Monday, 23 April 2007

Tree naming – rainforest lesson

There are easy grade but longish forest tracks joining Falconbridge and Springwood. At this stage I have only made brief forays into the beginning of the tracks from each side – one day when I have more time and energy I will do the full walk.

Photo: Fairy Dell, Springwood.

Being a little lower down the mountain (hence warmer) and moist, the growth is lush and a perfect spot for me to identify rainforest trees after my earlier tree naming lessons on 4 February, 6 February, 19 February and 4 April

Sassafras
Turpentine
Pittosporum
Lilly Pilly
Casuarina
Coachwood

How’s that? And not one of them is a eucalypt.

Words to walk with:
With Anzac Day coming up on Wednesday this poem seems a good fit.
From Naming the Parts by Henry Reed
"To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got."

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