The twisted river red gums are a recurring feature of the Australian landscape: long valued by Aboriginal people, often depicted by landscape artists such as Hans Heysen, and highly sought after by timber-getters who once made a living from their wood. Across the continent, red gums have a strong link to water bodies, be they creeks, billabongs, floodplains or thundering rivers. About 200km north of Melbourne, the Barmah-Millewa Forest forms the largest stand of river red gums in the world. The remarkable forest habitat straddles the narrowest reach of Australia’s longest river. Find the full story in #127 (July–August).