Gum tree blossom (Corymbia calophylla)

Photos from my walk this morning. The little gum tree near our side yard has just started its flowering with the prettiest gum blossom I’ve ever seen. The colour is so subtle, shades of pink and yellow with the white. I’ve used part of the first photo in my new header.

Gum tree blossom, Nokia Lumia 520, auto, cropped

You can see how the blossom unfurls from the gumnuts, after pushing off the cap.

Nokia Lumia, 5MP, auto, cropped

This is what the empty gum nuts will look in future … you wouldn’t think it was the same tree.  Some type of bug infestation or disease is causing blistered leaves.

Spider shell & silk, Jan 2015 (Nokia Lumia, 5MP, auto)

Another? The bee looks to be hanging on tight. The wind was blowing the blossom about. It’s cloudy again today, maybe will reach 25-27C.

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If you are trying to recall the old header. It was something like this. 😀
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36 Comments Add yours

  1. That is one of the most delicate pinks I’ve seen. You have a gift with photos, Christine. 🙂

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you, Susan. The tree has pink bits in the veins of the leaves and the wood of the new growth, and that merest blush at the base of the blossom where it comes out of the pod. Having this phone camera has opened my eyes to the beauty around me! 🙂

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  2. Sue says:

    Very delicate looking blossom, love the balance with the Bee. Often wonder why bugs were invented, I can’t see that they do anything positive only damage.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Oh bugs? For a second there, Sue, I thought you meant the bees! Yes, something is really going to town on the leaves, it’s been like it as long as I can remember.

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  3. bkpyett says:

    Superb, aren’t they! We have lots out in our area too, just love them.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      My new favourite gum flower! ❤

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  4. sue ouzounis says:

    Just noticed gumnut with the spider pretending to be a crab. So cute

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Hi Sue, had to approve the comment before it would show up. I thought it was a real spider at first, but it’s just a shell.

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      1. Sue says:

        It was sent from from my mobile phone. I think it must show up as junk. How you find such unusual photo’s has got me beat. Think you and nature and working hand in glove to give us such good pics.

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        1. ChristineR says:

          Not in junk this time Sue – it was because it had your name instead of anonymous. I always have to approve the first post from new commentators.

          Thanks for your lovely comments, I’m pleased you love my photos.

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  5. M-R says:

    The new header is simply FABULOUS !!!!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I’m glad you love it M-R. Since bees are playing a big part in my blog these days, I thought it appropriate.

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      1. M-R says:

        It’s not just because I’m a bee fanatic that I love it, CJR, but because it’s a WONDERFUL photo !

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    2. Ditto. Forgot to say that in my comment. Simply fabulous is right.

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  6. Outlier Babe says:

    Why did it take me so long to follow you? Love being here : )

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I think you did follow me back last time you were here? WordPress chucks people off sometimes, so I’ve heard. Glad you are enjoying yourself. 😀

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      1. Outlier Babe says:

        Yes, I did–that is what/when I meant : )

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  7. Marigold says:

    What perfect pictures! You really captured those perfect little moments of colour and life 🙂

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you Marigold.

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  8. I love seeing that bee burrow itself into the blossom. The buds are superbly beautiful as well. Great photos.

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  9. I’e never seen these before. The hint of pink is amazing in the blossoms. I see you have another ‘ham’ in your picture. The bees are competing for your attention. ❤ ❤

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I have so many photos, it’s hard to pick which to post! Thanks Tess.

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      1. I can imagine it’s hard to choose one when they are all so w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l. ❤

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  10. A delicate delight Christine.

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  11. Goodness, the new header looks fantastic! Especially love the bee. These are all such wonderful photos, Christine!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you H. 🙂

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  12. joannesisco says:

    I don’t think we have gum trees here. The flower is magnificent. I can only imagine seeing a tree full of them 🙂
    … and I love your header!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks for liking my header, Joanne. Calling it a ‘gum’ tree doesn’t give a very precise description. We say gum trees, meaning eucalyptus trees, and even that is vague as (some of us) lump them all in together. I think this one belongs to the relatively new Corymbia genus. The birds and bees will love it when it’s in full bloom. Common name is flowering gum.

      Wikipedia says:
      “Eucalypt is a descriptive name for woody plants with capsule fruiting bodies belonging to seven closely related genera found across Australasia: Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Angophora, Stockwellia, Allosyncarpia, Eucalyptopsis and Arillastrum.”
      🙂

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      1. joannesisco says:

        That’s even more informative … gum and eucalyptus are the same.
        I am hopelessly incompetent with plant life. I don’t even know most of the trees in my own neighbourhood.

        I thought that someone would have created an app by now that would identify a plant if you pointed your device at it.
        Any app I have found so far, requires you to image a leaf and send it to an email address and “they will get back to you”.

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        1. ChristineR says:

          I usually use google images, and search for the leaf or flower from the description I put in as keywords. Most of the time it’s too hard though, and I hope someone can point me in the right direction.

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          1. joannesisco says:

            I didn’t know google could do searches based on a description. I’ll have to try it one day … when we have leaves again 🙂

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          2. ChristineR says:

            It’s only using lots of keywords in the search, like if you know what the shape of the leave, or put in the colour and what you think it might be. Then I go to images and see if anyone else has posted the same thing.

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