Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time

{reconnect with nature}

A community of like minded people who see the value in understanding and appreciating the natural world.  Each week we step outside, find some nature, photograph it and learn something about it to share with others.  Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need and together we'll reconnect with nature, one photograph at time.
 Read more about the Reconnect with Nature - one photograph at a time idea here.

 
Coastal Banksia - Banksia integrifolia
During our recent trip to the beach l noticed some Coastal Banksias were in flower. 
Although relatively common, Coastal Banksias are a really unique and important native tree along the coast particularly during winter when they can be one of the only sources of nectar and pollen.  No surprise then, that at the time the trees were full of Rainbow Lorikeets and Wattlebirds looking for food.  They're such noisy birds, it wasn't hard to miss that the trees were in flower!
The Banksia flowers themselves are really unusual.  The flowers are actually very small, and occur along a ‘flower spike’.  Several hundred flowers can be packed on a single spike, which is usually around 10cm long.
The photos below capture the flower spike at three different stages.  
 
To the right is a young flower spike with the individual buds emerging.
To the left is an older flower spike with the individual flowers now emerged, but not opened.   
 
 
And here is what the flower spike looks like after each of the individual flowers have opened. In developing this post, l've learnt that the individual flowers are gradually released over a couple of days from either top to bottom or bottom to top. I've always wondered why some Banksia's looked half done!  
The Banksia flowers only produce nectar for around a week, and then will take a few months before the individual flowers wither and fall out.  Left behind is a woody cone, in which the seeds are stored until they mature.
Gosh, can't tell you guys how much l love this series of blog posts.  It is encouraging me to learn so much more about the world around me.  The process of discovery and sharing it with you is wonderful.
Hope you've all had a chance to get outside this week and reconnect with nature.  Looking forward to seeing all your photographs.
 
Note to readers participating in the link up.
Please use the following points as a guide: 
  • Share with us something you've noticed in nature. 
  • Only share one post per week, and link to that post rather than your general blog address.
  • If you can, please include something about your find that allows us all to learn more about the world around us. Just a few sentences about the tree you’ve photographed, or the bird you've seen, or how you’re noticing the seasons change is all you need.
  • Visit as many links as you can, amazing things are shared every week.   
  • And finally, please include a link back to Living a Good North Coast Life in your post. 


3 comments:

  1. Very cool Chrisy! And I now know what a Rainbow Lorikeet is thanks to this series!

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  2. Thanks for hosting this! And what an interesting flower. :)
    This week I've shared a photo that I was lucky enough to get a few years ago... A pixie in her natural habitat. Pixies look remarkably like human children, but you often find them in flower patches... This particular pixie was usually seen in the company of a small rabbit. ;)

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting this. I found you through Laura's blog "Shine the Divine" and am glad I did. Such beautiful photos from an area I know nothing about. It looks wonderful where you live! :)

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