Feuilles de pin de Wollemi (Wollemia nobilis) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hello bloggers, or should I say boogers, Ivan here.
We went for a walk in the bush this morning and I took some pictures to show you what it is like in the world!
Have you every wondered what the difference is when people say, ‘this is a ‘softwood’ or ‘hardwood’?
It is a classification of trees into two broad groups- it gets confusing because a ‘softwood’ is a PINE tree, or nettle leafed tree, and the timber from a PINE tree is usually soft too- but not always.
They are an ancient coniferfious plant (another way to say PINE tree)- the key difference being the leaves of a ‘softwood’ or PINE- are nettles. This type of tree is ancient- in the case of the wollemi pine, this tree is genetically identical to fossils found and dated to 250 million years old- now thats old. Pine trees are the great survivors of our world! What were you doing 250 Million years ago? I was stardust and a twinkle in an apes eye.
regards Ivan: Kirton Fine Parquetry
- Thoughts on White Pines and other plants… (goingtoseedinzone5.wordpress.com)
- We have trees!! (lobotomyplease.com)
The bark of a tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tree trunk complete with hearwood, pith and radial lines (Photo credit: Horia Varlan)
Tasmania, Styx valley. This Eucalyptus regnans, named El Grande by the Wilderness Society, was the most massive in the Styx Valley. It could not legally be logged because its height exceded 80 metres. It was accidentally killed in 2002 during the burning-off of debris after the trees around it were clear-felled by Gunns Ltd, the major logging and wood-chip enterprise in Tasmania’s State Forests. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A tree is a living thing that uses the light from the sun, and the water, minerals and salts contained in the soil to grow.
The tree uses its bark, which has different layers, to transport minerals and water up through the trunk and into the leaves. This is where it gets turned via photosynthysis into sap that is then distributed down the tree and turns into more bark. The leaves also need carbon from the air to do this and this is why a tree is amazing.
A tree can turn an invisible gas into something tangable and able to be seen by us, a bit like quantum physics when we can only measure something by observing it, when we dont observe it is something else completely. If a tree falls in the woods is anyone to hear it? Im not sure because i dont live in the woods at present, I like the comforts of the city. But I do go camping sometimes but my wife will complain also.
Black Butt timber is a member of the eucalyptus family is and an Australian hardwood in plentiful supply. It is characterised by an even creamy colour and interesting wavy grain, that has cathedral shaped grain indispersed throughout. It is a hard and durable specie and is quite famous in australia. This is a world class timber with a distinctly Aussie flavour. Ensure you get these floors installed by professional people as a well installed and sanded timber floor will last a lifetime and add significant value to your home!
Leaf and flower bud cluster of the Australian Eucalyptus angophoroides , Apple-topped Box (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A Eucalyptus tree with the sun shining through its branches. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- eucalyptus leaves (poodlewalks.wordpress.com)
- Eucalyptus goes offshore (abc.net.au)