Coal

Coal is like a butterfly of the earth in how it goes through a period of transformation from plant matter – it has different phases of development before it becomes coal. Coal is ancient and controversial – there’s issues of renewable resources and dirty fuel. Higher quality coal is called …

Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur

Just a quick post for today, sharing photographs of flowers and orchids I took in Malaysia! It was a sultry tropic day, the kind of  day you just wanted to drink a lot of water but had to balance it out with where the nearest toilets would possibly be(!)…. smog …

Lily / Lotus

A white lily balancing gently at the end of its graceful, slender stalk is said to symbolise the journey of a star across the heavens at night. The stem represents the map or path of its journey and the flower is the star itself, at its most perfect moment. This …

Magpie

Magpies warble and chortle a cheerful chorus at dawn and during the day – and sometimes in the middle of the night! They make a lovely sound, however someone who chatters a lot might be called a magpie! Magpies are a very common Australian bird, familiar in town and country.  …

Mistletoe

Mistletoe, found in places globally, is a fascinating symbol of co-adaptation between plants and seed spreading birds and animals. The mistletoe is a parasitic plant that attaches itself to certain trees and relies upon the mistletoe bird to eat its fruit and pass the seeds. The digestive system of the …

Paperbark Tree

A ‘womens’ business’ plant, the paperbark tree is familiar to most Australians. The soft bark peels off from the trunk in sheets, which can be used during menstruation, during and after childbirth and for physical injury where there is bleeding. Women would birth with the baby being born onto a …

Sturt’s Desert Pea

The state symbol for South Australia, the Aboriginal people call this beautiful, vibrant red flower the ‘flower of blood.’ It is also considered a symbol of the blood spilt during the invasion and the following years of European settlement. The Dreaming for this flower, from which the Aboriginal name originates, …

Waratah

This large, stately flower is the state symbol for New South Wales. Its Aboriginal name comes from its vibrant, red colouring. There are several Dreamings about the Waratah, one going back to the days of volcanoes! This Dreaming describes how the leaves of the Waratah can protect one from fire …