Otway Messmate, Australia-Segment 1


Order a limited edition, custom print of this ancient tree signed by Robert Ouellette. The 13×19 inch photograph is on high-quality, luster paper and printed using archival inks. It is an artwork meant to last a lifetime.


Known locally in southern Victoria as ‘The Big Tree’, the Otway Messmate is a hybrid subspecies of eucalyptus and oblqua . A massive, old tree, it like most ancient trees, is threatened by anthropocenic climate change. The Great Otway reserve is a remaining coastal sliver of the old-growth forests that grew here for millennia. Walking through this special place, breathing in its air and smelling a mix of Southern Ocean/forest is magical. The series of images this photo assemblage is from were taken in 2015, well before the continent-wide fires of 2019 savaged Australia.