The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the temperature freezing cold, though. Still the birds sing and the air smells a bit like spring.
While it may somewhat feel (if you ignore the icy mornings) and sound a little bit like spring, I reckon winter still has us in its grip. It is January after all.
Having said that, the title and the featured image of this story is flowery. What? In winter? Yes, you will see colours, flowers, and green landscape pictures today. For arid regions amazingly come into bloom whenever there is enough rain no matter what time of the year.
Lady Bird is bringing you some red Australian flower specks today!
Australia is very famous for its unique and in many cases endemic wildlife. But plants are not short of these attributes as you may have thought when reading my yellow post.
Did you know, for example, that most eucalypts, even though they are grown all over the planet these days, are originally endemic to Australia? Around 800 different species are known and some grow so high – a staggering 100 m – that they belong to the tallest trees on Earth. Koalas have specialized their diet to some species’ leaves and are adapted to the very high concentration of essential oils, which are hard to digest and in fact poisonous. What’s more, due to the low energy input and the slow digestion process, koalas sleep a mere 20 hours a day. So, chances are high you find them sleeping in a eucalyptus, if you find them at all.
I promised red flower specks… and was distracted by the sheer abundance in Australia, and koalas :0). Let’s continue, but not without some fluffy photos of a koala grabbing its favourite food. Read more →
Has it also happened to you that you were travelling and/or on holidays and you were at the right place at the right time?
While I love to read the section about local festivities in travel guides, my travel itinerary does not match these dates very often as I don’t normally plan around them. Well, I was lucky in Sardinia last year where magic happened in front of my eyes. I’d like to share it with you.
Hello, here we go again, exploring some yellow around the world. But first of all, I would like to ask you: Have you seen and found some things yellow since reading the first part of this post you would not have thought of? Curtains, mugs, underwear, glasses, advertisement, toothbrushes, drinks, fancy cakes…
As promised in my last post, Sulphur-crested cockatoo let me fly to my beloved continent Down Under on his back and here we are now on a continent where things seem a bit different than elsewhere. Especially, when it comes to the wonderful natural world of Australia. Many species are endemic – meaning they originally only occurred in Australia – and they look quite special, too. Whats more, I found some in yellow for you to enjoy!
There are over 700 species
Acacias or wattles as this family of flowering trees is called boast more than 700 species. Most of them are native to Australia as are the following. Read more →
Lately, when my mind was still and free to let ideas flow during a yoga class, the topic yellow jumped to my mind. I acknowledged it and focused on yoga…
But yellow stuck in my mind and I thought to give it a chance keeping it there for a while. And then, when we went for a little hike on a weekend, I saw and looked for yellow everywhere :-). My hubby said he would dream of yellow things so much a theme it was that day.
A lot of flowers actually come in yellowish whitish nuances. Especially, those early ones now flowering in the forests.
Having some ideas in my mind on how to fill this topic, I went through my archive of photographs and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of flowers and photographs I found. So I decided to post quite some images of all kind of yellow things I found and took photos of. Still, it is only a fraction of what actually exists in yellow all around us. Who knows, maybe you see yellow all over the place after reading and looking at my posts. The socks of your neighbour? The wallet of your boss? The ticket to your favourite theater? The most used ingredient in your kitchen? Whatever it is, I am very interested in reading what you stumbled over. Please feel free to comment or send a message my way.