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Alchemy in Nature: The Turning of the Fagus

Alchemy is defined as the process of taking the ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. Each year, this is precisely what happens in April. At this time the Tasmanian Central Highlands come to life with the changing colours of Tasmania’s last beech, a relic of the days of Gondwana. This process of alchemic beauty is known as the Turning of the Fagus.   Each year, On ANZAC day (25th of April), wanderers venture out into the ancient forests of the Tasmanian highlands in search of the Nothofagus Gunnii.  This is undeniably among the most enriching experiences one can have. To witness the Turning of the Fagus as its leaves change from emerald green to tawny russet and vibrant gold, before falling to the ground is...

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