I smelt home today, the clean astringent smell of bush aromatics so typical of my homeland. And I came across a stand of Bottlebrushes behind the tennis court – look, it’s the Big Bad Banksia Man*!
As with many of Australia’s native plants, the flowers and seed pods of the Bottlebrush (each stage of which co-exist on the tree together) are fascinating and sometimes grotesque and I found myself waylaid for some time, taking studies of these gorgeously eccentric trees. I hope you will understand why I’m unable to restrict myself to just one shot of the Big Bad Banksia Man – though I’ve limited the post to shots of one variety!
Seed Pod Stages
* A character in May Gibbs’ “Snuggle Pot and Cuddlepie”, the marvellously illustrated adventures of the bush babies from my childhood.