Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PIctures from the book: Page 20

Sometimes when I look at the colour original photos I used in the book, I still wish I could have somehow managed to use colour in the book instead of black and white. Here's a classic example of why:
This is a juvenile Crimson Rosella. The chicks start out with green feathers, but then gradually molt those feathers and end up with red and black (and a little blue here and there).

When you see a juvenile, you think at first it's a different species - the look so VERY different from the adults!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

More Perth Flowers - Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw is a very interesting Australian native flowering plant. It has long strappy leaves, like a daylily in some respects - but the flowers are unique:

Here's a closeup of the above plant:

And the ones below I found fascinating: something like "Christmas" colours, bright red and green:

And here's a closeup:

I have a pink one here in Victoria, but it's dormant at the moment. When I saw it in a local plant store I went wild, hadn't seen a pink one, and thought they only came in orange and gold, so I snapped it up with glee. Of course I love it (no photos yet... we'll have to wait for summer) but have to admit I embarrassed myself when I started carrying on to friends about my fabulous "find" - pink Kangaroo Paw isn't really all that rare. I'd just not seen one before.