Warburton Sequoia Forest

January 12, 2016  •  2 Comments

Just past Warburton, in the Yarra Ranges east of Melbourne, there is a very special and unique place that I can't believe I took so long to go and see. The Sequoia Forest (or Redwood Forest) has about 1,500 enormous California Redwoods (SEQUIOA SEMPERVIRENS) and is an artist/photographer's heaven.

I went on a summer morning when low cloud had just cleared away, and whilst the sunshine through the trees and glimpses of blue sky through the canopy was great for photography, I can only drool at how incredibly mystical this place would be in a fog.

Sequoia CrownSequoia CrownThe beautiful Sequoia or Redwood Forest in Warburton, just east of Melbourne in the Yarra Ranges region.
The other thing I loved about this place is that artists have taken the time to use fallen branches and twigs to create natural sculptures that compliment the landscape. With UK artist/sculptor Andy Goldsworthy being one of my favourite artists growing up (click here to check out some of his amazing work), this place got me a bit inspired.

I was initially just going to take photos of the forest, but after seeing others' work I thought I'd get a bit creative and let my repressed inner Goldsworthy loose for a few hours. I made a cairn with sticks on top of a stump that was sitting in the middle of a row of trees, and also some leading lines to and around the cairn, and around the bases of the trees.

Below is a timelapse of the construction, and a photo of the finished product. Be sure to check out my Sequoia Forest photo collection as well. This is a magical place, and I'll definitely be back. If you're looking for a nice daytrip from Melbourne I highly recommend it. You can find a bit more information on the Warburton area here and more information on the Yarra Ranges (there are plenty of other great spots to see in the area) here.

The Pillars of the EarthThe Pillars of the EarthThe beautiful Sequoia or Redwood Forest in Warburton, just east of Melbourne in the Yarra Ranges region. LIMITED TO 25 PRINTS ONLY


Comments

2.Rob Embury - Pale Blue Dot Photography
Hi Dale - I believe they were purposefully planted in a specific area so as not to compete with the native flora including the Mountain Ash. As to exactly why I'm not so sure - but it is a stunning place!

And thank you for the comments - look forward to getting this site up to 100%!
1.dale(non-registered)
Hey Rob,
Why are there California Redwoods in Oz? Were they purposefully planted and do they compete with their nearby relative the Mountain Ash?
Nice website and I love the video! Keep up the great work.

cheers
dale
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