Aug 01 2012

Botanical Wednesday: An inordinate fondness for Australia

My wife keeps sending me photos of Australian plants for this series. I think she wants to go back.

(via Australian Geographic)


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    I think she wants to go back.

    The heart of the marsupial menace? And don’t get me started on platypuses with their perverted sex chromosomes…

    Glen Davidson

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    Better than an inordinate fondness for beetles; but far inferior to a fondness for cephalopods.

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    Ahhh the eucalyptus. Australia’s answer to the question: how could we make trees into an even bigger fire hazard?

  4. 4

    Tell her to keep up the good work. I am in the planning stages for my trip to Australia.
    Mary P

  5. 5

    Today is indeed Wednesday…

    /off topic

    Today is the day when a bunch of jerks are going to eat at Chick-Fil-A to show that they are a bunch of bigots. Here’s a poll y’all can pharyngulate just to give ‘em what fer.


    /on topic

    Nice photo!!!

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you, amen.

    Here is more selected Australia from Michael Welland’s recent trip there:
    Little fellah bums
    Fire in the sand
    The latter is quite botanical, while the former may cause disappointment by containing no bums at all.

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    @eric #3 — eric, that’s not a eucalyptus. Apparently it’s a myall, which (had to look it up) is an acacia.

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    Melbourne doesn’t have much of the interesting wildlife aside from snakes. You have to go elsewhere for the venomous spiders, killer conchs, and tourist-eating crocodiles (they seem to prefer the Germans). Then of course there are the biblical creatures like the dropbears. Australia’s so damned big though – where do you go? Sweltering Darwin, the Ross Ice Shelf (see it while it lasts!), Rat’s Nest Island (the alleged rats are such adorable creatures). For the bible lovers, not too far from Melbourne you’ve got the 1211 apostles (better known to bacon lovers as ‘The Piggies’).

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    Geez, that must be a 30 hour flight for you? (I’ve been to New Zealand and would love to return but not until we have a very supersonic jet which, unfortunately, is unlikely to happen in my lifetime.)

  10. 10

    Does the donate button go to Mary, you or FtB?

  11. 11

    Would love to see you and Mary back here.

  12. 12

    I think she wants to go back.

    Well come on then! When and where should I be to see you speak?

  13. 13
    John Morales

    The first European explorers were somewhat bemused that trees shed their bark but kept their leaves.

    (Also, black swans)

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    Come back any time – you’d probably dig the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It’s a grand hunting ground for ancient fossils (esp the pre-Cambrian Ediacaran period – named in fact after the Ediacara hills near where the first lil buggers were found by bloody legend Reg Sprigg). Like any arid area it can hit 50 Celsius during the day and drop to freezing overnight. It’s also, like, chockers with rugged beauty, animals with big feet, obligatory venomous things and huge, lazy crows which have this way of looking at you sideways and croaking which makes you think they’re just waiting for you to die of thirst so they can eat your sweet, juicy eyeballs.

    It’s basically my favourite place in the world.

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    there is something astonishing about the silhouette of gum trees and the other distinctive flora in oz. i miss MN desperately, especially the winters and the woods, but this remains the chance of a lifetime to be here, not to mention the fact i love an aussie.

    thing is, for the folks here, it’s just another day, just a tree, just the bush…

    what it is, like everywhere, uniquely amazing!
    south western australia is one of the major biodiversity hot spots in the world, and i plan on doing what i can to help maintain that.

    i’ll raise a glass of white or a lovely fortified to you and Mrs PZM. be well!

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