Last week, I discovered a medium sized eucalyptus tree at the corner of the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. I walked closer to have a good look. To my surprise, it is a Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon), a species that is quite rare in this area. It is a beautiful tree with deep ridged trunks; long blade-like leaves and clusters of distinctive reddish-pink flowers with fluffy and showy stamens.
This tree was blooming with deep pink flowers, its branches drooping from the weight, so much so, the tips of the branches swept the ground. Bees, attracted by the scent and brilliant color of the flowers were hovering busily about the tree. As I watched the bees travel from flower to flower, I noticed that some of them were even attracted to the freshly fallen petals that laid upon the ground like some colorful carpet. Bees and eucalyptus–I am curious to know what the honey taste like.
Following are leaf prints made on a raw silk table runner. The heart shaped prints are eucalyptus cinerea. I love the vibrant colors!
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