Monday, June 08, 2009

Winter Blossoms

In Full Bloom, Despite The Morning Frost

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


On Friday, while doing a major highway drive into the bush (aka the Outback) I decided to pull into Glenrowan for breakfast. Not far from where the giant statue of the infamous bushranger (aka an outlaw) Ned Kelly stands in the town, I found Linda's Billy Tea Rooms and thought that would be the ideal place for breakfast.

I was right! Not only did Linda herself cook me a huge plate of eggs, bacon and sausages (and a very genteel pot of tea), she was also quite happy for me to wander around and take some photographs.

In her back yard I found this huge flowering shrub that was absolutely covered in clusters of miniature pink-and-white blossoms. Because it's winter here, and because I could not identify the flowers, I had to march back inside and seek her guidance. Turns out the shrub is called jade.

Just as I was about to turn away, I heard a distinct buzz - see if you can spot the bee in the image below.


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30 comments:

Maggie May said...

I was going to say...... I liked the way you had captured a bee in your photos.
Lovely blossoms & if ever I am over in Glenrowan, I will call in Linda's Billy tea rooms. He he!

Seamus said...

I'm surprised that the bees were still about with the frost!

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Maria-Thérèse said...

I thought Australia was always warm!! Sweden is desperately waiting for summer to finally come. We've had three warm days so far but today I was cold wearing trousers, t-shirt and a fairly warm jacket....

Now I'm off to do a search for what on earth a bushranger is :-D

willow said...

Glorious blooms. And that breakfast sounded like it was scrummy!

M said...

How delightful! Summer is trying to happen here in No. California
...but the June Gloom is keeping the sunshine away. I do have sweetly scented blossoms all over my night blooming jasmine though :)
Happy Monday there- while I am enjoying Sunday here!

Cynthia said...

Glad that you had a satisfying time in a new place...enjoy your day...and I love the exceptional detail on those pointy pink flowers...<3

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I know its my ignorance, but I never have pictured a frost in Australia. Yes its a huge place and the climates must vary over the country's massive land...just made me smile....!

Artist Unplugged said...

I see the bee! Lovely shot of the flowers. So funny to think of it being winter in June!

Sandi McBride said...

I found Mr Bee straight out! Lovely shrub the Jade...hard to imagine as we are entering summer your winter is upon you...enjoy the cool!
Sandi

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You have certainly been buzzing about! LOL...Love these photos...you never miss a beat!!!! ~Janine

Moannie said...

Seems like only yesterday you were literally burning up, now, just when we are gingerly removing sweaters [but keeping them nearby] here you are taking pictures of bushes bravely coping with frost. We will be expecting snow pictures from you very soon.

Beth said...

I love that there are bees even in the winter in Australia. We have mild winters but when it gets frosty, we don't see bees.

Lovely photos and it sounds like a fun outing. I always like finding a little out of the way place for stories and food.

VALKYRIEN said...

I can see both the little busy bee - and the lovely tiny flowers! Bee and frost we can sometimes see in Norway also - but it is rare! So this is a great capture!

Wish you a nice Sunday!
Valkyrien

Lee said...

Saw the bee right off, David! Went looking up some more about that jade plant. The one's I've seen didn't have flowers so this is a lovely succulent. It's apparently called a Pink Jade and much sought after for those blooms. Beautiful picture. I'd expect to see that in spring up here.

Cheers!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

Yes, I see the bee! I still can't get over morning frost there already!

Blow some this way!!

Kevin Musgrove said...

I do like that shrub, good pictures again David!

We had summer last week. This week, snow stopped play in the Derbyshire v. Lancashire match at Buxton. This could be our trump card for the Ashes.

Euroangel said...

Photos are professionally taken...very nice shot of these lovely flowers..thanks for sharing..more flowers here..

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hope that we will have a nice weather soon in germany..have a blessed week ahead!

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful cluster of flowers! I too am seeing lots of white flowers around. Must be symbolic of an Australian winter!

Woman in a Window said...

And that's what your winter looks like?

I am walking away
and shaking my head.

Ananda girl said...

I didn't see the bee... but I was focused on the blooms. so tiny and delicate! I bet the bush was beautiful. (I do see the bee now that I am looking for him.)

Nessa said...

Bee-utiful.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

These make great houseplants where we live. The Jade Plant symbolizes good luck, prosperity and friendship. When blooming it is a reflection on the owner, and their friends and family.

I love the way the light played on the bee photograph.

Laerte Pupo said...

Nice post.

The bees are working all time.

Thank for sharing.

Anna said...

Hi David, and I am sorry but winter blossom sounds funny, and I think you know why - we don't have any blossoms here in winter. Anna :) BTW nice photos.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

David

Your post is fantastic!
Beautiful and interesting flowers!
I think that a never saw this plant!
Thanks for posting for TODAY'S FLOWERS.
Luiz

Shadow said...

oh i know them, and don't they have a wonderful scent too?!?!?

Arija said...

Nice shots David. A lot of our natives are frost hardy.

City Girl said...

Good Lord, I've never seen Jade bloom! I have a Jade plant and its never shown off like that for me.
::pout::

Maybe it's a Southern Hemisphere thing. Yeah, that's it. My plant isn't holding out, it's incapable.

What a relief.

i beati said...

I keep forgetting since we are sweltering that you are entering another time of year