Banksia

The Banksia is a native Australian tree or bush. The following three images illustrate perfectly the life of the flower spike which is much sort after as a food source by nectarivorous animals, including birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a host of invertebrates. The flowers are also of an economic importance to the Australian nursery and flower industry.

These images were taken at the Geelong Botanic Gardens in autumn. The first photograph shows the flower in its perfect state.

The flower spike of a Banksia

The flower spike of a Banksia

The next image shows a flower spike after it has been visited by a nectar seeking bird or other animal.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

And, finally, a flower spike which has no, or very little, nectar left to share.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

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Empty Seat in the Park

The following photograph is from my walk through the Botanic Gardens yesterday. Several years ago I began a project which I called Empty Seat in the Park and every now and then I add an image to it.

Empty Seat in the Park - on a sunny Winter's day

Empty Seat in the Park – on a sunny Winter’s day

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Monterey Cypress

The following image was created at the Botanic Gardens in Colac. It is of a Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) a native tree of California. I find that tree trunks make great black and white images and that was how I saw this one.

A Monterey Cypress growing in the Colac Botanic Gardens

A Monterey Cypress growing in the Colac Botanic Gardens

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Bougainvillea

The Bougainvillea spectabilis, is a native plant of Brazil however this image was taken at the Botanic Gardens in Colac, Victoria, Australia.

Bougainvillea spectabilis - native to Brazil

Bougainvillea spectabilis – native to Brazil

Bougainvillea spectabilis

Bougainvillea spectabilis

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Claret Ash

This week my project has been Autumn Colour.

The image below is of the Claret Ash, Raywoodii (Fraxinus oxycarpa) taken at the Botanic Gardens in Colac, Victoria, Australia.

Not all the autumn colour was on the trees.

Not all the autumn colour was on the trees.

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Crepe Myrtle

It is late Autumn in Australia, and the exotic trees are showing their true colours as we approach Winter.

The following images are of the Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei) Natchez, taken at the  Botanic Gardens in Colac, Australia.

 

The beautiful autumn colours of the Natchez hybrid Crepe Myrtle

The beautiful autumn colours of the Natchez hybrid Crepe Myrtle

In summer this Crepe Myrtle would be a mass of small white flowers, its beauty is now the colour of its leaves.

In summer this Crepe Myrtle would be a mass of small white flowers, its beauty is now the colour of its leaves.

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The Lipstick Tree

The following image was taken taken yesterday at the the Botanic gardens in Colac.

It is of an Acer rubrum or Lipstick Tree. Its vivid red autumn colouring made it stand out.

In late autumn splendour - Acer rubrum

In late autumn splendour – Acer rubrum

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Glory Bush

Tibouchina are trees or shrubs growing from half a metre to 25 metres in height, and are native to Mexico, the Caribbean and South America (particularly Brazil.

These images were taken in the Botanic Gardens at Colac, near where I live.

Glory Bush (Tibouchina urvilleana)

Glory Bush (Tibouchina urvilleana)

The next image shows my love of getting up very close with the subject when photographing flowers.

Tibouchina - getting up close

Tibouchina – getting up close

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Dahlia

On my walk through the Botanic Gardens at Colac I noticed that some of the Dahlia blooms were still showing well.

Dahlia

Dahlia

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Lantana

Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial plants of the Verbena family. It is native to the tropical areas of the Americas and Africa. It was introduced to Australia where it became intrusive and is now considered a noxious weed. Over the years about 30 different species of insects have been introduced to combat the lantana however their introduction has caused an other set of problems.

I was very surprised to find Lantana growing in the Botanic Gardens at Colac. However, despite being a noxious weed, I do think it has a pretty flower.

A noxious weed - Lantana

A noxious weed – Lantana

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