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Eucalyptus 1

Eucalyptus 1
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-21 4:35
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Points: 7
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The peeling bark of the eucalyptus trees make and endless variety of natural abstract images.


Eucalyptus /ˌjuːkəˈlɪptəs/[2] L'Heritier 1789[3] is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, and a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. One species, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges as far north as the Philippines. Only fifteen species occur outside Australia, with just nine of these not occurring in Australia. Species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China and the Indian Subcontinent, though most species do not tolerate frost.

Eucalyptus is one of three similar genera that are commonly referred to as "eucalypts", the others being Corymbia and Angophora. Many species, but far from all, are known as gum trees because they exude copious sap from any break in the bark (e.g., scribbly gum). The generic name is derived from the Greek words ευ (eu) "well" and κάλυπτος (kályptos) "covered", referring to the operculum on the calyx that initially conceals the flower.[4]

Some eucalyptus species have attracted attention from horticulturists, global development researchers and environmentalists because of desirable traits such as being fast-growing sources of wood, producing oil that can be used for cleaning and as a natural insecticide, or an ability to be used to drain swamps and thereby reduce the risk of malaria. Outside their natural ranges, eucalypts are both lauded for their beneficial economic impact on poor populations[5][6]:22 and criticised for being "water-guzzling" aliens,[7] leading to controversy over their total impact.[8]

On warm days eucalyptus forests are sometimes shrouded in a smog-like mist of vaporised volatile organic compounds (terpenoids); the Australian Blue Mountains take their name from the haze.

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To tuslaw: Great views of the Rainbow EUcalyptusAlan_Kolnik 1 09-21 20:46
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Hello Alan- This scene is also common in our area too. Although a few trees are available in our area, but I have seen this Peeling Bark. Well captured with good details. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice Sunday- Srikumar

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Allen,
A nice presentation showing off what I believe is one of the prettiest trees in the world. Their bark is gorgeous and once viewed, a sight you will always remember.
I first saw a Eucalyptus tree while vacationing in Hawaii a few years ago. I didn't know the name of it at first, but later found out it was a Rainbow Eucalyptus. We all had to get out of the car and pose for a picture beside one of the many trees. Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories of this beautiful and unique tree.
If you want to view a link to some images of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree click here

Nice point of view, showing off the different colours of this eucaplypt. Would be interesting to know the species. Do you think it is a Wandoo or an introduced street tree?

I wonder where the name Rainbow Eucalyptus comes from. Intriguing the concentric circles that probably are spherical in three dimensions. I like the abstract patterns and I can make out a number of figures. On similar images of peeling bark that I took in China, don't know if it was eucalyptus, one can actually recognise Goofy, the Big Bad Wolf and a family of four. A pleasure to view.

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