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After a brutal year of fire and flood, the tide has gracefully turned for the Tarkine as this noble land becomes cloaked in the subtleness of winter. Snow in its pure brilliance, falls almost to sea level over the vibrant greenery of Tasmania’s grandest rainforest.

In the grasp of nature’s finest expression, where time ceases, and softness blankets the terrain, this sublime vastness appears to drift into genial slumber.

For a world in need of wildness, the exquisite Takayna is a compelling poem.

Gracious and benign, its winter affair enlivens one of our island’s most treasured places.

A quintessence most worthy of cherishing!


Winter whispers across the Takayna forest,

Fluttering and falling like ephemeral stars.

In the quiet rapture of nature,

Thoughts come and go.

Heaven’s ambience enshrouds this earth.

Snow falls,

Nature listens.


Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude …..



Deep jungle greens fade into slumber

Ted Mead is a committed conservationist, naturalist, ardent photographer, and holistic nature lover. Disillusioned with conformist politics and its erroneous ideology regarding to the protection of our essential earth we dwell in, Ted now spends most of his time amidst the place he enjoys passionately – Out in the Wilds. Ted believes being immersed in nature is what keeps him sane, or questionably in the belief that he at least beholds a semblance of sanity.

• Dr Nicole Anderson in Comments: What graceful scenes, utterly gorgeous dusted rainforest. Thank you Ted. It was lovely to witness the snowfall clad areas where they were burnt. Almost like nature now soothing the wounds.

• Kevin Kiernan in Comments: Thanks for the pics Ted. Re your comment #13,it is indeed a sad fact that there is a cohort of Tasmanians who never seem to be able to rise beyond their internalised misery to see anything without bitterness.  But don’t let it get to you Ted, though they are a bit sad.  I am reminded of an episode a couple of years ago when the Mercury published an article about a young Tasmanian …