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Eucalyptus camaldulensis

This iconic 'river red gum' stands like an old soldier amongst the European immigrants it is surrounded by. Much of the Adelaide hills is a mix of remnant Australian bushland and scenes looking more like parts of Europe. Although the hills are very pretty, the native bushland and thus animals also have been almost decimated.

The red gum is a relatively large and sparse tree, often dropping huge boughs in the heat or wind, sometimes losing half its dimensions in the process. This tree would have lost many limbs over its life and has been standing here for much longer than the European humans that changed the landscape around it. I have heard they can reach 800 years of age, probably considerably more.

 

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Taken on May 10, 2008