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Rain on the Swamp Mallet bark, at this time of the year, throws up an interesting palette. The camera picks up more brilliance than I can see with my naked eye.

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Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone

Thanks for looking.

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Trees

Bark Art

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Sally D's Mobile Photography Challenge, Trees

A Daily Walk in Greyscale

I’m sharing these photos for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White
On her blog, Sally shares two fascinating examples of street art.

Here are some of the sensory moments I have each day when walking Vika. Changing the images to B&W breaks them down to the basic elements capturing my attention.

The feature photo shows flowering clover and belladonna straps, down by the footbridge at the end of our service road.

 

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bare tree limbs against the sky

 

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the textures of pine bark and dried pine needles

 

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the majesty of clouds

 

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the fascinating balls on an American sycamore tree

 

light play on clover flower stalks

The light play on clover flower stalks intrigued me for weeks.

 

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And Vika says what the heck are you doing down there! She waits patiently.

 

All taken during August with the Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone.

Thanks for looking. Do have a good day.  🙂

 

 

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Eucalyptus spathulata: swamp mallet

With prompting from Claudette in the comments yesterday, I collected a sample piece of that tree which has the wonderful bark I featured in my previous post.

I spent hours trawling websites and – hurrah- identified it as a swamp mallet which is native to Western Australia and does well in poorly drained and saline soils..

Feature photo was taken with the Nokia Lumia 530 while walking the dog.

Then I put the piece on some cork board and photographed with the Nokia Lumia 520 in poor daylight. I was surprised to see different coloured clusters which had up to seven buds. From memory, the cream flowers were not at all showy. Some old fruit is left on the branch.

 

 

I discovered the difference between a mallee and a mallet tree – the former grows many trunks from a sort of tuber underneath the ground, and the latter grows from a single trunk. I bet Claudette could have told me what the tree was, just from the images! However, I did enjoy my jaunt around the web looking at all the lovely Australian natives.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

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Exercise, Flowers, Trees, Vika

Photos from our walk yesterday

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The grass is dying off, but the deciduous trees are leafing up nicely. That’s the Grevillea bush left front. It’s a wonderful walk along this service road.   (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone, on auto)

my dog Vika sniffing

Vika investigating    (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone, on auto, cropped)

I’m being very lazy today. I read too late last night. Saving my energy for the bit of work I have to do. Tomorrow is anew day. Oh – speaking of tomorrow – I reverted my tagline back to the original one.   🙂

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What is this tree? Solved. (Eucalyptus platypus)

I have a blossom for this shrub, now – and discovered the name …

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Taken on the Nokia phone

 

From Wikipedia:

Eucalyptus platypus, also known as the Moort or Round-leaved Moort, is a small tree which occurs in an area between Albany and Esperance in Western Australia.

It is a mallee Eucalyptus and grows to between 1.5m and 10 metres in height. The canopy of the tree is dense and rounded and the leaves are elliptical to orbicular. The bark is smooth and light brown, ageing to grey.

A distinctive feature of this species are its elongated flat peduncles which are about 3 cm long and 1 cm wide. These are referred to in its specific name platypus which is derived from the Greek words πλατύς (platy: flat, broad) and πους (pous: foot). The peduncles support stalkless buds with long, conical caps in clusters of up to seven. These are followed by greenish-yellow (or occasionally white, cream or (rarely) red) flowers in spring and summer which are to some degree obscured by the dense foliage.

Well, M-R, you weren’t far wrong were close when you said it was a mallee Eucalyptus grossa. 🙂

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