Tree trunks and sprouting leaves in the wet tropical rainforest

Rainforest tree trunks

Leaves sprouting from a tree trunk in the rainforest

Rainforest 1 – 3:  Looking back at some of the wondrous Nature seen on a trip of my lifetime to the wet tropical rainforest in Queensland, Australia, in 2011.

Eucalyptus Bark Patterns 2

Reminding me of the wonderful time that I spent in Australia a few years back, these photographs were actually taken in Kew Gardens near London, England. I am simply fascinated with the way the bark peels away to reveal layers of different, sometimes very subtle colours; and the infinitely variable way that the tree trunk divests itself of the older bark in strips resulting in abstract designs. The pictures represent many individual trees and species of this genus, each with its own characteristic hues, patterns and textures.

Natural Patterns at Cairns Botanic Gardens

It is cold today. I wanted to think of a time and place where it was much warmer. I thought back to the holiday I spent in Queensland, Australia, several years ago. It is a wet tropical region and the vegetation is luxurious in the Daintree Rainforest. We did explore the wild as best we could but there was nothing to beat visits to Cairns Botanic Gardens where we could enjoy the wonderful plants without so many of the attendant dangers. Here is a gallery of some of the amazing and beautiful natural plant patterns, colours and textures that I photographed among the vegetation in these fabulous gardens.