Fangorn

Styx Valley, Tasmania


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The Styx Valley is home to some of the largest hardwood trees on earth. Eucalyptus regnans, known as mountain ash or swamp gum, can grow to over 100m tall and can live up to 400 years. The tallest living mountain ash today is 99.6m high (which is taller than Big Ben), and is located in the Huon Valley, west of Geeveston, while the tallest ever was claimed to be in the order of 120m to 130m. But numbers do little to convey the immensity of these giants of the forest. This massive specimen is known as Fangorn and is to be found on the Tolkien Track, a network of tracks connecting a series of magnificent trees taking their names from The Lord of the Rings.

Shot on a Nikon D700 and an AF 80-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm.