Wattle (Acacia) is in bloom everywhere at the moment and while there are 1350 species world-wide, at least 1000 varieties are indigenous to Australia. No wonder the Golden Wattle is Australia’s national flower.
There are also pale cream flowering varieties like the one below which was located close to the pond in Pipemakers Park.
On the way to, and from, Pipemakers Park on Monday, I passed many trees and several varieties. I left home after a morning of rain showers so it was still overcast walking along the river path (which meant I should have changed the White Balance on my camera, but completely forgot). On the way home, I took the shortcut through the picnic area which leads directly to the western path (and then gravel access road), around Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve.
On the way home, the sun was out, but the nature reserve had pockets of deep shade which form as the sun goes down behind the hill (on which my apartment block is built). So while I had plenty of time, now that the shortest day of Winter is past, the light can fade very quickly after about 5.00pm.
The sky was overcast as I set off around the eastern rim of Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve
I notice Andy, the grass-cutter has recently mown the path around the river and northern rim of the nature reserve.
Note sure, but this looks like Golden Wattle.
On the shortcut from Pipermakers Park home, I notice there’s many Wattles in bloom along the newly mown pathway.
It’s coming towards the Golden hour when the whole area will be lit up like a spotlight is cast over Frogs Hollow.
Between Wattle trees, golden Wild Radish and Golden Oxalis on the ground, there is a distinct gold/green hue to the nature reserve at the moment.
I was reading up a little on Wattle as I’m embarrassed to say I know very little about it, except it makes many people sneeze and although I don’t usually get too close to the flowers, it can make my nose a bit itchy. I was reading an article, some of which I’ve reprinted below, which indicated it can be eaten – I never knew that. But then, I know a lot more about (mainly) English herbs, than indigenous plants in my own country, Australia.
|All parts of various Acacia species have been or are used by people for one purpose or another.
The seeds from some specific Acacia species provide a valuable food source. Mostly the seeds are ground into a flour and cooked like damper although some are eaten raw or made into a porridge. The gum from some species is also edible.
Various extracts from the bark and the leaves or phyllodes have been and continue to be used by Australian Aborigines for a wide variety of medicinal purposes such as relieving toothache or colds or applying to wounds and burns. Green leafy branches of some species may be used to ‘smoke’ someone who is suffering from a general sickness.
The wood of various species has been used to make clubs, spears, boomerangs and shields. Some species, such as Acacia melanoxylon (Blackwood), are used to make fine furniture.
Tannin has been extracted from the bark of a number of species for use in tanning including Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle), A. mearnsii (Black Wattle) and A. pycnantha (Golden Wattle).
A boomerang made
from the wood of
Note: for those new to my Nature Blog, I currently live in a large modern apartment block cut into a hillside overlooking Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve and the Maribyrnong River in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The building is located about 100 feet from the rim of the nature reserve and about 6-7 minutes walk to the river………if you’re a brisk walker…….I’m not.
I also have a Black & White blog located here (which is mainly street photography and not used so often these days) and a Sunset/Sunrise blog located here (which is mainly about the sunsets from my previous 3rd floor apartment to the north-east side of Melbourne). This sunrise/sunset/cloud formation blog is not going to last much longer as I don’t see the sunsets as much in this current hillside location, despite my apartment balcony facing west.