This was the amazing Paulownia Tree Plantation in North Richmond in Sydney. North Richmond is a semi-rural suburb of Richmond, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Richmond is located 67 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district.

This tree plantation was absolutely spectacular, and loved by photographers, especially wedding photographers who would hire out the forest for wedding shoots. The trees were planted in 2002, and the Paulownia trees were visible from Bells Line of Road and accessed via Old Kurrajong Road.

I gained access to photograph these trees as I was part of a photography group who organised different shoots around Sydney. It was the most spectacular area and when you walked around the trees you felt a million miles away in a fantasy land, it was truly a unique spot.

When I was there I got creative and took a shot of the trees looking up towards the canopy. I decided to convert it to black and white which I feel makes a beautiful abstract image.

Unfortunately a few years ago the trees were cut down which sent waves of sadness amongst the photography community. Apparently in 2005, the owner at the time advised council that the trees would be ready for harvesting in eight to 10 years and that the trees would then regrow from the original root and the process would start again. The property was sold in May 2017, so who knows what the plans are for the area. Hopefully no development will occur and the trees will regrow to their beautiful splendour for future photographers to enjoy.

To view another image of Richmond, click here.

Richmond, NSW – LS02

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