Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Native Among the Immigrants


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Only in a colonial land can you see an admixture like this: a wild Australian kangaroo in a landscape of pine trees, therefore a 'tree farm' for the timber industry. These pines may be native to Australia (there are some in the far south) but they are not native to the Adelaide hills, and create a very north-temperate feel to what was a scrub-forest landscape until the coming of Europeans early in the 19th century. I snapped this shot through a car window on a graded track at the Mount Crawford Forest in May, 2008. The roos are not domesticated but they are certainly human-habituated, and will come quite close to the campgrounds. This is a high-telephoto framing, and it has been colour- and sharpness-adjusted. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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