Cazneaux Tree, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, SA, Australia

Cazneaux Tree, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, SA, Australia

The majestic red gums have always appealed to Australians. This river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) near Wilpena Pound, South Australia, was made famous by the photographer Harold Cazneaux who took a picture of it, with the walls of Wilpena Pound as background, in May 1937. He regarded it as his most Australian picture and called it the Spirit of Endurance. It won many awards in Australian and International exhibitions.

In May 1941, Cazneaux wrote:

“This giant gum tree stands in solitary grandeur on a lonely plateau in the arid Flinders Ranges, South Australia, where it has grown up from a sapling through the years and long before the shade from its giant limbs ever gave shelter from the heat to white man. The passing of the years has left it scarred and marked by the elements – storm, fire, water, unconquered it speaks to us of a Spirit of Endurance. Although aged, its widespread limbs speak of a vitality that will carry on for many more years. One day when the sun shone hot and strong, I stood before this giant in silent wonder and admiration. The hot wind stirred the leafy boughs and some of the living elements of this tree passed to me in understanding and friendliness expressing the “Spirit of Australia.”

Cazneaux was born in 1878 in New Zealand of Australian parents. He lived in Adelaide until 1904 and then in Sydney where he died on June 19, 1953. Today this famous tree is known simply as the Cazneaux Tree.

More images: Gallery of Flinders Ranges, South Australia Stock ImagesLandscapes Stock Photography.

Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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  • Benz - February 6, 2010 - 6:38 am

    Beautiful picture, I love the strong colours. You make me want to jump on a plane and visit Oz again.

  • Beau Mitchell - February 11, 2010 - 12:20 am

    Love it. Nice vibrant colours, and cool comp.

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