JUST ABOVE SUNSET – as a commentary site – has gone dark, at least for now. For now there’s just occasional photography.
That Eucalyptus Tree (40 images): Eucalyptus camaldulensis, commonly known as the river red gum, is indigenous to Australia. It has smooth white or cream-colored bark, lance-shaped or curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of seven or nine, white flowers and hemispherical fruit. A familiar and iconic tree, it can be seen along watercourses all across inland Australia, providing shade in the extreme temperatures of central Australia. An image of The Old Gum Tree was engraved for a stamp in 1936 to commemorate the centenary of foundation of South Australia, and there’s the Queen’s Tree, planted in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia, in 1954, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her first visit to Australia. This one is just a bit far from home, at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, twisted and spooky on the cliff above Pacific Coast Highway, at the far end of this continent. That’s the Pacific out there. Australia is out there somewhere. Eucalyptus camaldulensis may now be one of the most widely planted eucalypts in the world, but it’s still kind of spooky. So is Palisades Park. ~ Wednesday, May 4, 2022