Saturday, December 3, 2011

What if there were no more trees...? - Maree

If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.
- Susan George

W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm - no preliminary sketching

A scenery not far from us on the road to Magaliesburg. Tarlton is host to large plantations of Blue gum trees (Eucalyptus), which were originally planted for the mining industry to be used as supports under-ground in the mines. Although many of the trees have been cleared to make way for progress (and this is on-going), we are still lucky enough to have pockets of these trees on private properties.


  1. There is something expecially inviting about your eucalyptus. A few have been planted around here, but I'd like to see them where they belong ... but it sounds as though they are introduced where you are too. ... Austrailia?

  2. Thanks a lot Elva! Yes, the Eucalyptus were imported from Australia, together with the Black Wattles for the tanning industry, and they have now been declared an invader and they're trying to get rid of it. But the blue gums have been here for so long now, they're almost regarded as indigenous!

  3. Fascinating Maree. I always learn something from you.

  4. Thank you Paula, it really is great what we learn here on this blog!


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