An Australian Beauty

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UPDATE: Pauline over at  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…



18 thoughts on “An Australian Beauty

  1. Beautiful pastel colors! lovely capture Deborah! Proteas are also grown commercially for its ornamental flowers on the island of Maui in the uplands, where is it cool and dry. Did you know that macadamia nuts come from a member of the Proteaceae family? They’re mainly grown commercially on the Big Island.

    1. Thank you so much Wayne for the lovely comment and great information! I had no idea about Maui growing Proteas, or that macadamia nuts are from the same family. I loved the chocolate covered macadamia nuts while in Hawaii. We bought a box everyday and ate the whole everyday!

    1. I believe you’re right! I didn’t see any red ones in the part of the Australia Garden I was in, but it extends to the other side of the property where I hope to visit this week if it doesn’t rain. I’ll update the information on the blog page. Thank you so much!!

  2. I didn’t realize that your birds are wintering (I’ve read where you’ve mentioned that) and will be moving back north. The flower is lovely.

    1. Most of the birds I’ve been photographing and sharing lately are birds that areWintering here. As we get into Spring the majority of birds will be the usual suspects that are here year round…House Finches, Mallards, Doves, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Herons, Egrets, Red-tailed Hawks, crows and some others.
      The Wildlife Refuges will be mostly empty of birds so I won’t be going to those again until late Fall when we start seeing early birds arrive.

      Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

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