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Miena Cider Gums

I have spent a bit of time up at the Great Lake in Tasmania’s Central Highlands over past few weeks with the newly minted Highland Shutterbugs photography group. During my last visit we were granted access to one of the properties that contain the rare Miena Cider Gums, most of which sadly are now dead trees standing starkly on the landscape.

Miena Cider Gums at dusk in Tasmania's highlands

Miena Cider Gums at dusk in Tasmania’s highlands

The Cider Gum is so-named because apparently its rather sugary sap was able to be tapped and fermented and drank like cider by the original inhabitants of the region as well as the first European settlers. You can read a little more about the cider gums, including the work being done to preserve it, on the Tasmanian Land Conservancy website.

Miena Cider Gums at dusk in Tasmania's highlands

Miena Cider Gums at dusk in Tasmania’s highlands

 

Miena Cider Gums in Tasmania's highlands

Miena Cider Gums at dusk in Tasmania’s highlands

Another spot of interest in the area is the Steppes House where there is a short walk to the Steppes Sculptures which passes through nice eucalypt woodlands.

Steppes Homestead, Tasmanian highlands

Steppes Homestead, Tasmanian highlands

 

Steppes Homestead, Tasmanian highlands

Steppes Homestead, Tasmanian highlands

We are hoping for clear skies during my next visit as a night sky shoot over the Great Lake would be a sight to behold. Fingers crossed 🙂

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.