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Squiggles on the Eucalypt by Karen Willshaw


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Several species of eucalypts (gums) exhibit squiggles that have been caused from moth larvae eating the live wood and leaving a scar. This is revealed when the tree sheds its bark.

D200 | 24-60 | F8


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I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 1 year ago

    How interesting. Never seen this before.

  • Hi Elaine, very common tree on the east coast. I love the intricate patterns; a tree’s signature :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Wendy Brusca
    Wendy Bruscaover 1 year ago

    Quite a beautiful piece created by the larvae. Little did they know … :)

  • So true, Wendy. The marvels of mother nature :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 1 year ago

    love this ~ like these squiggles, reminds me of worm wood we call it in driftwood from the sea ~ and etch-a-sketch kinds of fun :) either way, it does evoke lovely imagination in the macro ~ beautifully xx

  • Thanks Linda. Yes, we have a lot of “wormed” driftwood washed up on the beaches of Cocos. The Squiggly trees are just so unique. Thanks so much for looking and commenting :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

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