I am taking you back on tour in Western Australia. We were leaving Albany for Margaret River. On the way we stopped at The Valley of the Giants. Which is the name given to the forest where the giant Tingle Trees grow.
The irregular bulges on some of the Tingle trees are called burls. They are caused by insect or bacterial attack. This makes the tree form a protective growth around the wound.
The tree on the left is called, "Grandma Tingle" because the burls and gnarled bark gives the tree a face with a grandmotherly character.
She is watching over the forest observing all those who enter.
She is 12 m in circumference and about 400 years old.
Tingle Trees are the biggest Eucalyptus buttress root trees in the world.
Regular readers will know that we enjoy swinging through the trees. This tree walk was one of the highest and longest we have been on.
It was awesome.
It was a long way down
It was like being a koala sitting in the branches on top of the forest.
Of course there were pretty wild flowers there as well.