Australia's remarkable trees.
Carlton South: Melbourne University Press, 2010.
Quarto, paperback, 254 pp. colour photographs.
Elephantine boabs dot the Kimberley region of Western Australia; cattle rub against giant bottle trees and ironbarks in Queensland, and strangler figs with 40-metre girths thrive in our northern rainforests. Snow gums and shining gums eke out their lives on our icy mountain tops and prehistoric-looking bunya pines, which once looked down on the dinosaurs, grow in a few isolated places in Australia's north-east. This book explores the extraordinary lives of fifty of Australia's oldest, largest and most unusual trees. Richly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker went to the far reaches of Australia - travelling more than 60,000 kilometres - to photograph them and tell their stories. Also available in hardcover [stock id 30899].