One of the most amazing things about New England National Park was the trees. Of course, the highlight of the show was the Antarctic beech, Nothofagus moorei. Somewhere in the order of 100 million years ago, Australia, South America and Antarctica were joined in a supercontinent known as Gondwana. The climate was wet and temperate - perfect conditions for Nothofagus. At the time, Nothofagus were common, much more common than they are today. As Australia separated out from Antarctica and started to drift northward, it started to dry up and temperatures increased. Deserts started forming across central Australia becuase there was so little moisture. The Nothofagus, which needed moist and cool conditions, was gradually replaced by more arid plants like Eucalyptus and Acacia. Now, they are restricted to a few spots in the mountains along the east coast, relics of a time which was cooler and wetter.Read More
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I've been really fascinated with trees lately, and with the autumn rolling around in Canberra, no better time to explore such a theme. In fact, I've been loving the immediacy and convenience of iPhones in photographing these trees. I'm also reasonably impressed with the quality. OK sure, the quality at the pixel level isn't great, but it is far easier than lugging around a big DLSR and the results are still worth it. These images were taken on my way to the shops (above) and during a break at work (below), times when I usually don't have my 'proper' camera with me.
These images were first posted on my Instagram account (tobiashayashi_photography) with the #mobilemasterpieces, a hashtag I use for my good images that just happen to be taken on a phone camera.