Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree Bark

Title: Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark

Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA (19°42’27” N  155°56’48” W)

Description: What I love about digital photography is it makes the process of memory easier. In this case, I thought the photo represented here was taken in Australia. It’s an eucalyptus tree and those are famous for being in Australia (and other parts of Oceania) and I made an assumption.

But then I noticed I had geotagged this photo with its location, back in 2009. It turns out, this photo is from my press trip to Hawaii. The Big Island, to be exact. Thank goodness I didn’t misrepresent.

What is an eucalyptus tree doing in Hawaii? It’s part of a magnificent private preserve known as the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, started and run by Norman Bezona. He was kind enough to show me around the sanctuary which contains a lot of non-native species Norman has collected on his travels around the islands and far abroad. He is one of those people whose passion for his subject (tropical botany)oozes from his pours as he regales you with fact after fact while trouncing around the rainforest. I really like people like this, who bring their passion to life and help others learn.

Okay, back to the bark. It’s pretty funky. Enjoy.

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Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 500
Focal Length 260mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/40
Altitude 3,241.5 ft

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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