This is “Gija Jumulu” the majestic Boab tree in Kings Park Perth. Grown on the land of the Gija people in the Kimberly region of WA it was moved 3,200 Km to Perth in 2008 to make way for improvements to the Great Northern Highway.
Estimated to be over 750 years old, it weighs 36 tonnes, is 14 metres high, spans 8 metres wide and the trunk is 2.5 metres in diameter……it’s quite some tree.
The trunk is currently wrapped in a blanket of the colours of the aboriginal flag (other trees also have been dressed up “funky trunks” as part of the celebrations for 50 years of Kings Park Botanical Gardens). There is plastic sheeting around the base of the tree to prevent the roots from becoming waterlogged in the Perth winter as it is a dry country species.
Lamy Safari with De Atramentis Archive Ink black, watercolours, burnt sienna, colbalt blue, windsor red, windsor lemon, neutral grey, Pentel waterbrushes, 225gsm homemade sketchbook.