Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Greater Blue Mountains ecology

There is so much to see here. It's been a big toss up over the last week... Get outdoors and see more or spend some time in the studio putting ideas into work. I've been reading a lot too; the history of early explorers, their descriptions of terrain encountered gives a much more realistic interpretation of the wilderness in this region. Driving along bitumen roadways can give a false sense of the landscape being conquered.
I came across the Australian Governments' submission to Unesco for World Heritage listing of the Greater Blue Mountains area, it's very informative and fascinating reading. (when I return home I'll go back over these posts and insert all the hyperlinks that I haven't mastered yet with the app).
Eucalypt diversity is one of the main reasons for the area being listed, with forests creating dynamic ecologies, high diversity of understory species, along with associated heathlands. The Greater Blue Mountains area is the world's single best example of this existing in a region that is still largely wilderness.
Moths get a mention too - "Many of the thousands of moth species in the region use eucalypts during their life cycle. Their interactions with the flora of the region are little explored, but are likely to be of considerable scientific significance."
The moth pictured was on an outside wall of the studio this week, a giant to me at 12cm across the wing tips, what a beauty... So much still to learn about the interrelations of life.
Wild flowers are moving into pod now...equally beautiful I think.

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