It was a town day today, new tyres on my car and shopping. While waiting for my tyres, I went for breakfast. Too engrossed in eating plus the lighting was terrible, no breakfast photos but a breakfast burger and cafe hit the spot. Brekkie burger – bacon, eggs, baby leaf spinach and aioli.
Here’s your song as you wander with me. Another Aussie classic written by Ian Moss who is a Grafton local.
Turn right and the next shop is the most wonderful Florist, Bonnies. I often just stand in the doorway and take in all the floral scents. Doesn’t Bonnie have a sense of style in presentation, the small bench, a ladder and the flowers looking a treat.
Down the road a bit there was an old gate. I love these styles of gates
A bit further on, taking a short cut past the tennis club, I saw bright spots of orange so I had to have a closer look. The Ixora bush was covered in orange flower balls
Next to the tennis courts is Ellem Oval, the main cricket pitch in Grafton, waiting for a good rolling
Yes the Jacaranda trees are still in flower
As are the Flame Trees (hence the relevance of the song) I love the red against the purple
But it can’t last forever. Now there are carpets of red……
…..and carpets of purple. In a few weeks time all that will be left are stragglers who decided to flower after everyone else has shown their full glory and will be bereft of blossoms.
My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”
to grasses that support life
with seeds and flowers
ferns providing shelter
Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone
Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds
Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.
The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads
Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees
Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering
and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops
Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.
Well off we go into the squares once more. And this from Becky “The only absolute rule for joining in with Squares from 1st July is that your photograph must be square in shape!“
Being in Australia I get the jump on the rest of the world as my 1st of July starts while most of you are in bed dreaming of what trees you can find and square up.
My first tree to celebrate a bit of Australianess is one of the most striking trees that can look unimposing when they have their large Maple like leaves. It is in Spring and Summer when they become Flame Trees.
Here is an Australian song that celebrates the Flame Tree by another iconic Australian
I have some close ups of the flowers that aren’t square but the theme is square trees after all. I thought you may like a look.