kinda old

These two bull kauris are found on the Lake Barrine circuit in the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland.

Estimated to be around 1000 years old, these trees provide valuable information about evolution, as their ancestors came from about 250 – 60 million years ago. Although they are on every continent except Antarctica, they have very specific requirements, surviving in altitudes between 600 and 1000 m with high rainfall and deep loam and clay soils. In Australia, they restricts them to a small region.

Worthy of Becky’s ‘kinda’ squares.

One of a kind

While travelling in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, everyone you meet asks, “Have you seen a cassowary? How about a tree kangaroo?”

Quite unique, and yet found in this specific region, we were lucky enough to see both.

For today’s entry into Becky’s ‘kind’ squares, I’ll include the cassowary. The tree kangaroo was much more shy and could only be captured properly on video – which I can’t seem to get square.

As tall as an emu and just as aggressive, the striking bird can be seen wandering across roadways but can be quick to disappear into thick brush. At other times it can take forever to cross, and as an endangered species all motorists stop for it.

This one was slow enough, but wouldn’t turn around as I got close. So you just get to admire it’s glossy plumage.