The drought has broken. For the first time in years, the dams are full and everything is so green and lush that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was another region.
I took these two photos standing at a bend in our driveway: one looking down the drive toward the road, the other looking up the drive toward the house. If I remember, I’ll repeat the photos at the height of summer.
Like many related plants, the conspicuous parts of the flowers of the majority of the species are the stamens, the male parts of the flowers. These surround the central stigma which arises from the flower's ovary. In Eucalyptus and Corymbia the petals and stamens are fused into a cap called an operculum which covers the flowers at the bud stage. As the flower opens the cap is shed. It is, in fact, the operculum which gives Eucalyptus its name (eu, well and calyptos covered). – Australian Native Plants Society