Today the tide is low, as I look from my kayak, directly at a massive root system.
Staunch and stoic, yet with pink, grey grace, and elegance as if sculptured from grey flecked marble, the roots are as much riverbank, as tree.
The Water Gum is many years old, two hundred plus, and there are three precious trees. The centre tree has been the focus of my drawings, from multiple angles as it has multiple parts.
The Water Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) is fascinating how it has adapted and indicates the height of the floodwaters here, up to 22 metres, as the tree is swooped over as the river flows. Parts of the tree have broken, reformed, renewed and intertwined as one central tree connected through this massive root system.
A lesson in endurance, adaption and transformation.