Actually, I never call the species that makes these pods ‘Manna Wattle’ However, that is one common name for Acacia microbotrya, a fantabulous and tough pioneer species native to South Western Australia. I have heard people around Pingelly refer to this species as ‘rubbish trees’, and in the same conversation, declare their love of birds….Well the birds love this tree and so do I for the vigour, profusion and adaptability that has been a blessing in helping us to turn our five acre paddock into a nearly a woodland over 14 years……now with birds, frogs, reptiles, plenty of invertabrates and even…..A Western Pygmy Possum!! (they like rubbish trees too!)
So seeds – favorite tucker of galahs – and there is plenty to share this year. Just a teeny sample of my riches, that I will gather, scarify and plant in tubes for next winter’s rain. (these are unripe, and picked because I fell in love with the colour!)
Fujifilm finepix S 1500 auto/macro settings
Photoshop to adjust levels/colour balance/ contrast and curves
This is to right now my favorite shot. The pods just sang to me, and I grabbed a hadful and laid them on the cloth that was already on my table – one of those gut things that just took me with it. Love the glossy colour and promise of these pods, and love a hint of festivity and the exotic here, in celebration of such an ordinary, mundane, yet so precious and abundant little tree. Manna Wattle.