The above seven photos were taken at what was arguably the prettiest spot on the whole Mount, Sanatorium Picnic Ground. Certainly from this photographer's perspective, at least. This is what it looked like on 28 August, 2017. Sadly, it no longer looks this way. Parks Victoria recently bulldozed a large area of non-native poplar trees, to make way for more native vegetation. These poplars were part of a government nursery that was located on this site back in the 1800s, and were somewhere between 100-150 years old. I understand and appreciate that they are doing what they need to do, but I am, nonetheless, heartbroken. I've seen what the site looks like now, and know how beautiful it was then. You had to experience the place to really understand. It had such an amazing energy. I could definitely feel it the day I stood in the falling snow and took these shots. For the most part, I had the whole grounds to myself, just me and the trees and the forest dwellers. I cherished the experience and forever will. The century-old non-natives interspersed with the native trees and vegetation is very much what made this picnic ground so very special. It saddens me that another significant part of the Mount's history has been forever lost. A little bit of it's magic died with the loss of those beautiful trees. I knew when this shoot first happened, and the way it all unfolded at the time, that it was a very special experience I was having. Now, the photos and video footage I took that day take on a whole new level of special. They're shots I will never get again. And nor will anyone else.