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Whoa, I thought! Wattle season exploded out of nowhere, and what I remembered to be the cool coloured leaves of gums and wintered trees was now painted over in supercharged bright yellow.
The bush, heaving a multiplicity of yellow blooms was intense, and a tiny part of me wished it wasn't all so yellow.
Still, it was gorgeous and different, and it made me consider whether this was our version of the Cherry Blossom festival in Kyoto, Japan.
Perhaps our wattle explosion is just as extraordinary?
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this post contains names and images of people who have now entered the Dreamtime.
For the indigenous clans of Melbourne the Eucalyptus is important to the ceremony, Welcome to Country. It is significant to the Wurundjeri as it represents who they are.
We first learned how to live in harmony with the earth by reading from the stars. The stars and the constellations that stayed fixed in the sky from the dawn of time were and are the keeper of records, time, history, and memories.
Blessed with the ability to self illuminate, there are many fauna and fungi with the enviable ability to glow. Their secret is a special chemical called Luciferin that they produce inside of their bodies.
There are places so dark on this planet that no light exists, places that are silent, secret and too far deep for humans to reach. In these eery places out of sight, live creatures and critters with features not quite what we are used to closer to the daylight.