Flower Friday – Tasmanian Waratah

Tasmanian Waratah - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Tasmanian Waratah – Photograph by Laura Lecce

I don’t think many of us from mainland Australia would know that Tassie has its very own type of Waratah. The waratah is a very special flower to those of us from the state of New South Wales, as it is our state emblem. The Tasmanian variety is called Telopea truncata (seen in the photo above), which has different flowers to Telopea speciosissima that we are used to seeing. Through pure chance, this photo also includes a damselfly which might be one of three different types (apparently commonly mistaken) called Austrolestes annulosus (the blue ringtail), Coenagrion lyelli, or Caliagrion billinghursti. After looking through many photos of them on Google, I am most definitely not taking the chance at picking which one! Sometimes we are better off not knowing and just enjoying, have a great weekend everyone!

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10 thoughts on “Flower Friday – Tasmanian Waratah

    1. I think blue ones are my favourites. Would have loved to get a closer shot of the damselfly, but no luck. The best photo happened when I wasn’t even ready for it!

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  1. From your comments, I take it that the damsel took the stage just as you were concentrating on the (lovely!) flower, but then you saw it and tried to get closer, but it was too shy. One of the joys of concentrating on one element in a scene is finding others when processing after-capture. When little folk like this appear, not having seen them when making the image, a few photo friends and I fondly call them “bonus bugs.” As for trying to make a definitive identification, sometimes it almost takes electron microscopy. I totally agree–it’s better to just enjoy them, and if one can make a tentative determination, it’s another bonus.

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    1. I love that…”bonus bugs”
      This was definitely one of those 🙂
      I can appreciate that there must be so many different kind of odonates with such subtle differences, it must take a lot of patience and passion to study them in depth.

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