After finishing the Balliang Tree project, I was keen to make another seasonal landscape series. When I found this tree in the Yarra Valley, perched on a set of hills with a character reminiscent of the scenes I drew as a child, I knew I had found the right place.

It was just in time too. The final image was made in February 2020, shortly before Covid lockdowns were introduced, which would have cut the project short. The final image captures the effects of another major event and is coloured by smoke haze from the 2019-2020 bushfire season. One of the most extensive bushfires in recorded history and perhaps a timely reminder of the course our world needs to chart for future generations.

With significant world events on our shoulders, I wonder why the variety and colour in a landscape should be of any consequence. Yet I find it even more compelling now. That so much can be discovered and enjoyed in the simplest of things, in the simplest of freedoms, means we will always have hope.

Shifting skies and tinted landscapes have provided endless moods and mixtures. Seconds and seasons have passed to find themselves as equals.

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