This is a "Cutout Frangipani" blossom that dropped onto my deck chair at the Gold Coast in Australia.
I thought it's clear white petals with the swirl of the opening of the frangipani on the cool blue weave of the deck chair an interesting contrast of colors.
Throughout Australia, and in the Gold Coast, are these glorious trees called theBrachychiton acerifolius - Illawarra Flame Tree. It is a pleasing sight to see these trees so plentiful throughout Queensland and elsewhere. They are very common and are seen in residential areas as a part of the typical landscape.
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Another Queensland flower is the Myrtle. It too makes for a striking display of colors along walkways and garden beds.
Here is the Myrtle flower in white and just as beautiful!
Hats off to Christmas, by Georgie Sharp, is a sign that Christmas is near.
This is called, "Christmas Dance," by Georgie Sharp, and the hats are off!
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Above are the Flame flowers on the concrete after they have fallen off the trees. They look like tiny litte red hats!
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Image by Michael in San Diego, California via Flickr
This is also a "Bottlebrush" flower. I had this kind in my bridal flower arrangement when Steve and I were married in Tweed Heads, Australia. They are amazing flowers that actually grow on trees and are seen just about everywhere in Aus. and in gorgeous reds as well.
I would have to say of all of Australias' many beautiful plants, trees, and shrubs, the one that, in my mind, is singularly spectacular is the large jacaranda in full bloom. Each time we go to Australia to visit the family, I never fail to let out a huge gasp wheneve we approach one of these amazing trees. Next to a wisteria, it has to be one of my most favorite trees.
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These are known as banksia and grow on the coastal areas of Australia because they can take the salt air. They resemble the bottlebrush, in a way.
The photo above, by my favorite Australian wildflower photographer, Georgie Sharp, is called "Kangaroo Paws." How appropriate is that? Leave it to the Aussies to come up with an original name for this flower!