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Wildflowers

Discussion in 'Photography' started by nananut, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. nananut

    nananut Well-Known Member

    Thought I start a wildflowers thread since it's spring. Took the long way back home to Kalgoorlie and did a few detours following a couple of tracks running parallel to highway from Burracoppin to Karalee Rock, stopping along some of the POIs on the Golden Pipeline Trail which follows the water pipeline from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie.

    These were taken under cloudy conditions so it was hard to brighten them up much so I brought the colours of the flowers out instead.
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  2. nananut

    nananut Well-Known Member

  3. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Great idea for a photo thread .
    Jean takes a few when we are out looking for fungi .
    Here's a Wattle blossom at Marysville , taken with her iPhone 5SE ,with camera plus app set to macro.
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  4. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Beautiful Grevillea Reggie , I wonder what strain it is ?
     
  5. nananut

    nananut Well-Known Member

    Thanks but don't ask me anything about flowers or birds. I just take the photos. lol.
     
  6. greysrigging

    greysrigging Well-Known Member

    Iconic wildflowers of the Pilbara.....purple Mulla Mulla and Sturts Desert Rose IMG_3530.JPG IMG_3531.JPG
     
  7. ULost2

    ULost2 Well-Known Member

    You cannot beat WA for wild flowers. My camera is over there ATM; while I'm stuck here. When driving to the wa north each week I can clearly remember watching how the line of wild flowers moved further south each week. And it was a rather distinct line ; sort of there are flowers then there are none
    These are oldies
    wild growing pretty weed [broken hill]
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    another weed ............ not sure now; maybe a native that can kill live stock [broken hill]
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    sturt desert pea [broken hill] Apparently to get these to grow from seed you need heat the seed as per a bush fire
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    Better have a look locally for some new and better pics. Been wet enough to get plenty of flowers although we missed all the big rain of the last few weeks though
     
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  8. Aaron Schubert

    Aaron Schubert Moderator

    Great pics! They are saying its WA's best wildflower season in about 10 years; so will have to get out and check them out!

    Aaron
     
  9. greysrigging

    greysrigging Well-Known Member

    Still amazes me the diversity and beauty of Pilbara wildflowers. How do the bloody things grow in in this gravel > 297310_277345088948934_7184046_n.jpg 315051_278410608842382_3455312_n (1).jpg 293397_278396965510413_3107080_n.jpg
     
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  10. oldlux

    oldlux Well-Known Member

    Yeah the flora diversity up there is amazing I reckon, when I did the CSR there were these little trees, only about a foot or so high and I kept meaning to get a photo of them but alas I moved out of their range before doing so. They were like bonsai trees and I have no clue what species they were, any clues?
     
  11. tadpole

    tadpole Active Member

    Driving from Perth to Leinster a few weeks ago there were everlastings as far as the eye could see from just north of Wubin, up to Paynes Find and then most of the way across to Sandstone. Pretty impressive.
     
  12. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Thats a magnificent photo Ian
     
  13. nananut

    nananut Well-Known Member

    Went out today with someone from interstate to show her the local area a bit. Found more flowers IMG_20160921_164942.jpg IMG_20160921_165014.jpg IMG_20160921_165121.jpg IMG_20160921_165147.jpg IMG_20160921_165207.jpg IMG_20160921_173005.jpg IMG_20160921_173030.jpg
    Interesting to note that there hasn't been a bush fire in this area in over 8 years that I've been in town so no idea how the Sturt Desert Peas are doing well just by the road side.
     
  14. greysrigging

    greysrigging Well-Known Member

    I've noticed that Sturts Desert Pea thrives on disturbed ground ie roadside verges etc. Almost impossible to cultivate in the home garden but looks a million dollars on an iron ore tailings dump for some reason..... IMG_0532.JPG
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    The Mulla Mulla is the same, if the hand of man disturbes the soil, the Mulla Mulla takes full advantage.
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    Dunno what this one is called, but the flowers look similar to bush tomato. IMG_0619.JPG
     
  15. greysrigging

    greysrigging Well-Known Member

    Sometimes what we think are wildflowers are in fact noxious weeds
    This one is called Ruby Dock, photographed at Alice Springs in 2010. It thrives in arid regions and is a declared weed in WA and the NT
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    And this evil bastard is called Harrisia Cactus....pretty flower that infests the countryside west of Towoomba.
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  16. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    With nothing much going on in the way of Fungi at the moment , Jean took some shots of fauna up near the top of Mt Terrible track today.
    Dunno if the 1st photo is a weed or not.
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  17. BIGCOL

    BIGCOL Well-Known Member

    I meant to get back to you on the names of these plants Rick, I'm a bit of an amateur botany nut as well as other things. The first is indeed native Tetratheca Ciliata, I think its common name is Pink Bells. You can see it as close to Melbourne as Warrandyte. The second pic is of Victoria's floral emblem Epacaris Impressa commonly called the Common or Pink Heath, yours is the white form and the last pic is I think Acacia Dealbata, the Silver Wattle. There is a Black Wattle that is similar but you have to look closely at the leaves to tell them apart.
    Lovely pics Jean.

    Col.

    PS Flora not Fauna Ha!
     
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  18. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the names of the plants. I like to know what I am looking at, but didn't know where to start. The Common Heath I knew and am amazed at the wide variety of colours that we see of the Pink Heath, from pale pink, to almost magenta (around Walhalla). Is the Black Wattle the one that is from the Blackwood tree? or am I on the wrong track!
    I will be looking for more flowers now that the fungi are disappearing back to where they came from. I made up some photo books and had fun researching the names of the fungi. I love taking photo's and really enjoy your beautiful photographs and excellent, detailed trip reports.
    Jean (Mrs Spooner)
     
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  19. BIGCOL

    BIGCOL Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jean,
    A bit of a mutual admiration thing we have going here with you and Rick, it's great to communicate with others who appreciate the same things. The Common heath as you have said comes in many colours, the deep red is one of my favourites. The Blackwood is Acacia Melannoxylon, it is found in damper areas, along creeks etc. It is the largest of all our wattles (grows the tallest), it has a number of common names hence the need to try and remember the latin or botanical name as that never changes Ha! Plus it may impress others !!!!
    What is known as the Black Wattle is Acacia Mearnsii, that and the Silver Wattle are fairly similar and one of those is what your third pic is, they can be found on ridges etc like where you took your photo. Hope that is not too confusing but it is good to have a little bit of knowledge, you get so much more enjoyment out of each excursion and discovery.
    Regards from Col.
     
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  20. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Thank You again, I did google the Black Wattle - Blackwood tree and it is the Blackwood tree. I spent time in Tasmania and did the Furniture design course at Tas Uni, so I am interested in the timber species as well.
    Looks like this is another excuse to add to my book collection - Wildflowers of Victoria. More research.
    Regards Jean.
     
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