Saturday 23 February 2008 - I'm cheating already - we are in the middle of a heatwave, over 40 degrees celsius - its sweltering and I'm not inclined to go outside.
I photographed this last December in bushland at Mt Cotton, not far from here. This is a closeup of a Scribbly Gum Eucalyptus Tree. It's a large attractive tree with a creamy white trunk. The distinctive brownish 'scribbles' are made by the larvae of the tiny Scribbly Gum Moth.
The eggs of this moth are laid between the old and new season's bark - As the larva burrows between the bark layers it leaves a tunnel which is revealed when the old bark falls away.
Artistic isn't it!!
Scribbly-Gum - by Judith Wright
The cold spring falls from the stone.
I passed and heard
the mountain, palm and fern
spoken in one strange word.
The gum-tree stands by the spring.
I peeled its splitting bark
and found the written track
of a life I could not read.