LIVING WITH NATURE

GREVILLEA ‘MOONLIGHT’

GREVILLEA is a diverse genus of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants, native to rainforest and more open habitats in Australia.  I believe this variety, which I photographed at Melbourne Zoo, is called GREVILLEA ‘Moonlight’ and is one of the most popular (as it flowers all year round).  The flower is gorgeous and very attractive to birds, honeyeaters in particular.

I managed to capture a LITTLE WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera chrysoptera), a large, slim, rather dull Honeyeater, on one of the Zoo bushes, not far from the back entrance/exit.

GREVILLEA ‘Moonlight’ is tough and adaptable and great as a feature plant, but also makes an effective informal screen or hedge.

 

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Welcome to the new look…. Living in Nature.  At the current time, I can’t do much in the way of long walks outdoors, so I decided to re-invent my Nature Blog and choose a Theme that offers a little more information for interstate and overseas followers.  Over the coming week(s), I’ll expand or change the layout/colour/font as I work out the WordPress Theme capabilities.

I’m also trying to work out how to grow some more of my favourite Herbs on my apartment balcony without increasing the bending, (which exacerbates my chronic lower back pain), and watering chore during the Summer months.  I figure I need some sort of plant stand, or light-weight raised bench.

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13 Replies to “GREVILLEA ‘MOONLIGHT’”

    1. Thanks John. A bright sparkling eye catching the light is key to a good bird photo. I wonder if it has something to do with our interaction in real life. I mean looking someone in the eye when you talk to them is pretty important to me.

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    1. Speaking of ‘new look’ blog & new WordPress theme, it must have taken me about 2 hours to experiment and fine tune the background colour so that images of both blue OR green tones look OK last night, Dick LOL 🙂

      I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think of new ways to entertain myself now I’m more housebound. My eyesight, despite spectacles, is not good enough to spend much time reading or on the computer.

      And I can no longer see enough to do my (very) old hobbies of watercolour painting, drawing and craftwork of 20 years ago. I’m just not used to staying home all day and its too expensive to continually get taxis everywhere (despite having a Taxi Disability Concession card which gives me 50% off). 38 years of chronic pain is finally bringing my activity level almost to a halt. The more I sit down, the worse my lumbar spine, hip and knee pain (and stiffness) gets. The more I stand up and move around, the more tired I get. I’m having to fine-tune my activity/rest pacing all over again this year. But I’ll get it worked out in the end 🙂

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  1. They’re superb photos, Vicki, I like your first one in particular as it shows the intricate nature of the Grevillea off to perfection. The new format looks very smart. Green is such a restful colour.

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    1. Thank you Jane. The Grevilleas are such interesting flowers. When I read that the ‘Moonlight’ variety flowers all year round, I thought of you and wondered whether you had any/many varieties in your own garden?

      I love green backgrounds on nature blogs, but had fiddle around with the tone to ensure all colour images looked good on it, especially the blues from my beach images.

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  2. The photo of the grevillea reminded me of a flower I once saw across the bay. I dug it out of my files, wondering if it might have been a grevillea. It’s not, but now I think it’s some variety of white clematis. What led me in that direction? A photo of a clematis vine I found on wildflower.org that was posted by — Terry! This is the sort of little coincidence I love. It truly is a small world.

    Your new design is great. I really don’t tolerate black with white text, but you’ve managed to create a darkbackground with white text that is restful — and readable!

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    1. I read that Grevilleas are so popular, they are now grown in several countries around the world. Yes, it truly is a small world. I always find it amazing when I meet people who start following my nature blog who are kindred spirits and discover quite ‘out of the blue’ that they have similar life experiences or hobbies like I have, or had, that are nothing to do with nature. In Australia, many of my generation have travelled in the U.K. and Europe in the mid to late 1970s. It was much cheaper to travel back in those days.

      I can’t read light colours on dark, or black, backgrounds, so while I have experimented with black backgrounds in the past, I invariably end up changing them. My Sunset/Sunrise blog is the exception – its meant to have only images and no writing (although sometimes I write a sentence in a post and a black background suits whatever shade of sky or sunset I post.

      It took me about 2 hours of fiddling around to get that particular shade of green. Too yellow and too bright looked terrible with blue sky and beach images. Too dark was depressing and harder to read. I sort of found a shade somewhere in the middle. If/when I post bright blue sky landscapes, I might end up changing the tone slightly again.

      Many of my old flower images were made late afternoon and are blue toned.

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