The angophora tree, also known as the smooth barked apple, is distinctive a distinctive tree in the larger Sydney basin. It sheds its bark in Sunner revealing a range of vibrant colours undernieth. Importantly this varies through a cycle of tones each year. Like this tree a soft pink with purple undertones, Then a vibrant orange followed by a deeper maroon red. This Pinting is an Oil on Linen measuring 750mmx1050mm. It is a metaphore of hope. Having had a hard start and clinging to s steep rocky sloope the tree has survived to be a giant.
Figure in Landscape No 15 2005
“Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…” Romans 5:3-5
The final stage of struggle: this tree is the epitome of hope. Its majestic and healthy trunk is bathed in the most amazing coloured robes. It is not until you look at the roots of this tree and consider its hold on a steep slope that you realize this tree was born in suffering. Then its’ size and its’ grandeur assures us that there is always hope in suffering.
The angophora is a unique tree of all our trees. It has the ability to grow its roots in, around, and over rocks in an amazing way. It also changes colour from a soft grey in winter to startling oranges, pinks and purples when it sheds its bark around Christmas. The colour is also cyclic over three years depending on the seasonal conditions. For a short time the bush is ablaze with these wonderful colours and the ground littered with bark confetti, only to be washed grey in the summer rains.
Painted off the Putty rd Colo it is typical of the trees to be found in the Hawkesbury, the greater Sydney basin, and the Woolami National park.
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Photo taken in Womerah NSW 2756, Australia
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