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Styx Valley World Heritage Area

Styx Valley World Heritage Area

Sunday August 21, 2016

A welcome addition to the Styx Valley World Heritage area is this new sign!

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Welcome to the Styx Valley World Heritage Area!

For years the valley has been the scene of bitter disputes between the forest industry and conservationists. Now, the North Styx and two Big Tree reserves in the valley of the giants are officially part of the World Heritage Area.

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Looking west out of the valley – logging continues in parts of the valley that have not been set aside for conservation.

On another note, here are some macro shots from the Big Tree Reserve, in particular a striking white fungi which I have photographed twice in the last week. Really interesting to see it change shape over a few days.

White fungi, Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

White fungi, Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

White fungi, Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

White fungi, Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

White fungi, Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve

The same white fungi a few days later, interesting to see the cap starting to pull apart and spread upwards.

The main access road from Maydena was closed for the past few months but has now re-opened. If you haven’t been in before now is a good time. There are still a few little fungi around, but in a sign that the seasons are once again changing, the new-growth spring fern shoots are starting to appear, as are the flowers of the Sassafras tree.

New fern frond, Styx Valley Tasmania

New fern frond, Styx Valley

My Mt Field and Styx Valley tour runs on demand for at least 2 people. Spend the morning shooting the well known waterfalls at Mt Field before spending a quiet afternoon in the secluded Styx Valley. Contact me to register interest :)

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