Eucalyptus Painting

eucalyptus painting for webThis image was created in a botanical garden in Miami, Florida.  I have seen many Eucalyptus trees.  Most have bark colored in some combination of dun, soft orange, and blue.  This one stopped me in my tracks.  Never had I seen such colorful strips of bark.  They reminded me of the complementary hues in a color wheel, with green and magenta as opposites.

Normally I don’t photograph in the middle of the day.  Light is generally flat.  But due to the size of the knurl on the side of the tree, the unmitigated sun cast a hard shadow reminiscent of George Hurrell’s Hollywood portrait lighting.  I enjoyed that, and the way that raking overhead light accentuated curvilinear ripples in the trunk.