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Nearly all Eucalyptus are evergreen but some tropical species lose their leaves at the end of the dry season. As in other members of the myrtle family, Eucalyptus leaves are covered with oil glands. The copious oils produced are an important feature of the genus. Although mature Eucalyptus trees are usually towering and fully leafed, their shade is characteristically patchy because the leaves usually hang downwards.
A painting in acrylics, my imagination…!
I was thinking about my childhood days on the farm in South Africa while painting this
Eucalypts originated between 35 and 50 million years ago, not long after Australia-New Guinea separated from Gondwana, their rise coinciding with an increase in fossil charcoal deposits (suggesting that fire was a factor even then), but they remained a minor component of the Tertiary rainforest until about 20 million years ago, when the gradual drying of the continent and depletion of soil nutrients led to the development of a more open forest type, predominantly Casuarina and Acacia species. With the arrival of the first humans about 50 thousand years ago, fires became much more frequent and the fire-loving eucalypts soon came to account for roughly 70% of Australian forest.
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  • marella
    marellaalmost 4 years ago

    O jimmeltjie maar dis mooi ….!!! Stunning work Elizabeth ! xx

  • Danke schön, mein Schatz!!! Lovely to see your face under my trees!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 4 years ago

    Dit is sommer baie mooi, Elizabeth! :-)

  • Baie dankie Qnita, waardeer baie!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wow Elizabeth this is stunning work, you have such great talent.

  • Thanks Andrea, a heartwarming comment! Much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • ienemien
    ienemienalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Wow….look at all that wonderful texture!

  • Thank you so much Marsha!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...almost 4 years ago
  • Baie dankie Mariaan, ek waardeer jou kompliment so baie!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakealmost 4 years ago

    Unique and stunning work!

  • Thanks so much Beatrice for your kind comment!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    This is absolutely GREAT Liz! Our favourite trees! They must be on Plot 84, that looks like my little house among the blue gums …! Beautifully done!

  • You are welcome to transplant them Maree!!;-)
    Thanks so much for your encouraging comment!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago


    Congratulations..you have been featured in the First Things Group

  • Thanks for another feature, I’m thrilled!!! Thanks for your hard work too Janis!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on TWO FEATURES in this group Liz! Wow! Well done! (And we’re on the same page again!)

  • Jippie!! Dis hartverblydend om jou “buurvrou” te wees op ’n bladsy vol kunswerke! Thanks a million Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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