Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The blushing bush

Crowding the edge of the track
they flow back into the bush
enjoying the respite from
drought and
fire and
exhausting heat.

Swaying their blooms in the breeze
they clamour that size doesn’t matter
being more beautiful than
petunia or
poppy or
exotic polyanthus.

Squawking galahs paint the air
with garish pink and grey
heralding the carpet of
boronia and
grevillea and
spider orchid

Which sneak through the leaf litter
growing in the crushed sandstone
the core debris of the bush humming
as the colours sworl the canvas.

25 comments:

Janice said...

Wonderful words and photos...lots of beauty here.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

The first looks like birds in flight. Lovely photos, interesting notes on birding.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the galahs streaking by in pink and grey. I remember them from my visit to Australia many years ago.
The flowers in the bush are beautiful, Julie, as are your photos of them, and your wonderful words.

Kay, Alberta, Canada

Julie said...

Indeed, that first is galahs streaking by. I have shots of them feeding on the ground but consider this, although a poor photograph, to be a good 'painting' of what I was trying to sayin this post.

I have no idea what these flowers are. I was told ...

that the little white one is a native orchid and indeed it has an orchid throat if you embiggen. There is a ground-cover green grevillea. The final image is a boronia known as 'bacon and eggs' ...

gospelwriter said...

Beautiful photos and words - loved the flowers that sashayed through your poem.

Rinkly Rimes said...

All those flowers on the Putty Road! I had no idea. You've opened my eyes.

J Bar said...

Terrific bursts of colour in the bush.

Peter said...

love the birds on the wing

Ann said...

The blur of the birds is gorgeous.

Bob Crowe said...

I am not a nature photographer but the top picture is a brilliant image. Subtle, all based on suggestion but so very evocative.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The blurred birds are outstanding, capturing flight. Bob said it all.

Caroline said...

Very lovely - you have a wonderful eye for a photo.

cara said...

I love those galahs. The contrasting colours, the light through the feathers and the sense of movement are all really effective.

Julie said...

... and SO deliberate ...

Joan Elizabeth said...

Many of these are familiar to me so here we go. Left, right, left, right etc

1. Dunno
2. Dampiera
3. There are squillions of pea flowers Jacksonia, Pultenaea, Dillwynia, Daviesia, Bossiaea, Gompholobium and several varieties within these. I haven't got a clue which one it is
4.I think this might be a Large Wedge Pea (Gampholobium grandiflorum)
5.Green spider flower (Grevillia mucronulata)
6. Rice flower, Pimelea linifolia
7. Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea)
8. It might be called bacon and eggs but it is not a boronia. One of the pea flowers listed above maybe Dillwynia (I love that name for some reason)

I hope you are suitably impressed. Back when I first started blogging I tried to identify every flower I photographed. As I have misplaced my flower book I used my blog to remember the names.

Julie said...

splutter splutter!! Suitably impressed ... you betcha ... so now go and do the same with Letty's bunch ... that green spider flower is the green grevillea I was told of ... pink fingers ... is that a native orchid ... will google that ...

If you winch at Joan, aren't you glad your mother did not like Dillwynia ... the playground sure would have shortened that!!

Pssst ... taa ...

diane said...

Pretty flowers and a charming poem too.

brattcat said...

Brilliant birds.

Vicki said...

Your colours are just so vivid! Stunning.

Love the one of the birds.

Jilly said...

All beautiful photographs but that first one is a stunner!

Joan Elizabeth said...

The pink fingers are certainly a native orchard. I was blown away to find they were tiny orchards the first time I photographed them.

Francisca said...

You sure know how to delight, Julie.

[I've not been around as much lately... overflowing work plate and a hard disk giving me grief leave little time for fun like this...]

Julie said...

Ouch to both of those ...

Stafford Ray said...

"they clamour that size doesn’t matter" that's the wildflowers of the burning bush. Read and looked all the way to here and more, nostalgia galore with Sydney (worked there many years) Putty Road... similar to Wollombi, where many of my (true) stories are set.
So glad to have found you!

Julie said...

Ditto Mr Ray. I shall add you to my daily lookeesee list.