Australia: Ash Wednesday

Tucked away near the bottom of the world, the island of Tasmania is an Australian state more or less renowned as the home of Errol Flynn and the Tasmanian wolf. Beyond that, it serves mainland Australia 150 miles to the north as a market garden, raising crisp fruits and vegetables on its tidy farms and in its verdant apple orchards. Inland from the quaint, Georgian-styled capital of Hobart (pop. 116,000) the island is windy and rugged, forested with towering oaks and giant eucalyptus trees, which rank among the world's tallest hardwoods. Last week those forests brought Tasmania some unwanted renown:...

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