A few more tropical plants and flowers from recent trips and this time I have managed to identify and attach (hopefully correct) names to most of them.
Flowers may not move around swiftly, except in the wind, and they do not take fright if you get too close (as far as we know!), but it does not mean they are always easy to photograph. Available light, shade and shadows and surrounding undergrowth can all play their part.
A seed head of the Taraxacum officinale, otherwise known as the Dandelion, a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. Although it is considered a weed by many, the Dandelion was originally introduced into America as a food crop. It is edible in its entirety and is also used in medicine and even for making wine.
A short stroll along the seashore this morning for a change. Some nice yellow and purple Sea Figs, Carpobrotus chilensis.
A couple of Wagtails, one Serin, a Blackcap and two Sardinian Warblers, but Black Redstarts by the score on Sunday morning.
I wasn’t out looking for birds but as they made the effort to come to me then I thought it only fair to grab a few shots.
There are still some Bird of Paradise flowers in bloom in various parts of the town, they always look nice. Seem to be some in bloom at almost all times of the year.
A quick wander along the beach this morning and there were a couple of Sardinian Warblers, Sylvia melanocephala, flitting about in the undergrowth.
The Butterfly Park, with its controlled tropical environment, is also a good place to find a variety of flowers and plants, particularly orchids. Not only are they colourful and impressive, they are also the source of the necessary nectar for many of the butterflies.