When I think about spring as a child it brings back memories of picnics in the bush, cooking on an open fire and searching for native orchids and other wildflowers. I grew up in a small wheatbelt town which is know as wildflower country.
I must confess that I am a terrible gardener, plants don’t seem to live long around here! So what amazes me about wildflowers is that they can grow in such arid conditions. A small crack in a granite rock and there you will find the most stunning orchid. Or in the dry hard red dirt there will be bursts of colour from wildflowers in full bloom.
How can they grow in such tough conditions when I can love and nurture a plant and it still dies!
Last year Western Australia had one of the best wildflower season we have ever seen and the colours were so vivid that they could been seen from space!
Western Australia has the largest wildflower collection in the world. There are more than 12,000 species, over 60% can only be found right here in Western Australia! The landscape has pops of colour from the coast to the outback.
Wildflower season begins in June in the north of the State. Perth nature reserves flower in September and the wildflower season finishes in the states south in October/November.
I am not going to pretend to be a wildflower expert, with so many varieties there is no way I can know all the names of the flowers. My photography of wildflowers is also pretty woeful. Looks like I need to set myself a goal and improve my photography of wildflowers!
I have put together a bit of a collage of some of the wildflowers I have seen when we have been out on our adventures. Enjoy!
White and Yellow Wildflowers
Blue and Purple Wildflowers
Do you like to look for wildflowers? Do you have any photography tips?