Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Standing tall

This is known as a Rainbow Eucalyptus or "Painted Gum" tree. They are found all over Hawaii and are known by their smooth and colorful bark. These trees intrigued me a lot for some reason. The colored bark really got my attention. I took this top picture with the Sigma 10-20mm lens.

I don't know what kind of tree this one is, I didn't want to make the hike over to get a closer look. I was on vacation after all. I think it is another of the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees.

Both of these photos were taken on our drive to Hana on Maui.


  1. Wow what an amazing tree. Maybe a dumb question... do they smell like Eucalyptus? I love that smell. Amazing view too. Great shots. =)

  2. That's not a dumb question Sandy but to be honest, I didn't really smell anything. It could have been because of my sinus infection or that I was too worried about getting run over while standing on the side of the road to get the picture but I don't remember any smell at all.

  3. Interesting angle on the composition of your tree shot. Carries the eye up the smooth leggy limbs to the high canopy of leaves at the top. Beautiful tree!

    Wonderful tropical feel to this fine landscape image!

  4. Yes I remember seeing these trees in Hawaii, beautiful trees!

    Both good pictures, especially like the top shot with the ultrawide!

  5. It seems to me you did make a lot of stops along on the road to Hana.

    The tree on the bottom is not from Native Hawaiian trees, I'm not sure, but I think it call a Monkey pot tree.

    Back in the 1800's the sugar plantation owners, brougth these trees from Africa to planted on the outskirt of the farm to blocks the wind. Due to fast growth rate, and the flexibility of these trees. The sugar farm owners thoughts it would be benefit to their farm. However, recently it's a major concern to the local government to control the over growth of these trees, after the Sugar plantation collapsed in the 1980's.

  6. Nice info Q! I had know idea. There are a bunch of these trees on the windward side of Maui, you can see them throught some of the big valleys.


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