Sunday, 5 January 2014

A gum tree

This is the result of another post Christmas walk.  There was a new bike to try out and fresh air to be inhaled.

Melbourne is well known for the number of parks and open spaces that it has - and while these are far from being "wild" they are much wilder than my backyard, and as a result I rather like them.

Australian trees are a bit different to most other tree - many of them are eucalyptus - gum - trees, and these do not really occur elsewhere in the world.  This species has a smooth bark that flakes off in irregular sections every year.  This may explain why many never gain the forest of lichens that cloak many other trees.

These shots are close ups of the bark of a species of gum.



You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

27 comments:

Revrunner said...

New bike! Let's see! :-)

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Interesting closeups !

Carole M. said...

tree trunks are always interesting - enjoy that new bike Stewart

Harley Wilde said...

I hope your new bike was good. Can you do wheelies on it yet.

Arija said...

Eucalyptus camaldulensis?? Our Eucalypts have such interesting bark . . . woof woof.

stiefbeen said...

dat is heel mooi om het zo te laten zien.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the texture.

thewovenspoke said...

The bark reminds me of a Sycamore tree, they do the same thing. It sounds like you are enjoying your parks.

Dawn

acreativeharbor.com said...

Very creative photos ~ ^_^

Montanagirl said...

Wow - nice close-ups! Such a smooth look to that bark.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Did not know there were different varieties of eucalyptus. I thought what we had was what you have. But yes, there seems to a difference in the way the bark peels away.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Interesting closeups of the Eucalyptus trees. Trees we don't see here in Minnesota.
Have you been out bike riding?

TexWisGirl said...

like abstract art. congrats on the new bike!

eileeninmd said...

The bark has an interesting pattern, looks almost like art. Great captures!

Lynn said...

these are interesting shots, until I met and worked with Australians/NZ's in Saudi Arabia, I didn't know just how many species of EVERYTHING your island had/has...it is just so amazing, and endless photography material.

DesertHen said...

Interesting patterns in the bark. I grew up in California and one of our neighbors had a Eucalyptus tree in their back yard. I was always fascinated by it! It was like no other tree in our area!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely patterns in the bark. It looks very smooth.

Laura said...

Beautiful photos Stewart… you know how I adore bark images. These are really wonderful and a treat to see something I'd never see here. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

amanda | wildly simple said...

Interesting, Stewart! Living in timber country, we tend to know a lot about different species of trees. But now that I think about it, I no little-to-nothing about gum trees!

Judith Gray said...

Australian Gum Trees and their colours and patterns are just beautiful. Great close-ups.

Katrin Klink said...

Beautiful - and surprising!

Gemma Wiseman said...

So many gums have fascinating patterns on their trunks. Always different. Love these puddled shapes on these.

maryaustria said...

An interesting texure! Great shots!

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice! We have a lot of these trees around here also.
Enjoy your new bike!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful close-ups...you are great at finding the unique angles to beauty. There's something very special about City parks and open-spaces... being there it is like taking a mini-vacation.

Terri Buster said...

There is beauty everywhere we look if we only open our eyes to see! Let's see your new wheels! I have borrowed my granddaughter's bike to see if I can even ride one anymore...so far I am very unsteady on it!!

edenhills said...

How very interesting and different from my part of the world. I'm exceedingly jealous of any outside air that doesn't freeze the lungs. Can't wait until I can go for some walks.