drawing on leaves


There are a lot of Tasmanian Blue Gums planted around Canberra.  Many of them have been under stress in recent years due to the ongoing below average rainfall and in some cases direct impact of fire.  Anyway this has caused many to produce new shoots from the base that bear leaves in the juvenile form – broader and when new, covered with a white waxy coating.  This coating is easily scratched into, allowing a drawing to be made.  The whiteness doesn’t seem to grow back – this leaf looked just the same a week later.  I wonder if any permanent mark will be left as the leaf matures and the rest of the wax is removed by the elements.


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