The Day’s Photography

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

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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