10 September 2007




WELCOME SPRING!

Glorious sunny weather here in Melbourne,
makes one feel inspired and creative.
This morning, took a stroll through the bush
near our home, with my daughter. In anticipation,
we knew
mother nature had many treats in
store for us!




Wattle is in full bloom everywhere,
and the various native plants of the region
once dormant over the winter months,
are now enjoying their moment in the sun.
An absolute feast for the eyes and senses!
Life doesn't get much better than this!



above: Hickory Wattle
Acacia Implexa
and below: Spike Wattle
Acacia Oxycedrus


It's easy to see where the indigenous peoples
of this country drew their inspiration from when
painting - take a look around the australian bush and
it's wildlife and you will see many familiar patterns and
shapes, all seen in aboriginal art for the
purpose of portraying their beliefs.
It is when wandering through bush like this
where we can feel most in touch with aboriginal culture.
Pods, seeds, gum and leaves
of some species of acacia,
for example, are used for different purposes,
ranging from drinks and cakes,
to tobacco!



Well folks, the weather's too good to be stuck
on the computer!
I'm outta here!

3 comments:

She Who Flies said...

Your September pages are beautiful! Thanks for allowing us to share a little walk around the bush with you. I love Aboriginal art.

Angela Louise said...

I can smell the wattle from here! I love your journal...you do such good paintings of plants...and I do like how you have included the plants botanical names. I'm a seed tester by trade so you are speaking my language, so to speak!
So many different plants have the same common name so it is only the botanical name that distinguishes them other than their form of course.
Enjoy these glorious days...sure looks like your making the most of them!
Angela.

andrea said...

she who flies, you're welcome anytime to come 'walkabout' in the bush. I too, have a great appreciation for aboriginal art and have many books on the subject as I find it very inspiring.

angela louise, yes, I find the different species of australian plants fascinating, hence my desire to include their botanical names. I'm still learning though!

Thanks for dropping in ladies!