Dean M. Chriss
Australian Tree Trunk Photo No. 2, "Insect Art"
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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 second 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
tracks left by insects between layers of the tree's bark that have since
dies and fallen away. The insect track designs remind me of Anasazi snake pictographs I have
seen in the American southwest.
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.