My dears – I want to apologize for my absence – & after this, I will be absent again for a while. I will look through all your blogs. I know there are wonderful things just waiting for me in your posts, but right now – oh my God I am soooooo busy!
So, as a way of apology – Flame trees, flowers, the moon & birds. I don’t know if it’s a native or not – I suspect the latter, but it certainly brightness up the streets.
The Flame tree is one of those trees of beauty and ugliness – depending on the time of year. Right now – its beauty, before the big ugly leaves come and while it’s full of flowers – & birds!
It’s difficult to get a photo of the street & its flame trees but maybe these give you an idea. They’re quite large trees and the scarlet en masse is striking.
This is against the pastel shades of the eastern evening sky
and this against the glow of sunset.
Next a few shots of the flowers themselves. Most of these were taken around or just before sunset, and the flowers really soak up that particular glow
The following were taken earlier in the day – both fine and cloudy:
There is also a flame tree outside the Matilda Bay tearooms, and on this particular day, it was raining and cloudy – a wonderful backdrop to the delicacy of flame tree flowers and branch ends:
Then there is the flame tree and the moon:
Finally – flame tree flowers and birds.
Birds love the flowers. They must be packed full of nectar!
First – Port Lincoln parrots – colourful noisy little ferals from South Australia:
New Holland honeyeater – these were taken at Matilda Bay on a day when it wasn’t raining:
And from the tree around the corner from my house – singing honeyeaters. Very difficult to catch, these little guys – the flit and sing and happily taunt me as I try to take photos 😀
The flowers are fading and falling now, the roads covered in crushed scarlet curves and soon the large ugly leaves will come out. They do give shade, but conceal the astonishing beauty of these trees.
I hope you have enjoyed my apology.