Friday 13 September 2013
Day 13 - Floral Emblem
This is a red and green kangaroo paw which is the floral emblem for the state of Western Australia. There are many different colours and shapes of kangaroo paw but this is my favourite. As a child I lived on a farm in a semi-arid environment, so in comparison, the bush around Perth actually seemed quite lush to me at the time. When we drove to Perth to visit our grandparents we would spot these beautiful flowers all through the bush as we entered the Darling Ranges. So even now I think they still channel a little of that exotica I felt as a child when visiting the "Big Smoke".
Below is the photo reference I worked from today. They are usually a little more spaced out when in found in the wild, this photo is of a mass planting in the gardens at Kings Park.
And below is a modest little specimen of a different variety (it may even be a hybrid) growing in my garden. I took this photo today. The kangaroo paw flowers actually feel furry to the touch.