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The Murray River & Young River Red Gums  by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Seasons Change 10-03-2011
FEATURED in Lakes and Inland Waterways 30-09-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 24mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f9, Shutter: 1/200

Taken on the murray River, just upstream from Echuca in Victoria, Australia. After so many years of drought it is wonderful to see the Murray River flowing again and to see the vegitation along its shores thriving. The river red gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis is the most widely distributed eucalyptus species in Australia growing along watercourses throughout the country. It lines the Murray River for most of its length. The trees are usually 20–35 m high with some over 45 m, with a diameter of 1–3 m. Canopy is dark green and the forest floor is usually devoid of undergrowth. The trunk is vari-coloured, which includes patches of leaden grey bark above an area of brown-black. The branches are often twisted and the root system is often partly exposed. It is the association with the water that makes the tree interesting. It needs periods of partial flooding where its trunk may be inundated for months. Seeds are washed to high ground during a flood and germinate to take root and grow before the next flood submerges the new tree. The timber is a reddish colour with a strong interlocking grain. It is hard and durable and is renowned for its slow-rotting character. The hard, heavy red gum provides foundations for buildings, and timber for railway sleepers, wharves and fences. It polishes beautifully and sometimes turns well. Flowering is usually in summer in Victoria and varies in New South Wales. The flowers are white to pale cream. Honey produced has a clear golden colour, is mild and of good flavour. The Aborigines used the tree for its medicinal properties. A handful of young leaves, crushed and then boiled in water, was used as a linament that was rubbed in for chest or joint pain, particularly for general aches and flu symptoms. Young leaves were also heated in a pit over hot coals, and the vapours were inhaled, which helped with the treatment of general sickness.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

Christine’s images have had:
793 Features & 41 Challenge Wins

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  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 4 years ago

    I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. You’ve made 2010 such a nice year with your wonderful comments and views. I hope you and yours have a brilliant 2011.

  • Thank you William.

    – Christine Smith

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    you for sharing your artwork with the "Photomatix HDR Group":!

  • Thanks Clive.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynden
    Lyndenabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Christine!

  • Thanks Lynden

    – Christine Smith

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!

  • Thank you very much Etienne.

    – Christine Smith

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely image

  • Thank you for the both the comment and the fave. It’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

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  • Thank you so much for featuring this image in Seasons Change Carolyn. I’m absolutely delighted.

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Christine, especially like the colours and reflections. Congratulations on feature.

  • Thank you very much Tony for both the lovely comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Rene.

    – Christine Smith

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 2 years ago

    30th September 2012

    This wonderful work has been featured and can also be seen in this permanent gallery Thank you for being a part of the group. ☺

  • Thank you so much for the feature. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

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