I’m lucky to have the beach
at the end of my path.
Sailboat near Taperoo
Melaleuca gibbosa (slender honey murtle)
There’s beauty, too —
Melaleuca lanceolata (black tea-tree)
— along the way.
Note: I have identified the flowers to the best of my ability (hover your cursor over the photographs to see their captions). For more about the slender honey murtle and the black tea-tree bush (also called a moonah tree), see here, and here.
It was a windy, dry December.
January’s been hot and windy, too.
The flowers are early …
… but as beautiful as ever.
Note: The tree in the picture at the top and the orange flowers in the picture at the bottom are, I think, Corymbia ficifolia, or the red-flowering gum — not native to my area or even my state, but a West Australian native originally. I think that the pink flowers in the middle picture, which are currently in blossom on some very young, newly planted trees in my local park, are a variety of the same species, but I’m not sure. Can anyone help?
My family (mother, father, sister) are home this Christmas.
There’s no better present.
A pot of tea’s always good, too. 🙂
Note: I am a fan of the blog Tea & Cookies. After a long absence from the blogosphere, Tara has returned. Reading her post ‘Grateful’ over and over will be another way that I’ll be celebrating Christmas this year.