I love spring and hang out for it every year. This is the time when wildflowers around here are beginning to burst forth, and the migratory birds are returning from their winter sabbatical in places north. So, today is a good day for me. It's also (semi-officially) Wattle Day, celebrated sporadically from the earlier days of our colonisation, as part of a growing sense of identity and even independence. It's an interesting story in its own right, but as this is an 'extra' posting I'll limit myself today to celebrating by way of some wattle photos - and I've selected just one from each Australian state and territory, starting here in the ACT and moving round the country clockwise.
I hope the pictures can stand alone without further commentary.
|Wedge-leaf Wattle Acacia pravissima, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory.|
(For more pictures of local wattles, see here, courtesy of my friend Martin Butterfield.)
|Sunshine Wattle Acacia terminalis, Monga National Park, New South Wales.|
|Gorse-leaf Wattle Acacia ulicifolia, East Gippsland, Victoria.|
|Blackwood Wattle Acacia melanoxylon, Tasmania.|
|Port Lincoln Wattle Acacia anceps, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.|
|Prickly Moses Acacia pulchella, South Beekeepers Nature Reserve, Western Australia.|
|Fire Wattle Acacia inaequalitara, Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Terrritory.|
|Net-veined Wattle Acacia retivenea, Bladensburg NP, Queensland.|