A quick visit to the Imperial Valley (and the sun) to escape the Seattle grey for a few days. At the end of the driveway where we stay, there are several Eucalyptus spathulata, commonly called Swamp Mallet. A mallet or marlock is a small tree-form or shrubby Eucalyptus found in Western Australia. (When we first heard of the tree, we heard it as “Swamp Molly” – as in a girl from the bayou.) At night the egrets come in to roost in these tree and it can smell quite rank underneath because of all the crawdads the birds eat.