Happy National Eucalypt Day, everyone. 23 March is the national day for Australia’s iconic eucaplypt trees, of which there are around 900 species. Eucalypts were known to have existed when Australia was still part of the super-continent Gondwana. The oldest known eucaplypt fossil specimens (flowers, fruit and leaves) date back 52 millions years!
Eucalypts fill me with wonder. My favourite childhood book was The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. It is the story of two gumnut babies. It is an Australian classic and obligatory reading.
The downside to eucalypts is the tendency for some to drop rather large limbs, giving them the unfortunate nickname of the Widow Maker. My own beautiful eucalyptus tree, the Brittle gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) may or may not have dropped one or two small limbs on my garden. I couldn’t say, as I have no wish for our council to chop it down. Needless to say, we don’t loiter under it. Isn’t it looking healthy? No doubt the roots are choking my drains. Ah well, it is the price I’m willing to pay.
If I was to post all my favourite eucalypt photos, we would be here all day, rather than enjoying the trees. So here is just one stately specimen. It has several beautiful burls which are prized by wood-workers.
And one more photo. Because I live in the bush capital. In summer, a haze of eucalyptus oil permeates the air.
Ahhhh, the wonder of it. Breathe. Relax. Repeat.
PS. I’m combining this celebration of the eucalypt with Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Wonder.