© 2010 Kathy Keating Woollybutt Tree

A Woollybutt Tree

On the last full day of my long weekend trip to Darwin, I rented a car and headed out to Berry Springs to visit the Territory Wildlife Park. It was only about a 45-minute drive from Darwin, but it felt like its own separate world.

In the Woodland area of the park, I passed a lot of interesting looking trees and plants, but I really liked this tree, and it’s name. It’s called a Woollybutt tree, because it has rough “woolly” bark that protects it from grass fires. However, they’re apparently very popular with termites, and the trees’ bark does nothing to deter them, unfortunately.

I took this photo at the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in May 2010.

© Kathy Keating and An Expat’s Photoblog, 2010.