An ancient forest in Australia’s Border Ranges was an ideal place to spend New Year’s Eve. Here clusters of 2,000 year old Antarctic Beech trees stand surrounded by sub-tropical vegetation. Relics of a distant era they connect the past to the present and an imagined future.
After sunset a number of Japanese tour groups were guided through the forest to view hundreds of glow worms positioned within a shallow cave, the voices of the guides seemed incongruous to the sounds of the Australian night.
Inside the cave the voices were subdued by the sight of glow worms illuminating the rocky ceiling. The pounding sound of water falling into a pool below dominated the space. Within this enclosure the sound was as overwhelming as it was timeless.
Upstream from the waterfall a colony of tree frogs called from vines and rock pools. The voice of a tour guide broke through the darkness as she spoke to a group of tourists spending the final night of 2012 listening to the sounds emanating from the shadows.