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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My favourite tree at my favourite time of the year

We don't get autumn colours in Sydney (well not in the native trees) but we do get the most gorgeous colours in November(which is our spring) when all the gum trees shed their barks. The most spectacular is the angophora - the old bark is a dull grey during winter. Trying to work out what happens- but it seems that the bark goes pink before it starts falling off and I think that this year because of all the rain it is pinker than usual. The brand new bark is yellow at first and then darkens to a rich orange... in December the tree will be all this amazing colour. These photos taken at 6.30pm in afternoon sun. I would love to sketch it but don't have the time this week- so photos it will have to be.
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3 comments:

  1. Wow, what a magnificent tree. The bark reminds me of a native tree here in the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Madrone or Arbutus menziesii.

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  2. I love these trees too, Liz....beautiful photos. Love the close up of the colours and textures!

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  3. You're making me homesick! But thanks.
    I was going to make the same comment that Janene did. These photos remind me of the Pacfic Madrone too.

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