White is for freshly stripped bark

The suburbs have turned into a catwalk of trees showing off their new costumes. It’s a transformation made for summer: Shedding the old tight winter bark to reveal a fresh new skin. Stripped free from their old overcoat, tree trunks shine like porcelain polished in anticipation of important dinner guests.

A pair of North Shore Eucalypts
Showing off the new skin – a pair of North Shore Eucalypts (E. saligna possibly?)

The old bark crunches in protest, curling and twisting on hot pavements. It cuts into soft soles. Some skin remains resilient and holds on to creases and crevices.

A little patch of skin holds onto this magnificent Eucalypt
A little patch of skin holds onto this magnificent Eucalypt

Like a make-up artist softly blurring harsh surfaces some trunks are touched up with a patina of powder.

Eucalyptus branch finely dusted
Eucalyptus branch finely dusted

Twist your heads, look up! Suburban sidewalks are turned into catwalks, forests into fields of fashion. Thrown down grey barks for a white celebration of summer.

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