Friday, January 11, 2013

Red Flowering Gum Tree.....


At first glance you might well think this was an image of bunched up electrical wires, the type with LED lights on the ends used for Christmas (too soon?) trees, when in fact it is one of those rather strange flowers that you quite often find on trees and bushes here in Australia, this one belongs to the Red Flowering Gum tree which can grow up to 9 metres high. I'm sure everyone who writes a blog will every now and then have friends say "I saw something today that would be great for the blog"..well this is one of those occasions. My friend Bob, a retired but still active photographer himself spotted this typically Oz tree just over the road from his house and gave me a call. These gum nut flowers always make me think of the illustrations in May Gibbs' delightful series of childrens books about the Gumnut Babies. I can honestly say TGIF this week, it's been an exhausting week weather wise, cooler days ahead! Take care, and stay safe.....

39 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tree and blossoms!! I love your capture with your wonderful blue skies as a backdrop!! Terrific!! Sleep well and have a great tomorrow!!

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  2. Lovely blossom....never seen this before Grace

    Greetings, Joop

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  3. What a beautiful and unusual blossom. I've never heard of a red flowering gum tree before. You can see the green cap of the bud bursting open and the red blossom peeking out -- cool. Hope it cools off for you soon.

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  4. I read a book ( The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles) to my third graders. They used the phrase, "Up a gum tree". Now I see there really is one!
    V

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  5. What beautiful flowers! so strange..
    We saw horrible fires in Australia on TV. I hope you and family are safe, and that you'll get soon cooler weather.

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  6. Bright and beautiful images Grace

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  7. A real beauty.
    Photography is a wonder.
    Hugs to Australia from Spain.

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  8. beautiful .. the flowers, the way those little 'wires' stick out, reminds of this plant called Pixie Duster that a saw/took a photo of in the Nevada desert

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  9. Great macro! I love this nuance of colour! Arianna

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  10. Beautiful tree and photographs! Oh that bright pink, I wish we had such lovely gum trees growing here. I was reading an article about the record heat in Australia, TGIF indeed and hope you stay cool for the weekend!

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  11. You're right, that's exactly what it looks like! How absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. I love these trees!! In fact, so do several bees:) Only a few of these trees grow around different areas of Arizona. But they can get so big and love the sewers....so they've been outlawed in several places:)

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  13. We could grow many Australian plants when we lived down in San Diego, but here in the desert were basically stuck with low water things that can take the freeze (almost everything can take the heat given enough water). Very pretty.

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  14. A piece of art indeed.

    Please have a good Friday.

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  15. H e was right! So very very pretty!

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  16. This is a truly impressive and unusual tree. I have never seen one. Those hot pink fibers are amazing. Why do you think it evolved that way?

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  17. Love gum trees. Enjoy the W/E - great weather!!

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  18. Oh Grace, I have adored these trees forever! I tried THREE times in Tas to grow them and failed completely. They are stunning, the red is my fav but there's gorgeous apricot? one too! And def reminiscent of Gumnut Babies.
    x

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  19. WOW !!! That`s beautiful !!

    Have a nice weekend :)

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  20. I did think it was LED's! Ha! but this is SO much better.

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  21. What a beautiful and perfect macro!Thanks for the sequence of pictures, the tree is wonderful as well! :)
    Léia

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  22. Flowers are so varied and full of colour.

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  23. What colour- you lifted a cold Friday Grace ;-)

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  24. Never seen something like this before, beautiful!

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  25. The flowering gums have been magnificent this year, we have many different colours that have been planted in the suburbs.So wonderful for attracting the birds.

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  26. Such a beautiful tree. The blooms are very unusual and the color is wonderful. Have a great weekend.

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  27. Such a beautiful flowering tree! I love that shade of pink. :)

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  28. Looks great.
    Love the color too.

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  29. Strange-looking flower, but fascinating. They remind me of the fruit rambutan.

    Wishing you a more relaxed week ahead.

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