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A Flower a Week : #5 Kangaroo Paw

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The spectacular Red and Green Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii is the floral emblem of Western Australia. It is one of about twelve species of the genus Anigozanthos which is restricted to the south-west of Western Australia. The family Haemodoraceae to which it belongs occurs in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and the Americas.

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This is another Kangaroo Paw species, smaller and not so individually spectacular as the Red and Green one but when seen massed in a garden bed they are a stunning sight.

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September is the month King’s Park Botanical Gardens in Perth has its Spring Festival. A glorious celebration of the wild flowers that grow so profusely in Western Australia. Five years ago I achieved a dream of a life time when I spent 3 months travelling the length of WA immersed in the beauty of this regions native wild flowers and culminating in being in Perth for the Spring Festival.

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Nalinki on “Angles and views” is hosting a weekly series called: “Flowersoverflowers”, it will be posted every Tuesday. The idea is to bring some more colorful pics of nature into our blogosphere

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Travel Theme : Details

I find flowers are fascinating in their variety of colours, shapes and intricate details. I try to capture these details. It is often difficult to get sharp images in close up as even the slightest puff of wind can cause the flowers to shimmy and shake, but I still try…

In 2010 I timed our journey of discovery around Australia so that I could be in Western Australia in spring when the wild flowers were in bloom. The sight of carpets of colour stretching to the horizon took me on a 3 month journey from North to South along Western Australia’s trail of flower wonderland.

It was a dream come true for me. Now I have hundreds of images on my hard drive and  I can look at them any time I want to be transported back to that magic time and have a flower fix…

I would like to share some of them with you for this weeks “Travel Theme” from Ailsa.

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The texture of this flower makes me think of delicate tissue paper. I must confess that I do not know many of the flowers names. There are at least 12000 species to be found, they are one of the most spectacular displays in the world.

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Many are very tiny and yet they are vibrant. Look at the scattering of pollen on this dainty plant.

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The Kangaroo Paw is a favourite of mine, the unusual shape and looking closely you can see how the stamens are poised to attract insects and dab them with pollen.

The Princess Gum pops open its flower bud to reveal a powder puff of stamens. Look closer and you will notice the bee busily doing it’s job.

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Orchids come in many shapes, colours and sizes. This is the Donkey Orchid. Can you see why it is called this?

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This is the green hooded orchid. Can you see the detail of a small spider’s web?

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I’m running out of words to describe all these amazing plants.

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Finally this beetle is trying to rival the beauty of the flowers. I think it has succeeded.

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Here is a Johnny Joke for you…

The teacher asked young Johnny to write a sentence using the words defence, defeat and detail.

Johnny thought for a while then put pen to paper.

When he took it to the teacher she read..

“The cow jumped over de fence, de feet before de tail…. “

Have a happy week….

 

 

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