Banksia’s Banksia’s Banksia’s!

Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.23.06 PMThis Banksia is pulling out all the stops.  
Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.23.23 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.41 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.33 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.22.06 PMThere are several variety of grevillea popping out all over Kings Park.
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These are verticordia… not quite sure of their name.

20 thoughts on “Banksia’s Banksia’s Banksia’s!

  1. Your photos are beautiful. We are lucky to have so many varieties of plants in Australia. Haven’t the banksias been spectacular this season? I’ve not seen so many for a long time.

    While looking at the jumping spider shots, a “new” word sprung to mind, so I googled it to check it out. I was pleased to find that “arachnophilia” is indeed a valid word. Check it out Holly. You might be suffering from it!

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    • Good morning John. I hope you’re enjoying this amazing weekend for weather here in WA. If arachonphilia means a love of jumping spiders than yes… I’ve got a problem! ahaha. Lately I’ve seen other spiders but I’m just not as enamoured by them. Jumpers – they are just adorable and curious. I suppose the fact that they don’t run away also helps me take photos. Most other spiders that aren’t on a web are quite nervous.

      You’re right, Australia has an incredible array of flowers. I’m always stunned at the variety and colour… Western Australia is a special place for me…I just can’t get enough of these flowers. I think this winter Mike and I are going to head south to a special place called “Fitzgerald River National Park” to see the flowers there. Have you been?

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      • I’ve not been to the Fitzgerald River National Park, but it was well promoted at the Caravan and Camping show, so it’s on my list of places to go one day. I’m thinking of doing the Big Lap next year and because we will be taking our time, I reckon I can fit it in.

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          • Yep. All around. My dream would be to go around one way, keeping relatively close to the coast. Then go back the other way around, but further inland. A small helicopter on a trailer would be handy as well, but too expensive. Perhaps a crowdfunding project?

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          • Wow yes that would be an amazing trip. I’ve not seen all of Canada yet and that’s another place I’d need to spend like a good 6 months moving through each province. When do you plan to start this journey?

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  2. 2016. Plan to sell house early next year and put everything into storage. Get a short term rental. Buy 4wd plus caravan, or motorhome, campervan or whatever. Do a couple of short trips to iron out any bugs, then hopefully, away we go.

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    • That sounds like a sensible plan. Have you read “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck? Mike has my copy out on the tractor at the moment but it’s a great book to get you excited for cross country road trips (it took place in America) it helps that he’s clever and has a with and charm to him…not to mention his observations. It was written in the 60-70’s and everything he notes then, still rings true today. Which is gutting… we’ve not changed in 50 years.

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      • Holly, I didn’t know that Steinbeck had written “Travels With Charley”. I had not heard of it, so I’ll check it out through my local libraries. Sounds interesting, especially your comment that we haven’t changed in 50 years. Thanks for the tip.(Currently reading “The Backpacker’s Handbook” by Chris Townsend, who has hiked 1600 miles across the Canadian Rockies, 1000 miles across the Yukon and a short 3000 mile wander from Canada to Mexico along the Coninental Divide Trail: all solo.)

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        • Wow that is incredible amount of walking…along. A huge amount of determination and what an interesting journey… Im sure there would be plenty of time to take everything all in properly, and have reflection. What an achievement!

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  3. hmmm I’m sure you can find a good deal on ebay… I just don’t know much about Nikon. Take a look at Ken’s site… he’ll dicuss price etc as well. Also you can sometimes find reviews that compare the expensive lens vs the knockoff. A true marco lens though I think will set you back $300-$500.

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