Often I sit and look at the trees…since childhood I have loved to watch trees, the leaves changing directions to lessen the surface area exposed to the sun. Watching the shadows, sometimes thin, leaf shape shadows cast by overhead sun…later in the day long shadows, darker and more dense. The colour of shadows changing with the time of the day…shadows and shade important in the heat of Kalgoorlie. Many beautiful gums trees I remember from my childhood, the smell of the blossoms…sweet and pretty, the little golden dollops of pollen on the ends of bright pink or deep red stamens…the unique aroma of the gum nut caps.
We used to make necklaces with those little caps, just a needle and a little thread and lots of time, patience and care was all that was needed. The variety in colour and shape made our string of caps interesting. I loved the smaller caps, though they were a little more fiddly to pierce with the needle, sometimes they broke, but we never gave up. What a beautiful memory of childhood creative fun!
While writing this I was sitting in a car park, one created to resemble the bush and give shade to the cars…how thoughtful, and unusual, of the planners. The variety of trees a delight, I played with myself, a game of guessing the names of them…once I knew many, but not needing to sprout those names, these days, they have slipped into the unused recesses of the brain. Not so the delicious aroma…in the heat of the day the smell that stood out the most was the lemon scented gum… I remember its name! The aroma of the Australian bush is unique, spicy, wonderful and my fertile brain starts to imagine…making up stories… my painter brain just wants to get out the paint brushes…when I get home I think to myself!
So expect to see a new work soon of the blossoms of the flowering gums.