This Week

These photographs are a pictorial of the past week in my backyard.

 

Crimson Rosella

 Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Am Immature Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot –
Alisterus scapularis

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

 

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Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

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Misty Morning

On the Easter long weekend, we stayed near Dunkeld on the edge of the Grampian National Park. The first morning of our stay was a misty one.

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National Eucalypt Day

Today is National Eucalypt Day. A day to celebrate the magnificent trees we Australians call Gum Trees.

The following photos are of Eucalyptus regnans commonly known as Mountain Ash, also Swamp Gum, or Stringy Gum. Mountain Ash trees are native to Tasmania and the state of Victoria in south-east Australia.

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Eucalyptus regnans is the world’s tallest flowering plant and is also the world’s second tallest tree.

I remember when I was in primary school, my teacher told the class that trees were the lungs of the world. I can clearly remember my thoughts: “Then why are we cutting them down?”

I still ask that question decades later.

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Lagoon

Almost in the middle of the Central Queensland town of Emu Park, there is a lagoon. My Grandfather’s house was near this lagoon and it was visible from his backyard. It features prominently in my boyhood memories.

This lagoon also has a magnificent plantation of Melaleuca trees.

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Autumn

In Australia, today (1st March) is the official start of autumn.

One of my favourite trees for autumn colour, known in Australia as the Lipstick Tree,  or October Glory (Acer rubrum). It is a native tree of North America. The following photos were taken at the Colac Botanic Gardens, over the past couple of autumns.

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Prickly Paperbark

The following photos are of an Australian Native Plant the Prickly Paperbark (Melaleuca styphelioides), which I planted in my front yard many years ago. This summer they were in full bloom giving me the best display I’ve ever seen from them.

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Paperbarks got their name because the bark of these trees look like paper. Early settlers used the bark to light campfires when making tea. This gave them their nickname, “Tea Tree”.

Prickly Paperbark

With over 200 species of Melaleuca in Australia, only a few are trees. It is endemic to Australia, with Melaleuca forests, mainly in northern regions, covering some 6.5 million hectares.

These forests are important habitat for many birds such as egrets, herons, and spoonbills. Oils, e.g. Tea Tree Oil, come from the foliage of some species of Melaleuca.

Melaleuca derives from the Greek, melas (black) and leukos (white).

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Eucalyptus Flowers

The following photographs are of Eucalyptus  flowers of the Tuart tree (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). It is an Australian native plant and is endemic to Western Australia.

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Eucalyptus Flower

Eucalyptus Flower

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