gives scale to the enormous feet of this Eucalyptus camaldulensis
with its roots dug deep into the earth to a depth of 60' and more.
a limb of a tree.
Another face, old and wrinkled like a fearful soldier of Mordor.
Feet of great age need cooling . . . the common name of this
Eucalyptus is river red gum, because it grows in and along
watercourses and has the most beautiful red, termite proof
timber extensively used for railway sleepers that are still
intact when being replaced by concrete ones after lasting
more than 100 years.
back at this point. They looked threatening and protective
of this Aboriginal water hole.
All being well, next week I'll show the canyon itself. It was a
truly magical place.
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