Photo of the day – National Tree Day
This image is of a Lemon Myrtle tree seedling, also known as ‘Backhousia citriodora’ was photographed in the studio at the Museum. The Australian National Botanic gardens reports the Backhousia genus has seven species and this particular native tree is also referred to as Lemon Ironwood, Lemon-scented Myrtle and Sweet Verbena Tree.
This image is a composite shot with the background having been taken on the NSW South Coast; the two images have then been layered together in Photoshop. This has been photographed for National Tree Day which is held on the last Sunday each July. This is the biggest community, tree-planting effort by many Australians around the nation. It aims to educate people on the benefits of planting native trees to reduce serious environmental issues, such as salinity and erosion and promote the benefits this type of planting has for native fauna.
Photography by Geoff Friend
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