These Gondwanan Rainforests of Australia are the most extensive swathes of subtropical rainforest left on Earth - cloaking the caldera of a 23 million year old extinct volcano.
There really are no words for the beauty and energy of this sacred place.
In ecological terms the edge where two ecological communities overlap is known as an 'ecotone' - the McPherson ranges forms a kind of bio-regional ecotone - which is known as the Macleay-McPherson overlap, a phyto-geographical zone characterised by the presence of both tropical and temperate species.
Many of the plants that occur here are at the limits of their distributions, such as the Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus moorei) an ancient temperate rainforest genus once found growing on the continent of Antarctica - they've retained their niche in the high altitude sections of the Border Ranges National Park. This area is listed as one of the worlds mega biodiversity hotspots and now has World Heritage status thanks to the legendary efforts of conservationists to preserve and protect this place forever.
You can return to this place in an instant
a thousand times more alive than your most prized photograph, your most lush high definition video captured moment, your most creative conceptual understanding of its eco-systemic-ness.
Moss dripping from old volcanic rocks cloaked in rainforest leaves you thirsty for much more than just pure mountain water.
There is something up there which is both pre and post historic ~ old, ancient, yet timeless~ existing right now as a field of energy entirely unto itself.
hidden realms of pure ecology.
If you can just manage to be still for a moment - alone - you will feel it.