Monday, January 4, 2010

Magical Gum Trees

On New Year's Day we hiked in the Blue Mountains National Forest along a fantastic Red Hand Cave trail. We started out in a gentle rain and the gum trees surrounding the overgrown trail seemed almost to vibrate with color. Some were charred from bush fires that must have moved through the area some years ago and others were in the process of shedding their bark, creating fantastic patterns on the tree trunks.

I'm always inspired by trees in Australia, which seem so much more exotic than the usual (wonderful, of course) trees of the US Northeast. Some of those that I met on Friday filled me with inspiration and a mad desire to paint. I share of few of them with you.........

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