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Sunday, November 20, 2011

THE VALLEY OF THE GIANTS



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.

26 comments:

  1. Wonderful aged trees and Grandma Tingle with her gnarled and withered look is still beautiful. I'm so... looking forward to seeing the Margaret River area.

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  2. amazing trees, I love all trees and these have a LOT to love. beautiful and 400 years is incredible. thanks for the person to show the size of the tree.

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  3. Those trees are so huge and old. Amazing you walked again in the trees. If I only look at the see through bottom you walk on, my stomach starts to turn.

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  4. Did you feel a tingle looking at those trees?

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  5. I love that you felt like a Koala up a tree. It certainly was a long way down.

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  6. The forest walk must be facinating and your map is great. How did you do this?

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  7. amazing trees!! i love old and huge trees like those.

    wonderful shots of an amazing adventure! so glad you shared with us your beautiful photos:)


    hope your weekend is going well.

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  8. Not a walk I could do as I terrified of opened heights........lol

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  9. The tree walk in the sky looked like an amazing experience, Diane!

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  10. What an adventure...and what magnificent photos: all of them... and the the flowers...just great!!!
    Thank you for visiting...
    BShell

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  11. Hi Diane, I love these ginat trees. They remind me of the giant trees in California. The swinging bridge is my favorite. It would be cool to walk along the tree tops with the birds. Wonderful post and photos, have a great day!

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  12. I enjoyed learning about these trees and I would love walking among them. Very cool Diane, another great group of pictures.

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  13. Lovely trees...nice walking along there.

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  14. It is amazing to see the pics...yes the swing looks fun:) I love seeing the map of Australia...I am learning a bunch because of your blog!

    The trees are awesome

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  15. What a very interesting and beautiful trip ! everybody who had once been to Australia wants to go back !

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  16. Wow, that treetops walk really DOES look awesome! What a wonderful way to see the forest. I never heard of Tingle trees before...I love their name.

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  17. The Tingle trees remind me of our Redwood trees. So amazing! Wonderful photos. Wish we had walkways through the forests.

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  18. I really love this post and wish you'd been along when we recently drove through the California redwoods. You would have gotten great pictures (I did not). I had never heard of Tingle Trees. But the Redwoods have almost the same thing: We drove along "Avenue of the Giants".

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  19. Love the name "tingle" tree! I do think you Australians have cornered the market on great names. Every time I sit down and look at a map of Australia I end up repeating some of the names over and over, in awe. What fun walking through the forest a bird's eye level!

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  20. Standing beside something that's been living 400 years and is still around is mind boggling.
    Having seen other shots of the swinging bridge I had assumed it just crossed over. Here it goes and turns - what fun that would be!

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  21. Sorry Diane, that was me. I clicked too soon. :(

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  22. AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Too high for me - but I'd at least try!!

    Would love to see your RED pix - anything from WA will do as I haven't given it the Red Nomad OZ treatment yet! Email me a few if you like and we'll take it from there!

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  23. Those old trees are magnificent. As some others have already mentioned they are reminiscent of the Redwoods in Northern California which we love to visit. I love that bridge, it would be great fun to be up above those branches.

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  24. What an amazing walk that bridge must be.

    We should send you some of our rain, we only have a few days of sunshine then it comes back again. Its pitter patter on the roof again tonight.

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