A Gold Mine?! Eucalyptus Macrocarpa?!

Apparently Eucalyptus Macrocarpa, a small tree native to the south west of Western Australia, is a gold mine for nanotechnology applications as it possesses self cleaning and water repellent properties!  It was the unusual and most attractive design and colours of its leaves and flowers that attracted me, as I was blissfully unaware of its future scientific potential until today.

Eucalyptus Macrocarpa (Mottlecah)
Photo credit: foliosus / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

In our last home one beautiful specimen inspired me to paint a bloom – in coloured pencils on Strathmore Bristol Smooth 260 gsm paper.  This was before it dropped all its blooms over a period of a few weeks, clogging the pool filter on a daily basis and changing my viewpoint somewhat!  Temporarily 🙂

E Macrocarpa may indeed provide me with a bit of gold as I’ve created cards and postcards from prints on lovely textured fine art print paper.  I’m delighted that our local visitor information centre is interested in selling them!  I may just be able to continue to support my paper addiction!!

Eucalyptus Macrocarpa Postcard by Helen Lock

Postcard by Helen Lock

Red seemed a suitable colour for today’s post as tomorrow is ANZAC Day in Australia – an occasion of national remembrance for those Australians and New Zealanders that served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Their contribution and suffering is recognised through dawn services, marches and commemorative events – lest we forget!

Until next time,

1 thought on “A Gold Mine?! Eucalyptus Macrocarpa?!

  1. Greg Campbell

    A gold mine indeed! So good to see more and more of your art out there for viewing :-)xx


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