time of ngoonungi

Murrai’yunggory – cool getting warmer (September to October)

“The time of the gathering of the flying foxes. A magical time of the year when the flying foxes gather in the darkening skies over D’harawal Lands. They come in from the north-east, the north, the north-west and the west, and swirl over the Sydney area in a wonderful, sky-dancing display just after sunset, before setting off for the night-time feeding grounds to the south. But it is also a very important ceremonial time for the D’harawals, which begins with the appearance of the splashes of the bright red Miwa Gawaian (Telopea speciosissima) in the bushland.”  http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/dharawal/ngoonungi.shtml

Waratah (Telopea speciosissima) – Image source: http://www.capricornica.com/plants/tel_spec.htm

Noticing…

flying foxes

red belly black snakes active in the bush

We don’t see many waratah in the bush these days. Although it is illegal to cut the waratah flowers, people don’t always see how taking the flowers to adorn their living room affects the longevity of these plants in the bush. There’s an Indigenous story about how the waratah became red.

In the garden…

Yay for Spring! So happy to be pottering around the garden again, I just want to stay home and watch the plants grow.

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