Saturday, June 12, 2004

A drive in the country

A beautiful assignment - out in the countryside on a sunny winter's day. The new Forester loved it for it was a first chance to be off road - along dirt tracks, through gates and across the landscape to a eucalyptus arboretum. 900 varieties of eucalypts and 7000 trees. What diversity. Such splendid, extraordinary trees are eucalypts. They look so ancient and their seed pods often look primeval, but they turn out to be one of the more recent species around - still speciating, said the eucalyptologist.
It was a joyful day to be out there among that splendid vegetation - and, oh, the scent! The air of the landscape was heady with it - that fresh perfume which somehow we feel is in our blood. The fragrance of Australia.

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