Naturalists’ Bookshelf 1: Plants

Several new, or merely new-to-us, natural history books arrived in this house a couple of months ago – mostly around December 25, actually – and I’ve been meaning to write about them ever since. Here are those which focus on plants.

Visions of a Rainforest – a year in Australia’s tropical rainforest

Text by Stanley Breeden, illustrations by William T. Cooper.

Simon and Schuster, 1992

Queensland’s Wet Tropics region contains the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth and is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, 12 of the world’s 19 ancient flowering plant families being found here. Continue reading “Naturalists’ Bookshelf 1: Plants”

Self-sown, but none the worse for that

golden wattle blossom and foliage
An unanticipated pleasure

This is the wattle I was on my way to photograph when the crash-landing cuckoo interrupted proceedings. It is a self-sown tree just inside the front fence which somehow avoided the weeder’s grasp long enough to be allowed remain and grow – slightly sideways – and thrive. We don’t know its lineage (and would welcome expert advice) but any tree that can put on displays like this is truly welcome.

wattle tree in flower
Reaching for the sun