Taken in an arboretum in the West Midlands, this clump of Eucalyptus trees just cried out to be photographed. I used an infrared filter in the software to create the effect. Photograph by Joan Jordan ARPS.
The West Midlands is an area of the country that you can find several well established Arboretums. Wikepedia gives the following information;
An arboretum (plural: arboreta) in a narrow sense is a collection of trees only. Related collections include a fruticetum (from the Latin frutex, meaning shrub), and a viticetum, a collection of vines. More commonly, today, an arboretum is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study. An arboretum specializing in growing conifers is known as a pinetum. Other specialist arboreta include saliceta (willows), populeta, and querceta (oaks).
The term arboretum was first used in an English publication by John Claudius Loudon in 1833 in The Gardener’s Magazine but the concept was already long-established by then.
As a young lad I remember going to Walsall Arboretum to see firework displays over the lake, which I believe still goes on today!