24 June 2012

Another Aussie Icon; the Wattle

Photos taken over this weekend in two differing locations nearby. It's our floral emblem, and according to Australian National Botanic Gardens website  there are some 1350 species of Acacia found throughout the world and close to 1000 of these are to be found here, in Australia.  During any month throughout the year, there is said to be some wattle variety in flower, somewhere.

Green and gold; they're our national colours; our Olympic teams proudly represent their country, wearing green and gold.  









Differing foliages on differing wattles; and while these above may appear more silvery/blue, other wattle leaves may be decidedly green, ovate, or even fern-like. With so many varieties, there's got to be some unique characteristics displayed.




 






Notation: in case you missed Aussie icon post previous to this; you might want to check out the kangaroos here

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29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

You Wattle is beautiful. I love the closeups, so bright and cheery! Wonderful photos, have a great day!

Friend of HK said...

The first picture is a master piece!

Karin M. said...

Wonderful exotic flowers. I've never seen ...
Love greetings, Karin

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i'm in love with the yellow pom pom variety! i don't even like yellow that much, but those are so cool!

Shirley said...

What a brilliant yellow! I love seeing the "icons" of Australia!

Joop Zand said...

Lovely contrast colors.....great shots Carole.

greetings, Joop

Jan Castle said...

Hi Carole,
Thanks for clearing up what a 'wattle' is! They are very pretty...and so many varieties...are they always yellow?
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Filip and Kristel said...

Like the pictures with all the yellow blossoms.

Just top.

Greetings,
Filip

Phil said...

1000 species of just that plant. Wow - I knew there was diversity in Aussie but not that much. I'm glad I am not a plant collector and just a birder as 1000 would be alot of variations of one bird species. Nice colourful pics Carole.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The shots against the blue sky are quite wonderful.

Joyful said...

Just lovely. I love nature.

Lisa Gordon said...

So unusual, and so lovely, Carole.
Love the name!
Wishing you a wonderful beginning to your week!
xo.

Carole M. said...

Thanks all for your enthusiastic comments; the wattle is a bright and cheery flower isn't it just? With a lot of tree-trunks/foliages in bushland surrounds, the wattle certainly adds that special touch especially on a cold morning/day.

Jan: there is one here also which is a very pale lemon to whitish hue. One website I checked said that the flowers range in colour from cream, pale yellow to deep orange. I've never seen an orange-coloured wattle.

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous blooms! Very unique looking (at least for us) and the bright yellow is beautiful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The first one is stunning against the blue sky!

Jeanne said...

These are lovely, and now I know what a wattle is. thank you Carole!

Jean said...

Outstanding captures Carole. The first photo is my fave as well.:)

Nadege, said...

Just gorgeous against that blue sky.

Anni said...

Wow.....incredible colors. And such a delicious lemony yellow to enjoy this fine day to begin my week!!!

Just popping by to thank you for visiting me at my newer Birding Photo Blog the other day...I got behind in my visiting because of some genealogy work online that took most of my time last week!!!

Love your photo shares!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Against the bright blue sky, these flowers certainly stand out!

Bit of Yellow Wall

Liz said...

Gorgeous shots. Your flowers are very unique. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ YACB

Leah H. said...

Lovely, look like cheeseballs:)

Visiting for MYM- hope you can stop by..

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Lyn S said...

Have you noticed that the wattle seems to flower earlier than it used to Carole? I seem to remember it would flower in Spring, now here it is halfway through Winter!

Lovely pics BTW!

Carole M. said...

...it's said because there's so many varieties that somewhere, any month of the year there will be a wattle in flower. Maybe the ones we remember in our childhood were in a differing location. In the Springtime too, there will be wattles flowering still, but maybe not the very ones we're seeing right now.

Pam :) said...

Nature is so vivid and fascinating, isn't it Carol.

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous blooms, I've never seen them before.
Love all the photos, espcially the first.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous captures. Late visiting for Mellow Yellow.

Come and take a peek at my yummy yellow, you can grab a bite if you want to, your comment will absolutely make my heart giggle.

Judy said...

Flamboyant!! That is the word for wattle! Nothing shy about it!!

Geke said...

What a beautiful flower and the color!!! First picture is great, the contrast silver-blue leaves, yellow flowers and bright blue sky...fantastic!