Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Keira McKenzie from Oz continues her series of gorgeous flower photographs, with lagniappe: a photo of Plushie, her beloved black cat. Keira’s captions are indented.

These images are the various presentations of what are known as Granny Bonnets (Isotropis cunifolia, not to be confused with columbines).  The backs of this tiny flower are more spectacular than their sweet little faces.





Fringe Lily (Thysanotus multiflorusthey have edible and apparently yummy roots).  A startling pink, I have seen photos of white ones.



This one is especially for you, Jerry.  Commonly known as a cats paw (Anigozanthos humilis), it is, quite obviously part of the kangaroo paw family, but it’s low growing and its colour is just gorgeous.


The common name for these are ‘pixie mops‘ (Petrophile linearis). the mages should be looked at in order. First, the cone, all fluffed up and getting ready to open,





Completely open with the tiny coloured flowers at the ends.  Such an astonishing flower.  Apparently some people call them ‘spider plants’ because of their appearance when they first open, and yes, it does look like one of those huge furry spiders with the big furry feet!


Blue devils (Eryngium pinnatifidum).  The bud:




Open.  The last image makes sense of the common name: ‘blue devils’.  Such an astonishing flower.


The miffed madam pictured is miffed because, having successfully lost her collar, i.d. tag and bell, and running nude for a night, I surprised her with new collar, bell and i.d. this afternoon.



  1. kieran
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos, saw the initials and went I didn’t take those pictures!

  2. Christopher
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    What wonderfully weird flowers.

  3. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous pics!

    Over the ditch in NZ the granny bonnets in my garden are aquilegia – what you refer to as columbines. I never knew others referred to them as columbines or that there were other flowers called granny bonnets. I’ve known aquilegia as granny bonnets my whole life, and I learned the names via my mother and grandmother who both are/were great gardners.

    It’s only 2.30am and I’ve already learned several new things today!

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 20, 2016 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Very fine pictures. You do know this is considered the graveyard shift?

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted October 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        I often wake up around this time due to pain, and checking out WEIT is one of the things I do while I wait until I’m able to sleep again.

  4. Posted October 20, 2016 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Gotta love people who love flowers.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Carl Kruse

  5. Merilee
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Beautiful flowers, and pusser, Keira.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Such beautiful plants, and lovingly depicted! I really enjoyed that, so thank you.
    The transformation of the pixie mop is interesting. It was striking to see how the flowers dramatically elongate. I know that that can be caused by various cell elongation factors, but that is about all I know.

  7. rickflick
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Nice pics. You got the light just right.

  8. Posted October 20, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Keira, what an intriguing series of photos and text depicting flowering plants! Thanks for sharing.

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