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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wildflowers of Western Australia


"There was a scrap of garden at the back, with a path down the middle, and a fine Australian tree at the end, a tree with pale bark and no leaves, but big tufts of red, spikey flowers. He looked at the flowers in wonder. They were apparently some sort of bean flower, in sharp tufts, like great red spikes of stiff wisteria, curving upwards, not dangling. They looked handsome against the blue sky: but again, extraneous. More like scarlet cockatoos perched in the bare tree, than natural growing flowers. Queer burning red, and hard red flowers! They call it coral tree." - D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo
D.H. LAWRENCE MENTIONED Australia's unique flowers throughout his famous semi-autobiographical novel about a writer visiting Sydney. Our amazing florals have captured many imaginations - almost as much as the sands of the outback.

In WA these two features are often combined and have created a bustling community of plants that, much like the bushies of the outback, have become even more showy, even more different, rare and endemic in order to survive in a landscape whose defining feature is nutrient-poor soil. 

Indeed in the eyes of early explorers, Western Australia's flora seemed disappointing, scraggly and sparse. Only William Dampier paid much attention to them, remarking on the predominance of blue among the flowering plants after his second expedition to WA in 1699.

However after the Swan River colony was set up in 1829, it became renowned for its unusual wildflowers, with botanists visiting from all over the world to study our floral gems.

Today we know there are some 12,500 flowering species in WA, 60 per cent of which are endemic to the state - and 775,000 visitors each year flock to take a gander at these blooms. 

Original story by Australian Geographic


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Esther Beaton
Cravens Peak, Queensland
Nick Rains
Tiger dragonfly, Pilbara, WA
Nick Rains
Beach, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
Nick Rains
Red dunes, Simpson Desert
Nick Rains
Coles Bay, Tasmania
Nick Rains
Pamamamoo Lake, Menindee, NSW
Bill Hatcher
Sleepy Bay, Tasmania
Nick Rains
Sunrise over Lake Eyre, SA
Nick Rains
The open road, Flinders Ranges, SA
Mike Langford
Daintree, QLD
Andrew Gregory
Coconut Beach, QLD
Andrew Gregory
Track through Barrington Tops, NSW
Andrew Gregory
Green sea turtle, WA
David Bristow
Leichhardt River, QLD
David Bristow
Nepean River, NSW
David Bristow
James Price Point, WA
David Bristow
Shelley Beach, WA
David Bristow
Orroral Homestead, ACT
Peter McNeill
Cocos Islands, Indian Ocean
Don Fuchs
Katherine Gorge, NT
David Hancock
New England National Park, NSW
Timothy Hill 
Stockman, Northern Territory
Bill Bachman
Station Beach,
Great Ocean Walk, Vic
Carolyn Barry
Kings Creek, NT
Richard Thwaites 
Manta ray
Mark Spencer
Yellow bottlebrush
Don Fuchs
Wreck, Fraser Island
Andrew Gregory 
Redwoods,Victoria
David Bristow
Fraser Island, Qld
Andrew Gregory
Burning canefield
Frances Mocnik 
Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Qld
Mike McCoy
Lake Gregory, Tanami Desert
Andrew Gregory
Saltwater crocodile
David Hancock 
Fraser Island, Qld
Andrew Gregory
Sticky Eremaea wildflower
Don Fuchs
Grass tree
Don Fuchs 
Green Ravine, Daintree, Qld
Andrew Gregory
Outback sunset, Northern Territory
Peter McNeill
Sea Lion, South Australia
Darren Jew 
Coneflower, Western Australia
Don Fuchs 
Cormorant, Tasmania
Nick Rains 
Grass trees
Warren Field 
Rock climbing, Tasmania
Nick Rains 
Everlastings, Western Australia
Don Fuchs 
Otway Forest, Victoria
David Bristow 
Wildflower, Western Australia
Don Fuchs 
Black swans, Tasmania
Nick Rains 
Beauchamp Falls,
Otway Forest, VIC
David Bristow 
Pildappa Rock, Western Australia
David Bristow 
Eighty-mile beach, WA
David Bristow 
Hay bales
David Bristow 
Wildflowers of Western Australia
David Bristow 
Sunset on the Nullarbor
David Bristow 
Outback lightning storm
David Bristow 
Esperance, Western Australia
David Bristow 
Goanna
David Bristow 
The Pinnacles
Western Australia
David Bristow 
Surfing dolphin,
Cape Le Grand NP, WA
David Bristow 
Wetlands,
Mareeba, Queensland
Murray Spence 
Broome beach,
Western Australia
Carolyn Barry 
Weedy seadragon,
(Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)
Richard Wylie 
Shelf cloud over Darwin,
Nolan Caldwell 
Rainbow Falls,
Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
Carolyn Barry 
Dingo, Fraser Island
Queensland
Andrew Gregory 
Munda Biddi Trail,
Western Australia
Bill Hatcher 
Mauve twilight, Murray Mouth
South Australia
Mike Langford 
Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninsula,
Western Australia
Mike McCoy 
Cruising dolphins, Flinders Island,
Tasmania
Don Fuchs 
Stockman's sunset
Carolyn Johns 
Bibbulmun Track,
Western Australia
David Dare Parker 
Lake Eyre in flood
Nick Rains 
Post Office Island,
Western Australia, Peter Aitchison 
Mount Emily, Flinders Ranges,
South Australia
Mike Langford 
Red-bellied black snake
James Pozarik 
Swamp wallabies,
Andrew Gregory 
Great Ocean Walk,
Victoria
Carolyn Barry 
Lizard Island, Queensland
Mike McCoy 
Bunda cliffs,
Nullarbor coastline, SA,
Mitch Reardon 
Tasmanian devils,
Barrington Tops NP, NSW
Andrew Gregory 
Boab trees,
the Kimberley WA
Mike Langford 
Barrington Tops NP, NSW
Andrew Gregory 
Thorny devil
Steve Wilson 
Green tree snake, illustration
Ego Guiotto 
Uluru, Northern Territory
Carolyn Barry 
Barking owl (Ninox connivens)
Esther Beaton 
Great Ocean Walk,
Victoria
Carolyn Barry 
Kakadu National Park,
Northern Territory
David Hancock 
Sunset from Genoa Peak,
Victoria
Don Fuchs 
Point Hicks, Croajingolong NP,
Victoria
Don Fuchs 
Ornate Burrowing frog
New South Wales
Daniel O'Brien 
Sunrise over the Huon Valley
Tasmania
Bill Hatcher 
Larapinta Trail,
Northern Territory
Carolyn Barry 
Hanson Bay,
Kangaroo Island, SA
Bill Bachman 
Rundall River National Park, WA
Jiri Lochman 
Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea
Kevin Deacon 
Silverton, Outback NSW
Bill Hatcher 
Saltpan,
Plumridge Lakes NP, WA
Jiri Lochman 
Southern Alps,
New Zealand
Carolyn Barry 
Rock wallaby,
Magnetic Island, QLD
Carolyn Barry 
Campbell Island, sub-Antarctic
Mike Rossi 
Red sand, Simpson Desert
Edward Stokes 
Flinders Island, TAS
Don Fuchs 
Vale of Belvoir, TAS
Wolfgang Glowacki
Broken Hill region, NSW
Bill Hatcher 
Turbulent wave,
Cape to Cape track, WA
Andrew Gregory 
Bluetongue lizard, outback NSW
Bill Hatcher 
Falcon in flight
Simon Carter 
Baby southern elephant seal,
Macquarie Island
Jasmine Poole 
Simpson Desert, NT
Chrissie Goldrick 
Mt Leake Wildlife Sanctuary,
The Kimberley, WA
Nick Rains 
Chocolate chip starfish,
Protoreaster nodosus
David Hancock
Pelicans, Pelican Island,
Gulf of Carpentaria
Murray Spence 
Misty sunrise, Kangaroo Island, SA
Colin Beard 
Hay bales, Arnhem Land, NT
David Hancock 
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus macropus)
Simon Carter 
Plenty Highway, Simpson Desert, NT
Chrissie Goldrick 
Georgina River near Camooweal, Qld
Murray Spence 
Dead tree in white sand dunes
Mitch Reardon
Cape to Cape Track,
Western Australia
Andrew Gregory 
Wistari Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Qld
Mike McCoy
Gills of a Chromodorid nudibranch
Mike McCoy
Macadamia pollen
Frances Mocnik
Eucalypt flowers
Bill Bachman
Aroona Dam, Flinders Ranges, SA
Mike Langford
Polar bear, Arctic
Chrissie Goldrick
Mt Warning, New South Wales
Nick Rains
Cocos Islands
Don Fuchs
17 Mile Falls, Jatbula Track, NT
Nick Rains
Eskimo nebula
NASA
White Lipped Tree Frogs
Brian Cassey
Sand dune, Fraser Island, Queensland
Peter Aitchison
Shoal Bay, Maria Island, Tasmania
Don Fuchs 
Whitehaven Beach,
Whitsundays, Qld
Dick and Pip Smith
Weddell seal in the snow
Jonathan Chester
Watsons crag, Snowy Mountains, NSW
Ross Dunstan
Flatback turtle hatchlings, Bare Sand Island, NT
Jiri Lochman
Baby wombat in the snow
Ross Dunstan
Mountain view, Stirling Ranges WA
Rob Olver
Star trail, Lake Gregory
Andrew Gregory
Yellow daisies, Snowy Mountains
Ross Dunstan 
Clown fish, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Nick Rains
Waterfall Bay, Tas.
Ross Dunstan
Yellow footed rock wallaby
Esther Beaton
Fur seal pups, Neptune Is., SA
Gary Bell
Freshwater Crocodile
Richard Thwaites
Ningaloo Reef, WA
Andrew Gregory
Heysen Trail
Warren Field
Nitmiluk National Park, NT
Nick Rains
Purnululu National Park, WA
Nick Rains
Bathing Machines, Coogee Beach
The Tyrrell Collection
Thorny devil, Moloch horridus
Steve Wilson 
Spiny-tailed gecko in fire
Steve Wilson
Whitsunday Islands, QLD
Andrew Gregory 
Kangaroo in Sturt National Park, New South Wales
Mitch Reardon 
Southern beech trees,
Cradle Mountain NP, TAS
Jason Edwards 
Dingo pups,
Strzelecki Track, SA
Bill Bachman 
Atlantis space shuttle,
final dock with the ISS
NASA 
Royal penguins, Macquarie Island
Jasmine Poole 
Emu on the run,
Flinders Ranges, SA
Mike Langford 
Double rainbow over
Kangaroo Island, SA
Bill Bachman 
Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD
Nick Rains
Flowering melaleuca, South Coast Track, Tasmania.
Don Fuchs
Nilpena station, SA
Mike Langford
Lake Wabby, Fraser Island
Queensland
Erica Harrison
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