Who said Monet doesn’t grow on trees?…:-)
Does a living rainbow exist? Yes, it does! 🙂 The word “eucalyptus” comes from the Greek: eu = good and kalypto = cover. Magical looking forests with multi-colored streaks of eucalyptus trunks make these trees a distinctive landscape design element. I’d come across some in Costa Rica 2 years ago, but the stunning rainbow eucalyptus from Kauai is truly one of the most amazing trees, it definitely has the most beautiful bark I’ve ever seen. It’ll never have the same color pattern twice, making it like a work of living art. The unusual phenomenon is caused by patches of bark shedding at different times. Its manifold colours are therefore indicators of its age: freshly shed outer bark will reveal the bright green inner one. This one darkens over time and changes from blue to purple and then reaches orange and maroon tones. While this may appear to be a “cool tree” with camouflaged bark, it actually continues to morph in all the colors of a rainbow.
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eucalyptus trunks @ Keahua Arboretum, East Kauai… 🙂
This isn’t “somewhere over the rainbow”, but somewhere UNDER the rainbow: so, if you don’t live in a warm, moist climate, then you might not have ever run into the most beautiful bark on Earth… 🙂 With bright and uniquely-colored trunk and branches, the rainbow eucalyptus is one of the most amazingly colorful species of tree. This vibrant picture looks like a work of art created by an exquisite painter. After the rain, an extraordinary and spectacular foliage effect is created when ‘rainbow’ eucalyptus trees begin to shed their bark to reveal their invisible bracelets – bright colours beneath: wonderful splashes of green, orange and purple. They look like “fairy trees” or solid cliffs that speak and sing with the Pacific: quiet and thoughtful, they struggle with storms, whirlwinds, huge waves. Attached to its ground and truly appealing, they’re content with a tiny piece of heaven and love the gentle caresses of the tradewinds… Once again Lady NATURE the Beautiful is the most talented artist that no one can match or exceed! 🙂
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Have a splendid rainbow week, guys! 🙂