Hakea

I have a couple of weeks easier and then the rest of the month full on so I am going with the theme Things Aussie for this month - that way I can draw on images that I have when times get tough!
This week it's FLORA!
Another love - but they're all related so it's not surprising :)
Hakea is a member of the Protea family (Proteaceae) and its close relatives include Banksia and Grevillea. All species of Hakea are endemic to Australia. Hakeas can be found in many different environments; the tropics, mountains, the coast and desert areas. The most diversity in the genus occurs in the south of Western Australia.
The flowers of Hakea are followed by hard, woody seed pods each containing two seeds and, in the majority of species, these pods remain tightly closed unless stimulated to open by heat, such as following a bushfire, or by the death of the plant.
Magic diptych of gorgeous hakea. Our hakea laurina is out in full flower and looks fabulous.
posted July 15th, 2017  
looked it up - oh wow! I would love to see it - must keep my eye out if I get to the bush or gardens
posted July 15th, 2017  
Stunning diptych , of a very unusual plant to us in the northern hemisphere - a lovely flower and to think that the seed-head producing only two seed ,which are only released in extreme heat or the demise of the parent plant - mazing how the species survives !
posted July 15th, 2017  
Amazing, I haven't seen the seed pod before
posted July 15th, 2017  
I thought the pod was a beetle!
posted July 15th, 2017  
@gigiflower they are really gorgeous and often remind me of something else
posted July 15th, 2017  
@annied Such as?
posted July 15th, 2017  
@gigiflower hahahahaha little devils, snails, beetles
posted July 15th, 2017  
@annied Ok good, I wasn't going crazy or cross-eyed then!
posted July 15th, 2017  
gorgeous focus, DOF, colors & tones
posted July 15th, 2017  
Love both of these. Misty tones are super. Fav.
posted July 15th, 2017  
Fabulous.
posted July 16th, 2017  
Wonderful captures.
posted July 16th, 2017  
You Aussies have a lot of interesting plants.
posted July 17th, 2017  
Wonderful flower and narrative. The seed pod looked like an insect to me!
posted July 19th, 2017  
Very attractive!
posted September 4th, 2017  
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