When I took a photo of my WordPress media library the other week, I realised that at some time I must have been going to upload a post about Red (flowers and birds) and never finished it?   Or maybe I did and now can’t find it  🙂

 I don’t have the time or the inclination to spend hours double-checking the names in my flower encyclopaedias at the moment so I quickly typed the common names that I remember on the images below.   If I’ve got a caption wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section.

If you’ve seen these images before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again.


I read an article once on how red engages the viewer more than any other colour when included in a photo and to this end, I’ll include a street photo I made in Melbourne’s main pedestrian-only shopping precinct as well.

It wasn’t until I reviewed the image on the large 27″ computer monitor that it struck me……….do people wear the same colour when they go shopping with a friend or family member?   Or is it just coincidence that the people in front of the Hopetoun Tearooms window disply are wearing matching outfits?

……and in a random shot of Melbourne’s main pedestrian-only shopping street, the colour red makes a significant impact on the overall composition.

I think it was a DPS (Digital Photography School) where I read an article on the power of red in an image.



WATTLE (Acacia)

Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle.

Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year.

I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western suburb of Melbourne and found a bush next to the Maribyrnong River walking trail, near my current home.

…….and when I lived next to the Yarra River on the north-east side of Melbourne in Abbotsford, the river was lined with Wattle Plants and made for a beatiful walk at this time of the year.   I don’t know what all the different varieties are called, just that if I get too close, I start sneezing.   These bushes are not an allergy-sufferers best friend.


In the previous post, my Magnolia photos were right next to some Grevillea images in my Photo Library.

I don’t think I’ve seen any of these Australian evergreen plants in my western suburb, but I do have some lovely shots of them from past home locations.

Grevillias are a diverse and variable range of Australian plants, from large, upright trees to scrambling ground covers.  The majority are medium shrubs with flowers resembling spiders and often appear in long toothbrush-like clusters.

Here’s the 4 images (below).  They were found in a small island of native plants in the middle of a suburban road.   They were such a surprising sight and were no doubt planted by an environmentally aware local council.

They attract birds in great numbers, but I imagine they’d be too big to grow in a pot on my balcony????