Wattle, Wattle, Everywhere

And All I Have to do is Click!

So, in honour of World Photography Day (yesterday), that’s exactly what I did.  Please enjoy (some of) the photos I took of Australia’s National Floral Emblem.

Clusters of bright yellow flowers

Some wattles have clusters of bright yellow flowers

Others have 'fingers' of blooms (Coast Wattle)

Others have ‘fingers’ of blooms (Coast Wattle)

Myrtle Wattle

Others have pale, off-white flowers (Myrtle Wattle)

I think this is Fringed Wattle, also know as Brisbane Wattle

Most are currently laden with blooms.  (I think this is Fringed Wattle, also know as Brisbane Golden Wattle)

But these are just a few of the many, many varieties of the Acacia species of plants.  I took all of these photos along the road where I’ve been walking each morning, and over the last week I’ve noticed there are blooms in all stages.  Some are in their glory, others are now dying, and more still are yet to bloom.

I even think the wattle blooms look stunning in black and white.

(Just click to enlarge and have a better look.)

I’ve never seen so many wattles in one place before.  They line the streets, they frame the highway, they are in people’s front yards and in the their back yards.  They are everywhere and the blooms truly are stunning, adding a beautiful splash of colour during winter.

Seeing wattle like this makes me realise how worthy the Golden Wattle is of being our national floral emblem.  Although, I have to wait until we’re further south to actually see a Golden Wattle, I just hope it’s still flowering when we get there.

Why not tell me what you think of the wattle?

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  1. The wattle with the clusters of bright yellow flowers reminds me of Kimba in South Australia. They were all along the country roads for as far as the eye can see. I’ve never seen them like this is Queensland. GORGEOUS photos Clare. Hugs Kylie

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    1. Hi Lorie,

      Of all the things I thought we’d see while staying in Basin View, masses of wattle was not one of them. I do feel so lucky to have witnesses them – blooming everywhere 🙂

      Clare

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    1. Hi Hilary,

      The flowers are fantastic, I could spend all day photographing them. That buzzy thing is indeed a bee and there were so many of them buzzing around. I’m glad I caught at least one (sort of).

      Clare

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      1. That’s impressive that you did! I wonder what type of bee it is? I was wondering if it were a wasp since its body seemed pointier. I don’t know if I could tell the difference between a wasp, hornet and yellowjacket, other than the desire to flee quickly!

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        1. Hi Hilary,

          I think it’s a honeybee – either native or introduced. They are buzzy little things and hard to catch with the camera. This was the best of a (very) bad batch 🙂 Check out this one: Buff-tailed Bumblebee. I took that photo while we were at St Helens in Tasmania and this bee is easily five or more times the size of that little honey bee.

          Clare

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          1. Hi Clare! How are you doing? My blogging chops are back at it after a month off. It’s been an ongoing adventure of illnesses (and now we’re cycling back through with toddler-chan sick again :D), a Japan family visit, and a workplace injury… fall classes starting up for the little one… as Hitoshi and I were chatting tonight, life happens and there’s no point fighting against it. Hang on and enjoy the ride! 😀 I’ve been keeping a closer eye on bees since your post and they sure are interesting creatures. Hope you’re well!

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          2. I am, thank you Hilary,

            Sad to hear about your battles with sicknesses, I hope you are feeling better now. And Hitoshi is right, life happens – generally while we’re busy making other plans. So lovely to hear from you.

            Clare

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  2. Clare this is a double whopper wonderful of a post! Firstly, the pictures–I want a wattle. They’re glorious and joyful and so jubilantly filled with frothy color. I would never tire of seeing them.
    Secondly, I can’t believe the coincidence, as I just finished writing a book of historical fiction where the acacia tree was an instrumental “character.” Such interesting history and mysticism in that tree family, and now you’ve kindly made the tree come to life in a whole new way for me.
    My thanks for your depth and breadth of sharing.

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    1. Hey Shelley,

      You made me realise I needed to explain wattles in greater detail. Thank you for inspiring me following my brief mention of them in Basin View – Part 2, and I can hardly comprehend your ‘instrumental character’ being such a close relation to these gorgeous yellow pom poms 🙂

      I certainly hope I get to see the golden wattle when we head south and I’ll be sure to send you a photo for the fridge.

      Clare

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