The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Eucalyptus Forest

After passing through an oak woodland

on a little known secret unofficial trail into the far east end of Annadel State Park there lies a small grove of Eucalyptus trees.  Eucalyptus trees are not native to the U.S.  Someone long ago planted them for some purpose.

Some people do not like them.  In addition to being a non-native invasive species of tree, they are a fire hazard.  Plus they'll drop limbs on you unexpectedly also.

I like them.  I like the smell, sound and feel of a Eucalyptus forest plus

  they remind me of where they come from, Australia.

And this will be as close to Australia as I ever will get.


  1. I have once heard that they are used for the water housekeeping in the ground. Now some koala's and the picture is perfect.

  2. loved it John! Glad you felt that connection to the eucalypts. Had you used a fish-eye lens on some photos; I especially like the grand finale shot

  3. They are great trees - and the smell on a hot summers day reminds me of the cough and cold treatments my mum used when I was a kid!!

    Glad you liked our trees!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  4. I just learned something from your blog...I did not know there were any Eucalyptus trees in the states! Your last two shots are really nice....something different.

  5. that's neat! would love to smell them. closest i'll get is a cough drop. :)

  6. Gosh, those are gorgeous photos! I love Eucalyptus!

  7. These are some cool shots. I love you fish eye views.

  8. Wonderful images John... I have some locally but just the odd single tree in someone's private garden.

  9. These shots are great. I think I would like a Eucalyptus forest...a yummy odor...but I would not want a limb to fall on me.

  10. Hi John... Nope that eucalyptus get me into an allergy fit. hate the stuff!!
    You sure did make some interesting photo's with them tree's though!!
    Those last two are real cool!!
    I think they need a Panda Bear! lol



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