23 October 2006
In Western Australia's southwestern corner there are some big trees that occur nowhere else — that are 'endemic' to this place. These include Jarrah, Karri, Marri, and Tingle. Their distribution varies with rainfall. The Tingle is a eucalypt found in an especially small area, around Walpole and Nornalup. There is a important stand of old Tingle forest in the 'Valley of the Giants' a few kilometres east of Nornalup.
Here, CALM (the WA Department of Conservation and Land Management) has erected a substantial walkway that allows visitors to walk up into the canopy, 40 metres above the ground, providing a remarkable (and popular) experience and saving the ground from trampling, avoiding compaction and further infestation with Phytophthera Cinamomae — the fungal cause of 'die-back' in many of the southern forests.
The trees are magnificent; so also is the walkway. Under a safety helmet down there (next picture below) you can see someone carrying out a six-monthly safety inspection of one of the (protective rust coated) specialty steel poles supporting the walkway.
You see the scale of things!
It was good to be there on a quiet day.
especially when looking down
You will see the natural buttressing of the base of the Tingle Trees
— this first picture taken from high up
These following pictures taken from the adjoining "Valley of the Ancients"
and then we went off to lunch down the road!