Wildflowers of Western Australia – Part III

@JudyEv (126340)
Bunbury, Australia
August 30, 2016 7:47pm CST
This is the third part of a series showing you the wildflowers we saw on our recent visit to the Mid-West region of Western Australia. They are mostly blue and purple shades with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure. The first photo here is of the nuts of a quandong tree, also called a native peach. It is a hemiparasitic tree meaning it can gain nutrients by photosynthesis but uses the roots of other trees to gain nutrients from the soil. These fleshy fruits will turn red when ripe. When the large seeds are dried, they are ideal as Chinese checker 'men'. Do any of you remember Chinese checkers? Hopefully in the second photo you'll be able to see a bee homing in on the flower. Despite the speed of the camera shot, his wings still appear as a blur. The last two shots are a bit out of place really but shows the beauty and colour of paddocks of canola or rapeseed almost ready for harvest. They're almost as pretty as the carpets of everlastings. And somewhere in our travels we saw these brilliant gazanias, totally out of place but still lovely.
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@jaboUK (54517)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 16
Lovely show Judy. Were the gazanias growing wild? They are beautiful.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Someone has dumped them with some rubbish somewhere and they established themselves.
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@andriaperry (53581)
• United States
31 Aug 16
I love your photos!
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Thanks. We have a nice collection of wildflower photos now.
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@TRBRocks420 (79646)
• Banks, Oregon
31 Aug 16
Beautiful photos and, yes I remember Chinese checkers.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
I think they use plastic little balls now rather than quandong seeds.
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
31 Aug 16
Just fabulous the morning drive through your wildflowers with a cuppa coffee
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Glad you enjoyed the drive. :)
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
31 Aug 16
@JudyEv I have loved all your flowers - the orange ones look like our African Daisies - The African Daisy (Dimorphotheca aurantiaca)
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
@Inlemay They are from South Africa but seem to be called Gazania rigens in taxonomic terms. I might have the name wrong. We have African daisies here too. I don't really know the difference.
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@TheHorse (67260)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Aug 16
Funny, I was just discussing "parasitic" plants with my colleagues today. Both my Indian Warrior and Indian Paintbrush friends gather nutrients from the roots of other plants. Can the fleshy fruits of these plants be eaten?
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Yes. On a previous 4WD trip through an old track we found a bush with ripe quandongs. We stewed them with some apple and had them in pancakes with tinned cream. Very nice!
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@TheHorse (67260)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Aug 16
@JudyEv I take it nobody spent the entire next morning squatting.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
@TheHorse Haha. No, not that I noticed. I certainly didn't. :)
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• United States
31 Aug 16
gorgeous slide show, ms. judy. i'm kinda glad the bees wings t'weren't captured, jest adds to the photo to me anyhow :) that field 'f rapeseed jest looks so soothin' 'n those gazanias? wowzers! don't reckon i've e'er seen so many'n one place. most interestin' 'bout that native peach tree. so enjoyed goin''n this journey with y'all!
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
We've just been into a nearby town cemetery where we were told there were several different kinds of spider orchids. We now have wet shoes and the bottoms of our jeans are wet but we saw nary a one! But we did see some other stuff.
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• United States
31 Aug 16
@JudyEv bless y'all's hearts. i'm glad ya got to see some other schtuff. dunno if'n i'd be goin' round those cemeteries.. some folks find comfort there, sadly such aint true fer myself.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
@crazyhorseladycx There is a lot of uncleared land round the area where the graves were so we were looking there.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
31 Aug 16
another lovely one, I love the blues and the purples in flowers
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
I like the pale lilacs but then I'll see something else a different colour and like that too.
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• Centralia, Missouri
31 Aug 16
@JudyEv I miss actual lilacs they dont grow in texas
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
@Jessicalynnt It was supposed to be too hot in my home town for lilacs but my Mum was able to grow one. They are a lovely shrub.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
28 Sep 16
@JudyEv Those flowers are lovely and different.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I've never bothered too much about them but have got quite keen about hunting them down.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
30 Sep 16
@JudyEv I am glad that you do that for we can get to see them through photos and videos and admire the beauty of the flowers. Good to see you back.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
@silvermist Thank you. I've missed my daily dose of myLot. I will have to make a slideshow I think as there is so much to share.
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@Marty1 (34793)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
31 Aug 16
@judyev I love the picture on the post with that bee gong to go onto the gorgeous flower, You are very talented when it comes to pictures!
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Thanks very much. My husband took the photo but I'll let him know you liked it.
@acelawrites (11832)
• Philippines
31 Aug 16
It is so beautiful. One could really admire the colors of nature.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Flowers appear in many beautiful colours don't they?
@jstory07 (68352)
• Roseburg, Oregon
31 Aug 16
Those wildflowers are very pretty.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Thanks. They are equally as nice as some garden flowers.
@responsiveme (16755)
• India
31 Aug 16
Thanks for taking us on the trip too.:)
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
It was lovely to have you along for the ride. :)
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
31 Aug 16
Yes, I've seen different flowers over the years, but these were definitely some of the prettiest.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Glad you enjoyed seeing them. Being a bit cut off from the rest of the world, I guess quite a few of these aren't seen outside Australia.
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@JohnRoberts (60222)
• Los Angeles, California
31 Aug 16
There is a rainbow coloring to the fluttering wings.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
There is isn't there? Vin did tell me what the shutter speed was but I've forgotten now.
@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
31 Aug 16
Reminds me, a bit, of African Violets
@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
Yes, one does, doesn't it? The one with the furry leaves.
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@xFiacre (4592)
• Ireland
31 Aug 16
@judyev I well remember playing Chinese Checkers but I could never figure out why they were so called. But I lived playing it. Excellent flowers too.