This image was taken by Archibald James Campbell during a trip to the Dandenongs in 1900. Campbell, a well known naturalist, was one of the first in Australia to employ nature photography in recording his fieldwork. He was also a great proponent of environmental protection. This is evident in the lecture,'The Dandenongs' he presented at the Working Men's College in Melbourne in 1893. This image was one of 50 in the series that Campbell himself referred to as a "pictorial protest against the government...who were about to despoil a magnificent State Forest Resource." Although the protest was unsuccessful Campbell continued to photograph the area, and his son Archibald George continued to photograph and write on the subject well into the middle of the 20th century.