For a birthday treat, we visited the Yarra Ranges National Park. We took a short walk up Dom Dom Saddle, just off the highway that runs along ‘Black Spur’. The track runs along a ridge in the water catchment (so no walking off the path!). One side of the saddle had been burnt out in the 2009 bushfires, but others survived with a few blackened trunks. These are Mountain Ash or Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest flowering tree in the world. And they are indeed tall, and skinny. This individual was the thickest that we spotted.
This is either a Callistemon (Bottlebrush) or a Melaleuca (Paperbark); apparently they are so closely related that botanists aren’t sure how to divide them. So I’m not going to try to identify the exact species. Needless to say, some variety is flowering all over Melbourne with magnificent red brushes. With the green foliage, they look very festive.