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Canberra-based naturalist, conservationist, educator since 1980. I’m passionate about the natural world (especially the southern hemisphere), and trying to understand it and to share such understandings. To that aim I’ve written several books (most recently 'Birds in Their Habitats' and 'Australian Bird Names; origins and meanings'), run tours all over Australia, and for the last decade to South America, done a lot of ABC radio work, chaired a government environmental advisory committee and taught many adult education classes – and of course presented this blog, since 2012. I am the recipient of the Australian Natural History Medallion, the Australian Plants Award and most recently a Medal of the Order of Australia for ‘services to conservation and the environment’. I live happily in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise surrounded by a dense native garden and lots of birds.

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


Anonymous 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.