Your favourite Square Trees

Becky’s Square Photo challenge: Past Squares

Here is your favourite #SquareTree judged on number of likes. This was about Bottle Trees in my nearest town

This photo of a not tree drew the most comments

and this was the one that was the least liked tree

Square Trees Supplementary – The Collection

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

I had these ready to go but other photos seem to take over. I have a certain fascination for boxes especially wooden boxes. Yes this is another thing I try to keep under control but some times….well you know how it is. They mostly have a purpose.

There were a lot of tree songs that didn’t make the cut either

Falling out of Trees by Barcelona – soft and slow
Kissing Tree by Spencer Lee Band – funky with a groove
Treefingers by Radiohead – quite atmospheric
In my Tree by Pearl Jam – bit rockier

Here is a small sample of the boxes from big to small, some toys and a few of my other “addiction” – Elephants, these are some made from wood.

These wooden suitcases hold my photos I try to sell and other items when I go to the markets. I am looking for a leather handle for the one on the left.

I use this recycled box I bought as a display stand. The wooden stool on the right, my grandfather made.

An old looking reproduction box

Just one of the elephants

Three small boxes. One quite old and I like the other two with inlays. The bottom one is maybe from India like the Indian Elephants on the left. There are three that fir inside each other

Some wooden toys I have found at the markets most likely some Grandpa’s shed projects.

This photo is an after thought, also not square (sorry Becky). A wonderful pull along toy on a chair me Grandfather also made.

I like this one. It is Bamboo with a felt lining. Maybe at one time held coasters, now holds match boxes near the fireplace.

This is one of the large boxes. It is filled with photo frames I have bought and they get used every now and then. It was a tool box and has a few compartments.

It has been used in the past to hold the Christmas presents with the Christmas bears and others standing guard

One of my favourite big boxes. It has a green flock lining. The hard to read engraving on the outside show the box was used by The Crown Cork Company from Southall Middlesex England but I cannot find a date

Of course there are quite a number more but that’s enough I reckon. Thanks for hanging around with me and my square trees and a bit of music. Some of the songs I haven’t heard before so it was good to enjoy some new music with you. I wonder what October Squares will bring us?

Square Trees #30 – the Tallowwood Tree

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

A while ago I wrote a blog about the Bloodwood trees on my place. So to continue on, here is a bit about the Tallowwood Tree, one of my favourite trees.

A song to help you get through a rather long post

The Tallowwood, Eucalyptus microcorys, can grow to around 60 metres in height. The bark is a reddish-brown colour and orange underneath. The bark is flaky and quite soft. The timber of the Tallowwood has many uses and is a very durable timber. It was a favourite in the past as a flooring timber. The heartwood ranges in colour from pale to dark yellow-brown. The sapwood is a whitish colour. The texture of the timber is moderately coarse, generally with interlocked grain, giving it’s durability. A characteristic is the almost greasy feel of the wood hence the name.

“Historically, Tallowwood has been used for bearings, mallet heads, mauls, wheel spokes, and tool handles. Current engineering applications include wharf and bridge construction (as sawn and round timber), railway sleepers, cross-arms, poles, piles and mining timbers. Construction uses range from unseasoned framing to dressed timber cladding, internal and external flooring, linings and joinery. Tallowwood is also used in fencing, landscaping and the construction of retaining walls. Decorative uses include outdoor furniture, turnery and joinery. Other applications include boat building, the construction of coaches, carriages and agricultural machinery, and structural plywood.” – https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/wood-species/tallowwood

This photo (not square) conveys how tall they are a bit more than the above photo

The tangle of branches

The fire on my place burnt some trees more than others. The Tallowwood bark being flaky is susceptible to fire running up the bark and into the crown. This tree only had the lower portion burnt.

Close up of the burnt bark showing the flaky outer burnt but the under bark intact

What the bark normally looks like showing the different colours

This is a wound on the tree – right hand side – where the bark has grown over the scar

Like the Bloodwood, Tallowwoods also exude a bit of sap from an opening where insects or possums have dug under the bark

The flowers are a soft fluffy white

and are quite prolific this year. So many flower and the buds showing there is more to come.

The Tallowwood is a great source of food. There have been so many different types of insects collecting pollen and nectar. Can you see the insects flying about? So many small black dots

Birds also use Tallowwoods for food. This is a White-throated Honeyeater probably after an insect.

Grey-crowned Babblers tearing at the bark to find some insects to eat.

I hope you have enjoyed a bit about the Tallowwood Trees on my place. The big Tree I wanted to photograph was too hard to get to from all the fallen timber after the fire. It is the Grandfather Tallowwood and is probably has a six metre girth. Three people holding hands around the tree would most likely be able to. The other one which is at the end of a track and on the edge of a clearing which was one of my favourite sights when in the bush didn’t survive being burnt, It looked OK after the fire but slowly died. I didn’t have the heart to include a photo.

Square Trees #28 – in my town

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

The nearest town to my place is Grafton. It hosts an annual floral festival, the oldest in Australia where the town spend ten days of purple madness and fun. Set when the Jacaranda Trees are in flower, this year from 29 October to 7 November, the town is awash in purple from the townsfolk dressed in purple to the magnificent trees showing all their glory.

Here is your song for today

The trees do look a treat

I love the purple of the trees against a grey sky, which seems to happen most years as it is also the start of our wet season.

The mass of flowers is great but they individual flowers look good as well.

While writing this post I also thought of a photo I posted many years ago. The building I was working in had a Jacaranda Tree close by. One day I noticed there was something in the tree. Sorry Becky, it’s not square.

Square Trees #26 – Fig Tree Avenue

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

In my town of Grafton, there is an avenue of Fig Trees. This is one of my favourite places and a great tourist draw card. During Summer it is so cool in the street. Of course it is in the posh end of town with the river over to the right.

Anyway, here’s your song for today

Square Trees #24 – big tree blue sea

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

Todays square tree is a Pandanus Tree
Pandanus tectorius is a small tree which can reach 5-6 metres in height comprising separate male and female trees. The leaves have short spines along the edges and on their midribs. The plants are supported at the base by prop roots which help to anchor the plant in sandy soil. The tree may flower throughout the year. Female plants produce large pineapple-like fruits comprised, when ripe, of yellow, red or orange segments containing the individual seeds.
Parts of the fruit of the Pandanus are edible and it is reported to form a major source of food in Micronesia. The ripe segments of the fruit and the seeds can be roasted and eaten.

Your song for today

This is a great place to sit and watch for whales

The roots certainly have a good hold on the ground and are spreading down the cliff edge.

You may remember my Monday Portrait last Monday of the little fellow sitting in the tree. He was a pandanus nut, one of the segments of the fruit of the Pandanus Tree

A lovely shady spot on a warm day