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Living among the gum trees

an experience of country and coast

Australia's gumtrees are almost a cliche. I hear people recalling them often when describing the experience of being Australian.
 
Curiously, eucalypts are not unique to Australia, as much as one might think. If you go to India or Southern California you'll find them there. A walk around San Diego or Maharastra would have you think
 
But there is something very magical about gumtrees in Australia because almost wherever you find them, you'll experience an almost mystical atmosphere of timelessness about the land they're on. Its as it they are the sentries, watching over giant swathes of wilderness and empty space.
 
In some places, the gums almost have their own personality. The tall straight stringy barks in dense Victorian forest, and the gnarled and twisted snow gums of the upper alpine regions of New South Wales come to mind especially. Walking among them with the scent of eucalypt oil in the air is one of the gifts of living in Australia

 
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Doug Kirkpatrick
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Those ticking street posts, Frequent flyers??, Max the dog, Flag on a dumpster, My backyard clotheslines, Clever street art, Australia Day in Port Hedland, Passing road trains, Lawn in the Pilbara, Big Australian Sky, Flying art, Lunchtime for 'Wombat', Hand of Friendship, Dodging busted Telecom pits, Tuned in to the nation, Hanging out to dry, Swimming Pool for One, broken flags, Genuine Aussie gladiators..., Shark Wrestling in South Australia, The Sydney-to-Hobart, Fantales - things of beauty, Street Junk, Dining IN, tradie's bit for the nation, Clean-up Day, ANZAC biscuits help keep peace in Kashmir, Cops on the beat, Spiders lurking, Eating Violet Crumbles, Coastal sandstone, Feeling of wool, Outdoor shower, Regarding the 'Coathanger', Pausing to honour the 'Diggers', The rural gatepost where yarns are had, Celebrating Australia Day in Port Hedland, P-Plate, Kirribilli commute, Oz Day in the city, Dancing with the Stars - in Milson's Point, Sydney, Weekday oasis of calm, Bondi Beach - historic more than bohemian, Riding into history on a vintage train in Tasmania, Plunging escarpments ain't always pretty, Feeding wild lorikeets on the verandah at home, Walking the streets of Sydney, When you're driving in Australia..., Melbourne Cup in Martin Place, Taking a punt on the Melbourne Cup - Part 1 of 2, Taking a punt on the Melbourne Cup - Part 2 of 2, Cyclone Tracy revisited, Hot date with a Maytag washer in Darwin, The Port Hedland detention centre, Not ice, nor 'Ice', nor snow. Just Pilbara salt, Railmotor from Werris Creek, Camping with wild pigs, Telephone sockets in Australia, Werris Creek Station, Leaving their mark in stone, Being Australian on Christmas Day (Bondi Beach pt1), Christmas Day at Bondi Beach (pt2), Christmas Day at Bondi Beach (pt3), Camping holiday - best way to see Australia

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