Sunday, 27 April 2008

An anniversary

It's a year since I started this blog. I thought it would be an occasional blog, maybe putting up a post every couple of weeks, but there are so many interesting things in the natural world to photograph and write about. Judging by comments received and number of visits there seem to be a few interested readers and that encourages me to keep on blogging. And I enjoy reading other nature blogs as well - especially those few that are written by Australians. I'd love to see a few more Aussies joining in.

One of the few plants flowering in the Brisbane Ranges last week was the Mitchell's Wattle Acacia mitchellii. It's a small shrub of the sandy heaths, mainly in the west of Victoria. I was surprised to see it flowering because it usually flowers July to January. The beautiful little globules are very pale - most wattle flowers are a brighter yellow. Once again I think I've managed to inadvertently photograph a creature lurking in the depths of a flower (front right). It blends in very well. Really I should take more time and really investigate the whole plant before rushing on.

Mitchell's Wattle


Junior Lepid said...

Happy 1st Anniversary, boobook.

I'm one of those visitors! I check in when I can and always enjoy your pages.

I agree, blogging cannot just be an occasional activity. Not with nature, anyway. There is so much out there worthy of addition.

I'm finding the learning experience (research) stimulating and I am extremely grateful to the person who suggested I begin a Blog.

flipsockgrrl said...

Oh, I hope you do continue, Bushranger :-) I discovered your blog only a few months ago, and have enjoyed learning from you about the local flora (I live in Leopold).

Lynette Weir said...

Hello Bookbook
I love this time of year when we get so many wattles flowering. This is a lovely subtle species.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Boobook
Sorry to have left my visit so long...
Keep on Blogging. The world needs more Nature bloggers, especially Aussie ones.

Re your "creature", I think it is just a collection of unopened buds within the Acacia flower head. If you look to the right, you will see a set of buds which all look somewhat similar.

So, likely to be buds, not a Caterpillar.

But I often find flower spiders inside Orchids, but only aftwer I put the photos up o the computer screen, so I know what you meant.