A walk along the River: Was it real?


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I am a reasonably observant person and was stunned the other day when I saw some flowers I’d never seen before. I posted these in Floral Friday asking if anybody knew what they were. No-one did and Sharon suggested that perhaps I was playing a joke. It got me thinking – perhaps someone had attached them as Christmas decoration to the tree and the laugh was on me. I returned to check it out. Along the way I saw some other flowers I’d not seen before with this seed pod being one.


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that had started life


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with small yellow flowers before the long seed pod formed.


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Then I saw these little fellows. Were these how my flower had started and what appropriate colouring for a flower at Christmas time. I looked to see if I could find what they morphed into.


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and found on a different tree what could certainly have been the end of the plant I was looking for.


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And found some conclusive evidence. The dried dead remains along with a couple that were still in their live glorious state.


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The bush went high and it was obvious their time was almost done as those higher up were of the dead dried variety.


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Spiders found them attractive.


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I compared the leaf and concluded that my two flowers had no relationship to each other apart from their habitat at the waters edge.


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Another flower


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and the same variety dried and near the end.


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Then I came across my tree from the other day. There were no old flowers on this one and the flowers climbed high on spindly lichen covered branches.


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A close up of the attachment shows it was  nature not man that put it here.


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So were they real. Most definitely they are and now I have two trees I would like to identify not just the one with the waxy red hat covering an olive like ball.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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33 Responses to A walk along the River: Was it real?

  1. Rebel Girl says:

    I have to find out what this is!

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  2. Beautiful trees and flowers, Irene 🙂
    Have you tried to google these trees with a photo?
    You can also try to search public plants for this area.
    Happy New Year.

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  3. So now we know it’s Mother Nature playing a joke on all of us – what a beautiful flower, I’m stunned no one knows its name. I googled “red waxy flower with blue center” but nothing like your flowers showed up. The mystery endures.

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  4. calmkate says:

    I’m thinking they might be native fruits … best to ask someone from the Gubbi Gubbi tribe?

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  5. You spiked my curiosity when I saw the red buds growing off this leaves. Really cool that you got to see what it was and bloomed into. Happy New Year!

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    Well, you have quite a conundrum. Is there someone in Sydney you can ask ? – I see you were thinking of the Botanical Gardens. Perhaps they can identify it from your photos!

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