Friday photo – 2013’s “also rans” part 2

I know it’s Saturday, but today instead of a link post I’m doing part two of the photos I almost displayed as a Friday photo. Each of these photos was good enough and interesting enough to go in, but got pipped by something just a little more perfect for the season, the week, the stories I had to tell. Some I only set aside because I was able to promise myself their story was worth a separate post of its own. So here’s part 2 of 2013’s “also rans”.

Dandelion-like flower, half blown. Each floret is a little white fluffy tail on a thin spike radiating out from the centre.

November 2013. The geometric structure of an Asteraceae flower revealed.

Two dry chickpea pods lie opened on a piece of old wood. One has a golden yellow chickpea sitting between its opened wings.

November 2013. November is harvest month. These chickpeas weren’t quite dry enough for harvesting for storage, but I could have made fresh hummus with them.

Spidery dry brown plant with lots of tangly bits, against equally brown and bland looking bricks. Dangling here and there are peanuts in the shell.

November 2013. I pulled out the peanut plants when they died off at the beginning of winter and was impressed at how many peanuts were on them. They were a bit raw and fresh to eat so we left them to dry. And forgot about them. I found this one tumbleweeding across the patio in November.

Shadow of a big-leafed tree, radiating out in a five-pointed assymmetric star from the tree's stick-like trunk.

November 2013. I liked the pattern made by the lime tree’s shadow on the barley mulch in late-mornng sun.

An orange-red eucalyptus flower bursts its stamens out to the right of the photo, gleaming in sun. Lower and to the left are pale white buds just beginning to open, with the stamens all still folded into a bright but small and neat cap. One of the white bud caps is half way through falling off the flower.

I very much liked this closeup of the Red Flowering Gum’s flowers as they began to open, but chose not to use it as it didn’t convey the effect of the whole tree or the truest red flowers.

A spray of dark pink small flowers fanning to the right, above out of focus grey green fan-shaped leaves themselves in a spread fanning to the left.

November 2013. The pelargonium sidoides is flowering. It’s out in the “only water if you happen to remember and feel like it” area so I almost missed its flowering.

An orange-flowered plant hangs in a green bowl on the right of the photo. Behind it is a corrugated grey fence lit by sun and shadow. The shadow of the bowl and plant is clear on the fence on the left hand side of the photo.

December 2013. I was struck by the shadow of the Kalanchoe against the fence. We only get light through there at this time of year when the sun is far to the south of west.

Stem of a young olive tree running bottom to top of the photo. Two flies are on the stem, one mounting the other. The lower one's face is in clear focus.

December 2013. These flies were too involved in what they were doing to be bothered flying away when I looked at them, so I got the camera quite close.

A large brown caterpillar sits on the curve of a handlebar, lined by sun behind it. One large back hopping leg is missing. Its eyes are large and bulbous.

December 2013. My daughter found this grasshopper. I don’t know if it’s the same one we keep finding. It has a damaged leg I presume from the cats trying to catch it, we’ve rescued it from them at least once.

A cluster of many small intricate orange feathery flowers against a dark background.

December 2013. I love the colour of Orange Morrison or Verticordia nitens. The flowers are wondrously intricate, which is why they are also called featherflowers. This is a midsummer and autumn-flowering plant.

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