Dean M. Chriss
Australian Tree Trunk Photo No. 3, "Rorschach"
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I always find the trunks of eucalyptus trees interesting because they are so different
from those I usually see in the the United States. I decided to photograph
a few of the trunks up close as abstracts. This is the third in the
This tree is one of about 800 different species within the genus Eucalyptus
that are found in Australia. It is probably one of the four species of
spotted gum. This photograph shows
a patch of gray bark that has yet to fall away from the newer blue-white
bark below it. At first it reminded me of an island on a world map. Then it
reminded me of Marge Simpson of cartoon fame. Finally I decided to call it "Rorschach".
This particular tree was found in New South Wales and it is quite healthy. The bark of all eucalyptus trees dies
each year and eventually falls away. In smooth bark types the bark comes off
in flakes, curls, or long strips. In rough bark types it accumulates in
entwined, stringy masses.