When the morning light was gentle, and I was out boating along the River in Northern NSW I saw this beautiful Grey Mangrove Tree. Its gnarled age, elegance and grace struck me. It is found within the ‘Solitary Islands Marine Park’ Sanctuary Zone on the Sandon River, where the waters look pristine.
When I work in the field, I develop a kinship with a particular tree. Each visit is a learning of the subject. I embed these connections and experiences into the ‘tree portraits’ I make. These old trees are often 200 years old or more.
They are precious beings.
Trees give us many gifts. The Tree roots stabilise the riverbank and filter and clean water run-off. The canopy provides shade and food for habitat and for fish as well. The Trees cool the waters for us all to swim in. To top it off, they provide us with breathable air.
This tree is protected as habitat and what a joy and wonder to behold!