Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

The colorful background of an unusual tree.

These trees have a potent smell and an even more distinct look to them. The actual tree itself is colored like a rainbow. And no, they have not been painted, just see for yourself.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is indigenous to the northern hemisphere in Asia. The tropical forests in which they live, receive a great deal of rainfall throughout the year make it possible for them to thrive. In their natural environment, the eucalyptus tree can climb up to 250 feet and nearly six to eight feet in diameter.

Even though these trees are in Asia, some can also be found in the United Sates as well. Places where the climate is warmer, such as Hawaii and Texas, allow the tree to live substantially. However, the trees growing in the United States only reach heights of 100 to 125 feet.

The bark reveals its true colors after the bark from the previous season peels off. The peeling of the bark leaves the tree with colors such as reds and oranges to blue and grays. However, if the tree grows outside of its natural habitat which are the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the colors are usually not as intense and vibrant.

The tree will also produce white flowers and wide leaves. Even though the leaves can be crushed up to make eucalyptus oil, they do not produce as much as the other eucalyptus species. Instead, they are used in the Philippines for making paper.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Making Hard Work Feel Easy Is All About How You Approach It

Hard work doesn't always have to be treacherous and difficult.


For the past few weeks, I have been working at Rock Springs 4-H Center in the horse barn. It is hard work: getting 28 horses in every morning, feeding, watering, grooming, fly spraying, saddling, bridling, lining up for a trail ride, giving multiple rides a day-- sometimes even 10 rides a day-- teaching kids how to ride and learn more about horses, watering horses throughout the day.

And finally being able to unsaddle those 28 horses, return their specified tack to their specified spot and turn them all out of an evening. It is a long day, where us wranglers usually end up covered in dirt and smelling more horse than human and showing up late for staff meal times.

It is long, hard and strenuous work, but I love it regardless. I knew coming out to Rock Springs was going to be long, hot days with horses that can be kind of moody. When I tell my family what I do daily at the barn they are kind of shocked, the activity is pretty hard, but to me, these last few weeks have been nothing short of fun and great times with my fellow staff members at Rock Springs and my fellow barn staffers.

For me, making hard work feel easy is all about how you approach it. Yeah, working at the barn is long days where I usually glisten with sweat, and not in an attractive way, and my feet feel like an eighteen-wheeler has run them over they hurt so bad, But I look at the fun times, stories and memories I am making with my fellow staff members.

Though we are working hard and making sure every kid and animal is safe, the entire barn staff loves to tell stories and jokes to keep morale up. Cheesy and pathetic puns have become a day-to-day phrase in the barn and no matter how cheesy or stupid they may sound, they always bring a small smile to people's faces. We have a speaker going playing music, because the barn is just TOO quiet, and we jam to everything from country to 80s rock. Thankfully, we all have pretty similar tastes in music.

We talk goofy and pretend we are the horses voicing their opinions about us, the other horses or anything and everything under the sun. We, as an entire Rock Springs staff, wear Hawaiian shirts on Wednesday, because why not? And we wear tie-dye shirts on Friday to keep the fun alive. We are constantly trying to have a good time because I can guarantee, if I'm having fun and loving my job, that's going to transfer into the kids, adults and everyone else I meet to have a great time too and learn something along the way. Like my many random fun facts about horses.

But my point is, hard work can be as hard or as easy as you make it. You can make it feel like you're being tortured throughout the entire day, or you can make cheesy jokes and tell crazy family stories to take everyone's mind off the hard stuff. We always remain thankful too, I cannot count how many times I have been thankful for the breeze on a hot day, my sunglasses, sunscreen or even a single cloud blocking the sun for a few short minutes.

I try and keep a smile on my face through it all and remember how much worse the weather could actually be, please pray that Kansas doesn't have a record-breaking heat wave this summer.

Working together is a huge thing the barn staff and entire Rock Springs staff is doing. We help each other out when we're in need, no matter how small the deed. Just a little help or kindness can change someone's mood for the entire day and maybe even make them feel like they should pass that good deed on to another person and make their day.

Hard work doesn't mean you have to be unhappy. Hard work means you are working on something that takes strength, both mental and physical. It doesn't mean you have to wear a scowl all day and complain. So my tip for you and your work, whether it's hard or not, is to just have fun. Take the little and recognize them as the blessings they are and be happy you get to receive them.

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