In which my family wanders off the path, I scold them, and they tell me I am too Germanified.
I am not even kidding.
I may have mentioned it before, but one of the most amazing things about my small corner of the world, is the plant life.
In fact, the southwestern region of Australia, where I grew up, is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. These hotspots are defined as key areas of land that should be prioritized for conservation based on their rich diversity of species.
In order to be a hotspot, a region must have at least 1,500 vascular plant species as endemic (found there and nowhere else), and must have 30% or less of it’s original vegetation (i.e., the land is threatened).
The hotspots, of which there are now 35 worldwide, represent only 2.3% of the lands area, but support more than 50% of the worlds plant species!
Anyway, that’s the science of it.
This last one, a red and green kangaroo paw, which is incidentally the floral emblem of my state, is also rather dramatically artistic right? Or at least somehow mythical.
This one looks like a many legged dragon, or that thing from the never ending story, or a tardigrade flying through space.
Speaking of things that creep, this fellow was quite determined to get away unnoticed:
Although I was a bit late in the season to get the majority of the wildflowers, I was lucky enough to get the last of the snail orchids.