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04-02-2020, 08:23 AM   #4021
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It's the tree. That is what this image is about. The tree, there on the right in the background, and it's branches festooned with Spanish moss create almost all the background. Do you see the tree? Scan
Nice, ummm... tree.

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Beautifully captured!
Thank you for the comment - much appreciated - as a kid that's how i pronounced it - wondered why they were so named
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Hoping for more favourable conditions soon... fed up with all the dreich.

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A tree that's either trapped or protected, depending on your viewpoint.
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A tree that's either trapped or protected, depending on your viewpoint.
Gorgeous, Walt.

My brother checking out a fallen eucalyptus tree on the trail at Carpinteria Bluffs, Calif.
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Gorgeous, Walt.

My brother checking out a fallen eucalyptus tree on the trail at Carpinteria Bluffs, Calif.
Thanks Paul. It was in a memorial garden/park on Malta.
Those California eucalyptus trees are really handsome, but two things I first noticed then learned about them after seeing them when I went to college in CA. Almost nothing grows on the ground in a grove of eucalyptus, and almost nothing eats any part of the plant. Consequently within a good-sized grove of mature trees, there are essentially no insects or birds. Coming from the northeast I was accustomed to dense, sometimes almost impenetrable undergrowth in our mixed deciduous woodlands. I was surprised by the barrenness of the ground in large eucalyptus groves..

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Thanks Paul. It was in a memorial garden/park on Malta.
Those California eucalyptus trees are really handsome, but two things I first noticed then learned about them after seeing them when I went to college in CA. Almost nothing grows on the ground in a grove of eucalyptus, and almost nothing eats any part of the plant. Consequently within a good-sized grove of mature trees, there are essentially no insects or birds. Coming from the northeast I was accustomed to dense, sometimes almost impenetrable undergrowth in our mixed deciduous woodlands. I was surprised by the barrenness of the ground in large eucalyptus groves..
I believe these non-native trees were prized in southern Calif. due to their capability to grow in barren soils where nothing else could. These trees put out a large, deep taproot to meet their water-intensive needs, allowing them to survive in regions that experience droughts. These soils are usually nutrient poor, yet the leaf litter can actually add considerably to the nutrient quality of the soil. Allelopathic phenols produced by the trees can prevent plant growth up to around 5 m from the trunk, but I don't know if this is a deterrent to birds and insects. Also, people will often rake up the dropped leaves to use as mulch in their gardens, and maybe this is why the ground beneath them is bare (or, perhaps, those areas also experience high winds). Just my thoughts...

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Good info, Walt and @geodude

Not a eucalyptus - and not sure what it is, but they are plentiful here in Socal. Big and tall!
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The bark looks like sycamore.
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Probably a lot more planet friendly too...

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Tree along the Amtrak rails at Carpinteria Bluffs, Calif.
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