In the early days the local Gippsland Red Gums were heavily utilised for fencing and milling, consequently big old trees with ages numbered in hundreds of years are now mainly found on roadside reserves, with the odd individual found on farming land, where in many cases their days are numbered. When I visited a friend’s property recently one such tree caught my eye and I knew that I had to return on a good day with camera and wide angle lens to photograph it. Good days, for photographs that is, have been few and far between, reflected in the lack of recent posts, but finally one with blue sky and clouds arrived and the deed was done. It is a magnificent healthy tree that drops limbs occasionally as red gums will, and that means hollows for nesting birds. Here are two shots from different angles. Just magnificent….
The Snowy River Wattle, Acacia boormanii is a beauty for the garden, reliable in heavy soil, with a pleasant perfume, fine foliage, and attractive to native bees. Ours is now in full flower and being visited for pollen by honey bees and the season’s first native bee species to appear,
Lasioglossum Parasphecodes hiltacum.
And while we’re in the garden, Bill Cane’s Heyfield double wax is coming into flower,