‘Colours are the smiles of nature.’ Leigh Hunt.

10 Oct

Stories from my Sketchbook . . . 

If that statement is true this tree is as happy as they come . . .

The rainbow eucalyptus or Mindanao gum is one of those trees that you don’t really believe exists until you see it for yourself.  The  bark is the tree’s most distinctive feature. Patches of bark are shed annually showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. The previous season’s bark peels off in strips to reveal a brightly colored new bark below. The peeling process results in vertical streaks of red, orange, green, blue, and gray.

A very smiley tree . . .


Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “‘Colours are the smiles of nature.’ Leigh Hunt.

  1. S. A. Young

    October 12, 2017 at 1:41 am


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  2. stevetalbot51

    October 11, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Absolutely beautiful Sal – are there any of these trees around here???


    • sallyinthehaven

      October 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      I certainly haven’t seen any locally. From what I read they seem to prefer the more steamy ‘rainforesty’ climes, so probably too temperate for them here. Gorgeous though, huh?


  3. Anonymous

    October 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

    My lord. I Googled and can’t believe the images I see. Unbelievable, Sally! Thank you!


    • C C Cedras

      October 11, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Sorry, Sally, my comment didn’t get the real me. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • sallyinthehaven

      October 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      My pleasure! 🙂



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