Road Trip part 1
Or could also be titled, Ode to Salmon gums and rusty things.
The weather has started to be a little cooler here in the Perth area of Western Australia. So, I thought to bring up the idea of an outing or a road trip to John. I explained to him that I would love to revisit the lovely salmon gum trees that I saw on our trip to Wave Rock.
Yes, I’ve fallen in love with Australia’s trees, and one that I really love a lot are Salmon Gums.
Eucalyptus salmonophloia is able to grow to a height of 30 metres (98 ft) with smooth salmon-coloured bark in the summer months that changes to a white-grey or grey-brown colour in the winter months. The leaves are long, lanceolate and tapered with a glossy grey-green colour and contain fragrant oils.
Eucalyptus salmonophloia flowers in spring between August to December with white to cream blossoms.
The tree exhibits an erect form with branches that spread outward and upward forming an umbrella-shaped crown.This species of Eucalypt is known to have a life span of over 150 years.
Plus, they’re extraordinarily pretty. 🙂
Maybe it’s because they’re so different to our trees in the U.S.
Some time ago I would tease John about him being my tree-hugger, but it appears it’s me that loves Australia’s trees more. I delight in them from the moment their tops can be seen from the plane when touching down, and look at them mournfully at take off.
We knew the trip wasn’t going to just be about Salmon Gum trees though…it was going to be about where the road would take us, about being together, and stop at times when we felt it was something interesting to look at and take photographs. That’s how we are.
And this is pretty important if you’re me. This isn’t a girl thing, or an age thing, this is something that has been crucial to me since I was a little girl. Ask my sister and mother, it wasn’t a trip until I had been to all the bathrooms in the place. I always had to go. Australia is so accommodating to a lady like me!
Stay tuned to part two of our road trip… for now a slide show of Salmon Gum trees: