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May: Wild Flowers – Seaside

Succulent pink flower

Succulent pink flower

Last Sunday (22 May) seems to have been summer’s last gasp in Sydney — it was a day of blue skies and warm sun, a high of 25C, but a cool edge to the wind that warned of the coming winter (and, oh my, winter hit with a vengeance on Monday!). Determined to make the most of the day, I walked the two blocks from my apartment to Botany Bay and then headed north along the beach, camera at the ready and on the lookout for wild flowers.

As usual, I have no idea what this is but the plant is ubiquitous along the coast.

As usual, I have no idea what this is but the plant is ubiquitous along the coast.

As before, but a wider view. (The white posts hold up the shark net for a swimming enclosure.)

As before, but a wider view. (The white posts hold up the shark net for a swimming enclosure.)

Here are two shots of another flowering plant that seems happy to grow in sand dunes beside the sea.

It's small, it's mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It’s small, it’s mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It's small, it's mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It’s small, it’s mauve/purple, it grows in sand.


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May: Wild Flowers – Wales

Yellow gorse and purple heather, Wales

Yellow gorse and purple heather, Wales

I took these photos in August 2009, just a few weeks before I left the UK (for the second time!) to return to Australia. I had joined my relatives (my father is from Manchester) for a week on their annual family holiday in Wales. My cousin’s husband and I, both keen walkers, had some marvellous walks along stunning paths — though not, it must be admitted, in stunning weather! Summer in Wales bears little resemblance to summer in Australia. What Wales lacks in sunshine, however, it more than makes up for in scenery and wild flowers.

Yellow gorse and purple heather, Wales

An entire hill of yellow gorse and purple heather, Wales