Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (NSW)

a survivor

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Australia’s bushland can be a harsh environment but it has its own beauty and strength. I came upon this gum in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park north of Sydney, Australia’s second oldest National Park. From the blackened, broken branches it was most likely hit by lightning and had its top burnt right off.

It would have been quite old when it caught fire but undaunted by the loss of its limbs the trunk has pushed forth new growth and it is now crowned with green leaves. It may be my imagination but I can definitely see an ‘old man’ face at the base of the trunk.