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takayna / the Tarkine rainforest Tasmania

Rainforests of takayna

“What is my favourite place to photograph in Tasmania” is the one question I always struggle to answer. It sounds cliched I know but there are so many great spots all over Tasmania! I have always been a fan of the beautiful greenery of the Tasmanian rainforest and takayna (the Tarkine) is certainly one area that is on the short list. Basically all the destinations I run tours to are on that same list!

Rainforest stream, takayna / Tarkine

Rainforest stream, takayna / Tarkine

The rainforests of takayna and indeed all over Tasmania are very special. Usually dominated by myrtle beech (Nothofagus cuninghamii) with guest appearances – depending on your location – by the other rainforest trees such as sassafras, leatherwood, celery top pine, horizontal and giant tree ferns.

Myrtle rainforest in the Tarkine

Myrtle rainforest in the Tarkine

 

Tiny blue mushrooms (Mycena interrupta) in the forest

Tiny blue mushrooms (Mycena interrupta) in the forest

I visit these forests and don’t know whether to look up or to look down. The giant trees lead the eye to beautiful canopies but the intricate detail of the mossy forest floor also demand attention. And in autumn the fungi is a massive distraction!

Mycena interrupta, takayna rainforest Tasmania

Mycena interrupta, common in wet forest all over Tasmania but this one was spotted in the Tarkine

 

Blue fungi, Tarkine rainforest Tasmania

A new one for me. I’m pretty sure its an Entoloma species.

 

Blue fungi, Tarkine rainforest Tasmania

Another of the blues

Moving water is always a pleasure to photograph too, and the Tarkine has an abundance of streams, cascades and waterfalls in beautiful rainforest settings.

Rainforest cascades, takayna

Rainforest cascades, takayna

 

Rainforest cascades, takayna

Rainforest cascades, takayna

 

Rainforest cascades, takayna

Rainforest cascades, takayna

Well, I guess I’m making a pretty good case for takayna / the Tarkine to be my favourite location after all… I’ll share some more of my favourite images from around Tasmania in the weeks ahead and see if I can’t make a definitive decision!

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