Friday, August 31, 2012

Whiff of spring

The first of September is Wattle Day and also said to be the first day of spring.  The original inhabitants of our region had a much more sensitive understanding of seasonality. Aunty Carolyn Briggs, indigenous elder of the Yalukit Willam of the Boon Wurrung people, in opening an event at the City of Port Phillip, explained that Boon Wurrung means 'to speak the country, speak the land, speak the place.' That's why it's good to get to know the indigenous plants of our place.  To get an appreciation of Melbourne's seasons, you might like to refer to this seasonal calendar  compiled by distinguished Dr Beth Gott from Monash University.
Happy Wattle Day to you!
photo thanks to Lyn Allison
Saturday 1 September
Went in search of wattle on this glorious spring day.

Esplanade West, Lagoon Oval

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