Woodlands of Box eucalypts and Ironbarks
once stretched from western Victoria in a great are through central NSW and into southern Queensland.
Here, as well as ironbarks
, other dense hardwood species such as New England blackbutt, silvertop stringybark and messmate are targeted because they too have a low ash residue which is preferred in making silicon.
If you sat quietly nearby, you could watch as two squirrel gliders gingerly emerged from its rotting trunk, ascended the tree and floated off through the dry inland air to feed on flowering ironbarks
Victoria's threatened woodlands of ironbarks
and box trees are again in the news, with the Victorian government opening up the prospect of commercial timber cutting in new conservation parks.
Williams employs well the relaxed form, the more conversational language -- using effectively at times jailhouse or Australian diction such as stringybarks, ironbarks
, mockered-up, barbared the rooms -- and usually refrains from any final summarizing statement.