by Patrick Kavanagh
We recently sighted the first Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha on our place to burst into flower for the season. Always a stunning and joyful vision! It prompted me to train the high power macro lens on the erupting flower buds to see how the process works. I was amazed when someone pointed out to me the tiny insects on the bud at the earliest stage of flowering. How many can you count? I have also been fascinated by the marvelous shapes of the still-budding Spreading Wattles Acacia genistifolia so I’ve included a few more high magnification shots of these.