Australia Australia Day australian Barack Obama bariatric surgery Beaches Bicheno Birds Bonneville Brisbane British Columbia Broken Bay Canada canadian commuting customer service diet dieting discrimination Ettalong Beach fat Fat Tales fear Food Addiction friends gastric band golf Growing old Health home Hunter Valley Kangaroo Koala Lap Band Lap Band surgery Life love Margaret River Martin Luther King motorbikes motorcycle motorcycles nature obesity Optifast Orford overweight Perth Public Speaking Queensland rain relationships religion riding roo scars snakes Spiders stars surgery swimming sydney Tasmania Tassie Toastmasters tourism Travel Triumph Ulysses WA weight disorders weight loss Western Australia wombat woy woy
Scribbles on life, the universe and everything… Woy Woy, Ettalong, Umina and teh Central Coast that is!
In the Shade
February 4, 2009Posted by on
I love trees! I love the trees in Australia. Don’t get me wrong, I am from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada where we have some of the most majestic species of Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir (to name a few) that make up our diverse and beautiful coastal rainforest. If you haven’t visited Vancouver Island, it is a must see.
Australia forests are different and distinct. One of my favourites is Australia’s Eucalyptus. In fact, Australia is home to more than 700 species of Eucalypt. What a majestic, beautiful tree. Not just because you can crush the leathery leaves and fill your nostrils with the aroma of eucalyptus, but because of how they grow. The branches remind me of giant tendrils reaching out every which way with it’s strong boughs.
Australian Eucalypts are amongst the tallest trees in the world. The bark is sometimes stringy and is often peeled revealing a naked beautiful smooth tree trunk. The trunk can be tinged with greens, oranges, reds or sometimes a silvery white. At night you see the white tree trunk shimmering in the moonlight. It is magic!
Another tree I love is the Palm. In Australia, they have huge Palms trees, small Palm trees, Palm bushes, so many Palms. At times, driving along the road or hiking you can look down upon these giant tree Palms and it feels like you could jump and the canopy would envelop you with their mammoth palm fronds.
Being in Ettalong Beach with all of it’s Eucalyptus and Palms, I feel like I am living in a lush, tropical seaside haven. Oh, I forgot, I am! All I need is a pina colada in each hand, the shade of a good tree and a pool boy to keep me cool and offer refills as required!