Eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
The island of Ghoramara is located on a delta region in West Bengal, India. A rise in sea levels has washed away more than 50% of Ghoramara island since the 1980s, prompting two-thirds of its population to leave. The continually receding shore and vanishing vegetation leave behind a coast of sediment holding an ironic beauty of its own amid the increasingly barren shores. Daesung Lee, an international photojournalist, situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island.
These rare primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia. They only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.
An island off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is home to hundreds of plants found nowhere else on earth like the Dragon’s Blood Tree and Desert Rose looking like a blooming elephant leg. There are almost no roads on the island, which is also home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.
Photo: Bruce Hood
The SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was built in 1911. During World War II was used to transport supplies to American troops in the Pacific. It was sold in 1950 and operated as a collier on the sixty-miler run between Newcastle and Sydney, until 1972 that the ship was brought to the Homebush Bay, its final resting place.
More than 100 years since its launch nature has taken over, turning the ship into a beautiful little floating forest.