NATURAL IMPRINTS

CRESWICK FORESTRY

Creswick Forestry is rich in Colonial history. Dating back to the mid 1800's

John La Gerche was a self taught Forester who's hand written manuscripts would later become a model for forest management. He planted over 100,000 trees of various species both native and non native. Creswick Forest is a rich tapestry of Nature walks, Working pine plantation and Learning Centre.

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South Island

European settlement has brought with it a diverse range of introduced species, both Flora and Fauna have dramatically change the landscape we see today while travelling this globe. A main component I have found is the Introduction of the Conifer. because of their fast growth and strong fibres, they have become a staple for settlement. Unfortunately because of there reproductive qualities, they are becoming increasingly threatening to the native habitats of all species. 

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Whian Whian

North West of Byron Bay are a plethora of National Parks and State conservatories.

Back in the early to mid 19th Century the area was being heavily logged. A group of conscious individuals chained themselves to the machinery and blockaded the loggers efforts to destroy this beautiful country. an appeal was won and the land was declared national land. The state Government has since returned the lands titles to the indigenous owners the ( Wi-abul/Widjabul) to be the custodians of the land.

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GREAT OTWAYS

South West of Melbourne and one and a half hours north west of Lorne is the rural region of the Beech Forest, surrounded by plantation pines, Giant Sequoias and Mountain Ash this region is rich in landscape.  Feeling like a lost world I came across this ravaged part of the land, looking like a scene out of a WW2 documentary I marched through Knee deep mud and uprooted earth, I came across this magnificent and spectacular tree, what a life this tree must have lead. Its growth rings and outline resonated with me and I knew I had found the one. 

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CRESWICK FORESTRY

The township of Creswick north west of Melbourne is where I spent my time learning my techniques and process, out here are numerous trees planted for commercial use and as a training ground for forestry practices.

Creswick Forestry is rich in Colonial history. Dating back to the mid 1800's

John La Gerche was a self taught Forester who's hand written manuscripts would later become a model for forest management. He planted over 100,000 trees of various species both native and non native. Creswick Forest is a rich tapestry of Nature walks, Working pine plantation and Learning Centre.

I revisited the forest a few years later, while I was there I visited a tree I had worked on, to my sadness she had deteriorated to an unrecognisable state. This was a reality that I had not had to face before, it was humbling and gave me a sense of purpose and dedication to my work.

Looking over these tall giants I noticed a number of them had come down over the years, while these beautiful trees have stood here for many years, heavy water logging and wash out water has loosened many of their footings, bringing them down with ease.

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WHIAN WHIAN

North West of Byron Bay are a plethora of National Parks and State conservatories.

Back in the early to mid 19th Century the area was being heavily logged. A group of conscious individuals chained themselves to the machinery and blockaded the loggers efforts to destroy this beautiful country. an appeal was won and the land was declared national land. The state Government has since returned the lands titles to the indigenous owners the ( Wi-abul/Widjabul) to be the custodians of the land.

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NEW ZEALAND

European settlement has brought with it a diverse range of introduced species, both Flora and Fauna have dramatically change the landscape we see today while travelling this globe. A main component I have found is the Introduction of the Conifer. Because of their fast growth and strong fibres, they have become a staple for settlement. Unfortunately because of there reproductive qualities, they are becoming increasingly threatening to the native habitats of all species. 

 Chiba Prefecture / Japan

Visiting Japan has been some of the greatest memories of my life, if you have been before I am sure some of this will resonate with you.

I was taken aback by the cleanliness of their major cities, the personal responsibility, respect for others, dedication to what they are doing at any particular time, I noticed more and more that everything is somehow curated and done with intention. I admire and strive to have this applied to myself and my life.

My craft is ever evolving or refining, there are lessons to be learned with everything that we do. I really do believe intention to be the defining factor that has some of the greatest impact.

Searching a foreign country for fallen trees was overwhelming, The self doubt, fear of missing out because I couldn’t find any played on my mind and realistically blocked me from finding what I was seeking.

We were fourteen days into our trip and a certain fear was creeping in, there are certain cues that show me where potential areas are good for seeking, with all signage in Japanese these cues were harder and harder to find.

Letting go of my worries and stripping it all back to genuine intuition allowed me to find this beauty. On a remote road in the country side of Chiba I came across this clearing, we were searching all sides of this mountain and on the last road came across this area which I had to search.

I love the stillness of nature, even with this ravaged land, there was a quiet peaceful tone, no distractions, no buzzing, no lights, just this.

This is what draws me to the forest, I think this is what we all feel when we take ourselves out for a hike or a walk, just time away from what we call life, capturing this feeling is something I try to offer with my pressings, that time to reflect, defrag bring a calmness to yourself while viewing and engaging with the pattern of the trees life.

Every situation is different, What I love most is the unique life each tree has lived, this one was found on the side or a mountain, its peculiar shape is the result of roots, holding on to keep the tress upright, reaching for sunlight, life. The contours show its topography, its cambium near the edge growing tighter together protecting the heart centre and flowing nutrients between the roots and the tips of the leaves. A trees life is quite extraordinary when you take the time to see how it lives,

Observation is everything

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