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UPDATE: Pauline over at https://pommepal.wordpress.com/ has identified this plant! It is called Waratah, and is in the Proteaceae family. Thank you so much Pauline!
The Wintering birds are beginning to head north which means they’ll be fewer bird posts, but I won’t be slowing down. Spring is blooming all over and I love hunting for flowers and photographing them.
This particular plant and blossom is a Native of Australia. Much to my surprise I learned last year that Santa Cruz has the same Mediterranean climate as Australia. The University of California in Santa Cruz has a lovely Arboretum with quite a few native Australian plants and flowers of which this is one. The Elevenia J. Slosson Research Garden established in 1978 began looking for drought, and pest tolerant beautiful ornamentals to give Californians some options for our gardens. Since their trials they’ve paved the way with Koala Blooms Programs to introduce many new plants to California gardeners.
I think this is in the Protea Family. I couldn’t find the marker to snap an image so I’d have the name of it. If anyone knows what it’s called please let me know.
Nikon D700| Nikkor 105mm macro lens| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015| Nik Suite| On 1 Photo 10
More to come…