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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Wattle Day!

We're about to head off for a weekend visiting a friend in Lake Cargellico, mid-west New South Wales; I'm sure there'll be things to share when we get back. Meantime, happy Wattle Day tomorrow!
Acacia acuminata, Christmas Rock, south-west Western Australia
Acacia aneura, Mulga, south-west Queensland
Acacia cyperophylla, Minnie-ritchie, Mt Magnet, Western Australia
Acacia longifolia, Ulladulla, south coast New South Wales
Acacia mearnsii, Black Wattle, Canberra
Acacia pulchella, South Beekeepers Nature Reserve, north of Perth
Acacia tetragonophylla, Dead Finish, near Quilpie, south-west Queensland
unidentified Acacia pod, Nallan Station, near Cue, Western Australia

2 comments:

madoqua said...

What a great series of wattle photos! They really are spectacular against the blue sky aren't they? I can't hope myself, every time I see a tree in full bloom, out comes the camera again!!

Ian Fraser said...

Yes, I know, it's pretty cliched, isn't it?! But - why not? How not?! Thanks for your kind comments Madoqua.