The Rooster Tree
Those who regularly head up the Hume Freeway from Melbourne would know about this, but others may not: it’s the Rooster Tree.
You’ll find it somewhere past Wandong and the exit for Clonbinane (which is one of those places I’ve never heard of apart from on the freeway exit signs), and it’s really only properly visible when heading northbound.
As you get closer, you’ll see it’s not really one tree, but a clump of trees.
One wonders if the owners of it know of its significance… my guess is yes, since it never seems to grow enough to look like anything other than a rooster.
Enough people know about the Rooster Tree that it’s got a fan page on Facebook — and in the aftermath of the horrific death and destruction of Black Saturday in 2009, many wondered if it had survived.
One more thing: local musician Mal Webb has written a very amusing song about the Rooster Tree:
(thanks to M for snapping the pic above as we drove up the other day)